Five years on from the infamous Gerard slip Liverpool sought redemption as Chelsea came around to Anfield once again.
This time it wasn’t to be defeat for the Reds. A magnificent couple of goals scored a magnificent couple of players. With all of the racism accusations against Chelsea fans just to underpin their goal, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both struck as Liverpool re-took their top spot.
Liverpool dominated the first half holding much of the possession. Chelsea didn’t really manage to get going in the first half as Liverpool controlled the game.
The big second-half was needed and exactly what we got from the Reds as they scored two goals within 142 seconds of each other.
Sadio Mané opened the scoring with an amazing touch on the end of a Jordan Henderson cross. Salah then one-upped his fellow attacker with one of the goals of the season.
All three of those names mentioned really stood out today. Liverpool were in need of a captain, a leader, to take the team by the scruff of the neck and that’s what they got from Jordan Henderson today.
They needed ruthless aggression and that’s what Mane and Salah offered them today. In the wake of the racist campaign of hate against Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian silenced everyone with his thunderbolt of a strike that blew past Kepa in the Chelsea goal.
As soon as Liverpool scored, Chelsea came back into the game and they had a few chances of their own.
Eden Hazard missed a couple of sitters, one hitting the post; the other being well saved by Alisson. Chelsea didn’t really offer much else other than the infrequent attacks from their wings. Those didn’t even come about until after Liverpool had put the game to bed.
There were flashbacks to the 2014 loss to Chelsea and Andy Robinson manage to slip over the ball and lose possession. Luckily, this time there wasn’t a Demba Ba there to pounce on the ball and take advantage. Liverpool survived a frantic last 20 minutes in order to come away with all three points.
Liverpool have just four games left to play in the Premier League. They play Cardiff next weekend, followed by Newcastle, Huddersfield, and Wolves at home on the final day of the season.
That being said, this win feels huge. Vanquishing the demons of the last title race and finally getting one over Chelsea after eight failed attempts at Anfield. Liverpool have exorcised the ghost of Premier League past.
The Reds still need Manchester City to drop points to win the league, however, the Citizen’s face Spurs twice next week, with Manchester United beckoning the week after.
Both Manchester City and Liverpool have now passed the final points total of SEVEN Premier League Champions. There’s still 12 points to play for in Liverpool and 15 for City.
This is what a title race is supposed to be.