Liverpool proved once more to be unbeatable at their fortress Anfield Road, as the Reds welcomed Chelsea for Premier League’s last home game of the season. In an eight-goal thriller, Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Chelsea 5-3 and celebrated the Premier League trophy lifting through injured skipper Jordan Henderson, with his traditional shuffle.
Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbed Liverpool goals as Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, and Christian Pulisic discounted for the Blues.
Chelsea at Anfield is never easy, no matter what circumstances are in. From UEFA Champions League decisive games to that famous and infamous Steven Gerrard slip, the Blues are such tough visitors when stepping forward at Liverpool’s ground.
This time, with Frank Lampard’s men needing at least a draw to book their places into next season’s UCL, wouldn’t be different.
It’s been a while I don’t see such an aggressive stance from the away team at Anfield, and fair play to Chelsea, who added up some spice to this traditional game.
Thinking about the post-match trophy lifting, the Reds wanted to defend their home record of three Premier League seasons unbeaten at Anfield. Naby Keita started paving the way for that, as on 23 the Guinea international struck a 25-yard rocket straight into the top corner to break the deadlock at Anfield.
One became two as a Chelsea defender fouled Sadio Mane and the referee hesitated to award Liverpool the free-kick, but he did seconds after it. Trent Alexander-Arnold magically took it and curled it over the wall and into the top corner with no chances for Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, who just stared as the ball hit the back of the net.
Following a Liverpool corner, and after some terrible defending from Chelsea, the ball ended up with Wijnaldum, who scored from close-range. Giroud discounted for the Blues on the stroke of half-time, as the Champions went to the break leading 3-1.
After the break, Liverpool were back at it, and Arnold kept running the team from the right-wing. The Liverpool youngster perfectly crossed it to Roberto Firmino, who headed home to put an end to his Anfield goal drought this season in the Premier League. Believe it or not, it was the Brazil international’s first home goal in the League this season.
The game looked controlled for Liverpool, but Chelsea threatened a resurgence as Lampard made a triple-sub, changing his whole front-three for Pulisic, Abraham, and Hudson-Odoi.
The sub had an instant impact, as Pulisic skipped past four Liverpool players and set up Abraham, who completed with a simple tap-in from point-blank to reduce the deficit.
Pulisic scored one himself following a counter-attack on 74 mins, as the US international managed to fire home into the roof of the net from close-range. Bad defending from Liverpool’s center-backs, Virgil van Dijk, and Joe Gomez, who challenged for the same ball and ended up both falling over as Blues capitalized on that.
Klopp’s subs also did an impact, and Liverpool wrapped it up in style. Following a counter-attacking masterclass, Andy Robertson set up substitute Chamberlain, as the England international lashed past the Spaniard keeper on 84 minutes. 5-3 Liverpool.
What a Football match it was. Liverpool honored their fans with an eight-goal thriller win at their fortress, and celebrated the trophy lifting afterwards, as captain Jordan Henderson received the Premier League trophy from the hands of Liverpool legend Sir King Kenny Dalglish, and lifted Liverpool’s 19th League title.
Fair play to the new Premier League Champions, who, curiously, lifted it on 96 points. 96 is an important number to Liverpool due to the 96 Liverpool fans from the Hillsborough disaster. I’m sure the players and fans noted it, and also celebrated for the ones who couldn’t live up to watch the mighty Reds lift a League trophy after long 30 years of wait.
Well, this wait is over now, and everyone should celebrate this unique moment, as the Reds will keep on marching!
Congratulations Liverpool! Champions of Europe, of the World, and now of England!