Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Five talking points – Liverpool FC

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Five talking points - Liverpool FC

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened

When Andy Robertson slipped on the Anfield turf late in the second half of Liverpools victory over Chelsea on Sunday, there was a brief silence as the ghost of 2014 reared its head.

Liverpool might have been leading 2-0 at the time, but after constant reminders of the same fixture five years ago when Steven Gerrards fall gifted Chelsea their opening goal on the way to a victory that undid the Reds title challenge, it was clear some of the scars remained.

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So when Liverpool finally recovered the ball and danger was averted, it was no surprise that a cheer rang around the stadium. Jurgen Klopp even smiled on the touchline.

Ex-Arsenal striker Wright and former Liverpool winger McManaman both responded to Salahs thunderbolt by opening their mouths wide in astonishment and cheering.

Everyone knew the significance of the moment. After watching Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah score within the space of two minutes to earn a 2-0 lead, it was final confirmation that this time, it would be different.

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Liverpool passed the test that wracked the nerves of so many fans beforehand. Klopp said on Friday that the game in 2014, which helped Manchester City to the title, had no bearing on his team this time around. And he was right.

From their tactics, to their personnel and an unwillingness not to be distracted by outside forces, Liverpool banished the memory of the slip forever, according to the German.

Jonathan Walters, who played with Given for Stoke and Ireland, posted the video alongside the words: Getting that last meal in before summer training.

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“We can finally close the slipping book,” Klopp said. “Robertson slipped and nothing happened, so its not a Liverpool thing. Done.”

Given, meanwhile, was preoccupied by his mid-match meal and barely even looked up from his plate to acknowledge that a goal had been scored.

In one of the tightest title races in years, it was another sign that Klopps side might have enough going for them to win a first league championship in 29 years.

There are many ways in which this Liverpool team is different to the 2014 one, not least in terms of experience, but the approach of fans and the club has changed too.

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By the time of the match in 2014, which was later on in the season, Liverpool had won 11 successive league games, and looked to be closing in on the title.

1:42 Jürgen Klopp: Salah strike against Chelsea blew me away – video A collective gasp was then heard around Anfield when Salah sealed a most precious victory with a shot of exquisite beauty. He was lurking in a similar position to the opening goal when he took a cross-field pass from Van Dijk with a polished first touch. This time he stepped across Emerson and, before the Chelsea defence could react, unleashed an angled drive that flew straight and true into the top corner of Arrizabalagas goal. It was an unforgettable moment that left Klopp looking on in joyous disbelief and over 50,000 others following suit.

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The fans could sense it and they let it show. For home games, they surrounded the team bus down the Anfield Road approach to the stadium, lending matches a carnival-like atmosphere.

The following 45 minutes were tense and far removed from the monumental occasion it would become. Liverpool started on the front foot but without the aggression and composure on the ball that so often makes their control count. Sarris side, with Hazard operating as a false nine, worked their way into promising situations on the counterattack without troubling Alisson in the Liverpool goal. Their first-half display was encapsulated by Willian breaking from a David Luiz clearance, cutting inside Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson, then slicing well wide from 18 yards.

Being in the hunt for this years Premier League appears more normal. Of course the club are desperate to end their long wait, but with Manchester City two points behind with a game in hand, there are no premature celebrations.

Even at the end of Sundays game, the Kop sang about Liverpool being top of the league, not winning it.

The game, the atmosphere and quite possibly the title race turned six minutes after the restart when Matip picked out Salah with a measured pass out of defence. Liverpools leading marksman played a one-two with Roberto Firmino that should have been cut out by Emerson. The Chelsea left-back was weak in the challenge, Henderson nipped in ahead of Jorginho and floated a delightful cross over from the by-line for Mané to head home.

Back in 2014, the carnival atmosphere proved a misjudgement, aggravating then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who brought his usual gift for tactical controversy to the encounter.

Read more Until Mané struck his 18th goal of the league campaign the most significant moment was the knee injury sustained by Antonio Rüdiger when chasing a Joël Matip ball over the top towards Mané. The Chelsea central defender had started authoritatively and laboured on for another 18 minutes before collapsing again. He looked in a bad way when carried off the pitch by two members of the Chelsea medical staff.

He described the pre-match party a “circus” and complained his team had been cast as “clowns”. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said their opponents had “parked two buses” that day and admitted his team could not cope.

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Klopps side now, like Rodgers then, are arguably the best attacking team in the league, but they are more tactically flexible and also know when to bide their time rather than getting frustrated if they cannot score early.

Liverpool have scored a league-high 21 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, but they did not need to wait that long as Mane and Salah struck in the space of two minutes shortly after the break.

Not for the first time this season, Liverpool also responded to a City win by holding their nerve to produce three points of their own.

City have a game in hand over Liverpool and if they win their remaining five fixtures they will retain their title. However, they have arguably a tougher run-in with matches against Tottenham and Manchester United to come.

Liverpool may have been helped by coming up against a Maurizio Sarri side more focused on their own style than disrupting the opposition but, mentally, Klopps team look stronger than their predecessors.

Critics often point out that Klopp has yet to win anything with Liverpool despite a hefty budget but the German has been here before.

With Borussia Dortmund, he twice held off German giants Bayern Munich to win successive Bundesliga titles,

With Eden Hazard breaking forward after a period of Liverpool pressing in the Chelsea half, Fabinho tracked his man back and made a robust, lunging tackle to nick the ball of the Belgian.

Klopp said after the game: “What we want to do is collect as many points as possible. Thats 85 points now, so with four games to play that means [we can get] 97.

With Chelsea likely to play on the break as we look to impose ourselves on this one, well need the Brazilian to make more of these crucial tackles.

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“Lets try that and if thats enough, perfect. If its not, we cannot change it. We didnt lose it here or there. Very smart people say if youd beaten Leicester youd be champions and stuff like this.

Klopps side are now one point short of the title-winning total City reached in 2014 with four games remaining.

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Whether that offers any genuine solace if they finish second remains to be seen, but Klopp was at pains to suggest it will.

Bournemouth emphatically put five past Brighton on Saturday and left the Seagulls to sweat on their future in the Premier League, while moving themselves into 12th. Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser both scored and assisted at the Amex Stadium, meaning they have combined for 11 goals in the league, the most between two players since Nicolas Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp for Arsenal in 1998-99 (10).

“We expect Manchester City to win all their games so we just need to get as many points as possible and if were champions then great but if not it is still a really good football team.”

With his wonderstrike against Chelsea, Mo Salah bagged his 19th goal in the Premier League so far this season. This makes him the current joint top scorer in the division and surely dispels talk that he’s had a pour campaign. Since the start of 2017/18, Salah has scored 66 goals in all competitions, more than any other Premier League player.

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Liverpools Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock Rob Smyth

Felipe Anderson had gone 14 Premier League matches without finding the back of the net, but was on target to equalise at Old Trafford. In doing so, he became the first player since Jermain Defoe back in 2001-02 to score against Manchester United in both fixtures, having netted at London Stadium in September.

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea Our Anfield match report has landed, so Ill leave you with that. Thanks for your company and emails. See you soon for the next instalment in this immense title race.

What did the manager say at half-time? I cant tell you that! I thought there was a period when we blew them away a bit, but then they had a couple of good chances. Overall its a good performance because Chelsea are a good side. Ive moved a little bit further forward in the last few weeks, which Ive enjoyed. Its really big for us to be in the title race. Weve got a few big games coming up, and were enjoying it.

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What happened five years ago didnt matter today. It was a totally different game, totally different circumstances, and we are very happy with the three points. We managed to put Chelsea under pressure and they didnt play their usual game at times, so all credit to us. We just focus on our games, not City. Well see, well see.

It encapsulated the task Liverpool face to dethrone England’s champions. Their struggles in Europe should not be ignored but City have now dropped 30 Premier League points since the start of last season; Tottenham (32), Arsenal (33), Chelsea (34) and Manchester United (35) have all dropped more this campaign alone. Palace themselves have dropped 27 since beating Pep Guardiola’s side in late December.

Liverpools remaining games are Cardiff (A), Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A) and Wolves (H). They should win all four; if they do, Manchester City will have no margin for error. There has never been such a relentless title race in English football.

Liverpool blinked first, and how. The story of their collapse at home to Chelsea has been well-documented but it would have meant nothing had Manchester City not beaten Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park later that same day. “I talked with the players before the game not to be thinking about the result of Chelsea and Liverpool,” said Pellegrini, who hailed a “professional” 2-0 victory.

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Liverpool go back to the top of the table and get another tricky fixture out of the way. They blew Chelsea away at the start of the second half, when Sadio Mane and Mo Salah scored in the space of three minutes. Salahs howitzer went into Anfield folklore even before it hit the net.

The first goal was sumptuous. Kevin de Bruyne, starting after playing a single minute against Tottenham on Tuesday, staked his claim to start in the quarter-final’s second leg with a delightful through ball into Raheem Sterling. Perhaps eager to atone for missing a gilt-edged opportunity earlier in the game, the forward gathered the pass and finished wonderfully past Vicente Guaita.

Chelsea did plenty of good things, but they picked the wrong team and then Eden Hazard missed two excellent chances to make it 2-1 and give Anfield the heebie-jeebies. Its a big blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Juergen Klopp celebrates after Liverpools 2-0 victory. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Updated at 6.27pm BST

Fate dictated that those same fixtures be played five years later in similar circumstances. Liverpool entered this weekend top of the table, with third-placed Chelsea visiting Anfield. City, in second, travelled to Palace hoping, with their game played first instead, that they could apply some unwelcome pressure.

89 min An electric bit of play from Mane, who roars past Christensen and smacks a rising shot that is pawed behind by Kepa. Before the corner is taken, Xherdan Shaqiri comes on to replace Mo Salah, whose memorable heatseeker ensured victory for Liverpool.

But thats all in the past now. Were two points above Manchester City with five games to go and the context is completely different. Between the two sides, the only player who started for either side  from that 2013/14 meeting is Mo Salah – and he was at Chelsea then!

87 min Kepa comes out of his area to meet an up and under from van Dijk, makes a Horlicks of his attempted clearance under pressure from Mane, and is a bit fortunate to see the ball drift behind for a goalkick.

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86 min Chelseas race is run. They have played better today than during those pitiful defeats at Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City, but they couldnt cope when Liverpool increased the tempo for 10 minutes at the start of the second half. That has been the difference.

Chelsea come into this one off the back of four wins in all competitions. Despite an absolute worldy from Daniel Sturridge, we earned a draw with them earlier in the season and they knocked us out of the Carabao Cup at Anfield back in September.

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Yes, Jamie Carragher made the same comparison on Sky. I suppose Salahs was a more spectacular finish, because of the way it rose into the top corner, but I prefer Fowlers goal overall because of the skill that preceded it.

Speaking of changes, well likely be calling on Andy Robertson again after he missed out on the Porto game due to suspension, which makes the ever-present midfield conundrum a bit more confusing with James Milner gunning for a start.

81 min All this talk of Liverpool fans being somehow different, says Niall Mullen, is not really dampening my sense of Liverpool exceptionalism.

With Naby Keïta finally finding form, the fine performances of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum being rested, and Fabinho nearly always imperious, any on of the five could find themselves in our midfield three on Sunday.

80 min A stinging shot on the turn by Firmino is well held by the diving Kepa. Chelsea scraper down the other end, where Hazards ball into the six-yard area is kicked behind by Alexander-Arnold.

Hes not wrong. Historically, the fixture has been the bane of our winning ways. Our last win over Chelsea at Anfield was in 2016 and we all remember what happened five years ago as our title hopes came crashing down.

76 min A substitution apiece. Ross Barkley replaces the disappointing Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and James Milner comes on for the excellent Jordan Henderson.

74 min Liverpool are playing on the counter-attack now, which makes sense in the circumstances. Salah leads a four-on-three break and finds Henderson, whose cross from the byline is over the head of Mane at the far post.

71 min Alexander-Arnold, still on the left after taking a corner, Cruyff turns sweetly past Higuain before driving a low shot straight at Kepa. I have no idea what position hell end up in, because he has such ability. Hes almost too good to be a full-back, even in a post-Pep world.

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70 min Matt Dony not really on the point I think – United, Chelsea fans etc during their better years were nowhere near the righteous levels of Liverpool fans in their barren years, says Andrew Hurley. This feeling of being superior fans is unsettling, as it implies something not right to need to want to be seen by others in such a light. The question is though – why does it bother everyone else!?! 🙂

68 min Liverpool have started to calm the game down after that madcap 10 minutes, when they were almost too emotional to function.

67 min David Dein, with the sentiments I expected in answer to Andrew Hurleys question, says Matt Dony. Its a line of reasoning Ive heard a lot recently. I can only assume that no one remembers meeting a United fan during the peak Fergie years. Insufferable barely scratches the surface. And, yes, I freely admit I will be a tiny, tiny bit smug if Liverpool win the league. But, no more so than, say, Chelsea fans who suddenly appeared during Joses first stint. Anyway, its all moot. Liverpool winning today will just make the final day, when City confirm the title, even more sickening.

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64 min In answer to David Dein, just this, begins Hubert OHearn. Piers Morgan. Now, you were saying something about insufferable fans?

63 min Its all Chelsea at the moment. What a strange game. If Chelsea get one, it will be squeaky-bum time in excelsis.

62 min If Liverpool do win the league opposition fans are convinced that we are going to be a nightmare, says Niall Mullen. I will be a nightmare. Im gonna come around all your houses, steal your shoes and make you sit an exam for which youre completely unprepared.

61 min After a cagey first half, this is turning into a slugfest. Azpilicueta breaks into the area and slides a ball right across the six-yard box. It was begging to be finished.

60 min: Another great chance for Hazard! Willian had loads of space on the right and curled a superb ball into the middle. Hazard got behind the defence and dragged a first-time shot that was smartly saved by the diving Alisson. He didnt quite get hold of it, though it was a difficult ball to take first time because it bounced just in front of him.

Hazard shoots, buts its saved by Alisson. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 5.54pm BST

59 min: Hazard hits the post! A Chelsea corner was cleared to the halfway line, where Emerson drove a speculative ball back over the top. Hazard, who was just onside, took the ball down beautifully on the run and slipped it through the outrushing Alissons legs – but it bounced off the face of the near post.

59 min As a Gooner I can tell you why so many, myself included, do not want Liverpool to win the league, says David Dein. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the clubs achievements, they were absolutely fantastic throughout the 70s and 80s. An absolute joy to watch. Their fanbase, however, are insufferable. The idea of millions of gloating Scousers with zero sense of perspective does not bear thinking about. Come on Chelsea!

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