Liverpool was in no mood to allow Chelsea to spoil their Premier League trophy presentation party with an entertaining encounter entirely befitting the occasion.
The Premier League trophy-lift party started on the pitch with an entertaining 5-3 win over Chelsea at Anfield, meaning the Blues’ top-four hopes go to the final day.
A draw would have secured Champions League football next season for Chelsea, but they capitulated in the first half as Liverpool switched gears early through Naby Keita’s stunner (23), Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fine free-kick (38) and Gini Wijnaldum’s volley (43).
Three goals to the goods but Olivier Giroud pulled one back before the break (45+3), but the goals kept coming as Roberto Firmino headed home Alexander-Arnold’s sinister delivery for 4-1 (55), before substitute, Tammy Abraham reduced the deficit again following fellow substitute Christian Pulisic’s brilliant assist (61).
Pulisic was at his best again as he brought Chelsea to within one with a fine turn and shot to make it 4-3 (73), but Liverpool showed their superiority once more as a blistering break ended in substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turning home Andrew Robertson’s center (85).
Chelsea remain in fourth following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham earlier on Wednesday, and both Chelsea and United need a point in their final game to secure a Champions League spot. Chelsea host Wolves and Manchester United go to Leicester, who need to win to secure a top-four spot.
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Chelsea had all to play for as they were handed a major boost before kick-off after Manchester United could only draw 1-1 with West Ham at Old Trafford, meaning a draw at Anfield could secure top-four spot for the Blues.
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Stats and Facts from the match
- Liverpool have amassed 55 points from the 57 available to them at Anfield in this season’s Premier League (P19 W18 D1 L0), the joint-most any side has earned at home in a campaign in the competition (alongside Chelsea in 2005-06, Manchester United in 2010-11 and Manchester City in 2011-12).
- Only Aston Villa (0) have kept fewer clean sheets away from home than Chelsea (1) in this season’s Premier League. This is Chelsea’s outright lowest number of shutouts away from home in a single season in the competition.
- Liverpool have remained unbeaten at Anfield in three consecutive league seasons for the first time in the club’s history.
- This was the first Premier League game at Anfield to see as many as eight goals scored since Liverpool’s 4-4 draw with Arsenal in April 2009.
- Only bottom-placed Norwich City (12) have conceded more Premier League goals from corner situations than Chelsea (10) this season.
- Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has scored three direct free-kicks in the Premier League; only Jamie Redknapp (four) scored more at the age of 21 or under in the competition.
- Mohamed Salah is the only Liverpool player to reach 10-plus goals and 10-plus assists in two separate Premier League seasons (also 2017-18).
- Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored his first Premier League goal at Anfield in 20 appearances, ending a run of 1,591 minutes of play and 56 attempted shots without scoring at the ground since he netted against Tottenham in March 2019, 479 days ago.
- With their assists against Chelsea, Andy Robertson (27) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (26) are now the outright top two defenders for most Premier League assists for Liverpool, both ahead of Stig Inge Bjornebye (25).
- Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has scored seven Premier League goals against Liverpool; only versus Aston Villa and Newcastle (both eight) has he netted more in the competition.
- Christian Pulisic has scored nine Premier League goals for Chelsea this season; among American players, only Clint Dempsey (17 in 2011-12 and 12 in 2010-11) has ever scored more in a campaign – his goal was the 1,000th scored in this season’s Premier League.
Premier League 2019-20 season table after matchday 37
|15||West Ham United||37||10||8||19||48||61||-13||38|
|16||Brighton and Hove Albion||37||8||14||15||37||53||-16||38|