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Cole impressed with Chelsea display against Liverpool, but admits they must win more big games

Ashley Cole says he was impressed by Chelsea’s performance against Liverpool, despite Maurizio Sarri’s side being beaten 2-0 at Anfield.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah earned Liverpool a vital win, with defeat leaving Chelsea facing a difficult task to secure a top-four finish.

The Blues have had a poor record in big Premier League away games this season, having lost at Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City prior to defeat at Anfield, though Cole admits there were positives to take from Sunday’s defeat.

‘I think it should feel different for them,” Cole told Sky Sports.

”It’s the best I’ve seen them collectively as a team. They kept the ball well, they created chances and Jorginho in the first half played very well – he got around players, made important tackles and freed Willian in behind.

‘At a club like Chelsea, it shouldn’t really matter how well you’re playing, you’ve got to be winning games. You can’t be losing big games like this. For next season they have to finish top four.’