Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy after defeating Frank Lampard’s blues by 5 goals to 3. It was a thrilling and exciting game for the neutral viewer, however, as Chelsea fans, we saw what we’ve been seeing all season: poor defending, abject goalkeeping but very promising forward play. This defeat leaves Chelsea needing one point from our final game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge to secure Champions’ League football once again, although if Leicester slump to a defeat against Manchester United, we can qualify without taking a point on Sunday.
The early stages of our encounter with Liverpool were very evenly matched, both teams had their fair share of the ball but neither were particularly probing in their attacks. A presentable chance came to Mason Mount who blazed his header over the crossbar and Liverpool’s best chance of the early stages fell to Mo Salah when he found some space in the box, only to be closed down sharply by Antonio Rudiger.
23 minutes into the game, Naby Keita fired what looked to be an absolute rocket off the crossbar and in to the back of the net but looking back at the goal, it is clear that Kepa should’ve done better. A sentence that has been said many times this season and was said on more than one occasion during the game. Keita’s shot was venomous but was struck down the middle of the goal. The Chelsea of old wouldn’t have worried about that shot as Cech and Courtois would save that with ease. Kepa simply should’ve done better. Minutes later, Mateo Kovacic was judged to have hacked Mane down on the edge of the area which sparked a touchline clash between Frank Lampard and Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders. Frank’s fury at Kovacic’s clean tackle being penalised was compounded when Trent Alexander-Arnold buried the free kick. Again, questions could be asked of Kepa’s positioning.
With Chelsea 2 goals down at Anfield all looked lost and this was worsened by Gini Wijnaldum slotting another past us shortly before half time. Giroud’s attempted clearance ricocheted off Jorginho’s arm and fell to the Dutchman who thumped it home from close range. Poor defending from Chelsea again and we were punished for it. However, in the 48th minute, Chelsea were thrown a lifeline when Giroud scored from close range after a terrific save from Alisson. This gave Chelsea a glimmer of hope when all seemed lost only minutes before.
Chelsea came out unchanged in the second half, a decision which baffled many as it was clear that substitutions were clearly required, especially the red-hot Christian Pulisic’s presence was needed on the pitch. Liverpool went further into the lead in the 55th minute with an inevitable Roberto Firmino goal. Every Chelsea fan knew that his goalscoring drought at Anfield that has lasted all season would come to an end against us. We’ve been charitable to players this season ending the droughts of players like Zaha, Benteke, Yarmolenko and McGoldrick in recent weeks.
The fourth Liverpool goal sparked a change in our game. Lampard made a triple attacking substitution with Hudson-Odoi, Abraham and Pulisic coming on, and they all made a substantial difference to our game. A “Hazardesque” run from Pulisic set up a tap in for Abraham seconds after the pair came on and another goal shortly after from Pulisic had Chelsea fans believing again. Pulisic was simply world class when he came on and I cannot wait to see him playing with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and potentially Kai Havertz. Chelsea were all over Liverpool in the late stages of the game but all hope was killed when Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up the win for Liverpool. There were two major problems with this 5th goal: Jorginho failed to foul Andy Robertson when it was clearly the sensible thing to do, and Kepa’s weak wrists cost us again. This goal killed off all momentum when I could see us getting a point from the game.
This game ended in a disappointing fashion for Chelsea but the end goal is still in our hands. Manchester United have overtaken us in the league but a point against Wolves will do it for us. Let’s hope that the blues turn up on Sunday, we secure Champions League football and then try and win the FA Cup again. I have faith in Frank and the players to turn up against Wolves and deliver the goods. KTBFFH
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