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Ramires gave the Blues an early advantage with a rocket of a header inside four minutes, but soon enough his team would be on the receiving end of some dominant play by Liverpool, with Philipe Coutinho putting the exclamation mark on that, curling in from the edge of the area just before half-time.
Having flattened the atmosphere in the capital, the Reds continued to outplay their opposition before Coutinho bagged another, then Benteke finished off the job with a strong low effort inside the area.
For Klopp it was jubilation, but as a bewildered Mourinho watched on from the sidelines, Chelsea's horror season was epitomised on the day of Halloween.
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A contrast of red and blue filled the turf in an autumnal afternoon at Stamford Bridge as Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool got the action under way and looked to translate the plan of their German manager early, pressing the hosts and opening up an opportunity as Roberto Firmino let fly from far out.
But in a stark turn of events, the Londoners would be bouncing. César Azpilicueta burst down the left flank and sent a cross into the box which appeared to take a deflection on its path, but nonetheless, Ramires, with a late run, would make powerful contact with it as his thumping header gave Chelsea the lead, with the Reds' defensive frailties on full display in that instance.
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That opener prompted a spell of dominant play from the Blues. After Willian's free-kick was flagged for offside, Lucas was booked for a foul on Diego Costa as Mourinho watched on with optimism as his team showed signs of their better days.
With their possession stats restricted by the hosts' ability to keep strongly on the ball, Liverpool soon began to find their feet. Soon enough it was almost the opposite as to the earlier minutes, with Liverpool holding the ball well. The only problem was that they posed little threat. Clyne's shot rolled wide while Begovic collected a corner, before the keeper then stopped Lallana who shot on the turn.
They would continue to force chances right until the very end of the half, but as the first period began to wind down the Reds would make all the pressing and probing worthwhile through a delightful Philipe Coutinho effort.
The Brazilian was fed by his compatriot Firmino just outside the area, where he took Ramires completely out of the picture by dragging the ball on to his left foot, then unleashing a wonderful curved effort at mid-height to lift Liverpool spirits at the interval.
With the atmosphere flattened at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool started positively again before Chelsea began to start holding their own. Just as the possibility of a draw began to grow, the Reds resident magician would make another impact.
The Brazilian got on the end of Benteke's knock-down header before letting fly from the edge of the box with his right foot, deflecting off Terry and into goal. At that point it was clear, Chelsea were now being outplayed. Comprehensively.
A few minutes later and the Chelsea defenders were mere spectators when Christian Benteke unleashed a strong low bullet into the bottom corner to make it 3-1 to Chelsea. As the time dragged on, the Reds every progressively held control while Mourinho's horror story ran on.
Indeed for Klopp it was a treat. But for everyone affiliated with Chelsea, it will be known as the Halloween horror.