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

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An superior objective from Mo Salah ensured an finally snug victory for Liverpool, who blew Chelsea away initially of the second half

The most effective photographs from the weekend.

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It was an honest strike, to be truthful.

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The participant scores are in.

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Liverpool 2-Zero Chelsea Our Anfield match report has landed, so I’ll depart you with that. Thanks in your firm and emails. See you quickly for the subsequent instalment on this immense title race.

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Submit-match interviews

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool’s remaining video games are Cardiff (A), Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A) and Wolves (H). They need to win all 4; in the event that they do, Manchester Metropolis may have no margin for error. There has by no means been such a relentless title race in English soccer.

Liverpool return to the highest of the desk and get one other tough fixture out of the best way. They blew Chelsea away at first of the second half, when Sadio Mane and Mo Salah scored within the area of three minutes. Salah’s howitzer went into Anfield folklore even earlier than it hit the web.

Chelsea did loads of good issues, however they picked the incorrect group after which Eden Hazard missed two wonderful possibilities to make it 2-1 and provides Anfield the heebie-jeebies. It’s an enormous blow to their hopes of ending within the prime 4.

90 min Three minutes.

89 min An electrical little bit of play from Mane, who roars previous Christensen and smacks a rising shot that's pawed behind by Kepa. Earlier than the nook is taken, Xherdan Shaqiri comes on to switch Mo Salah, whose memorable heatseeker ensured victory for Liverpool.

87 min Kepa comes out of his space to satisfy an up and beneath from van Dijk, makes a Horlicks of his tried clearance underneath strain from Mane, and is a bit lucky to see the ball drift behind for a goalkick.

86 min Chelsea’s race is run. They've performed higher at this time than throughout these pitiful defeats at Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis, however they couldn’t cope when Liverpool elevated the tempo for 10 minutes firstly of the second half. That has been the distinction.

84 min “That Salah aim,” says Niall Mullen, “jogged my memory of one thing.”

83 min Liverpool win a few corners in fast succession. They're very snug the noo.

81 min “All this speak of Liverpool followers being one way or the other totally different,” says Niall Mullen, “shouldn't be actually dampening my sense of Liverpool exceptionalism.”

80 min A stinging shot on the flip by Firmino is properly held by the diving Kepa. Chelsea scraper down the opposite finish, the place Hazard’s ball into the six-yard space is kicked behind by Alexander-Arnold.

78 min “The smiley was for you,” says Andrew Hurley, “to point I’m not irate!”

Ah, a-hem. Now, about these exclamation marks…

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

74 min Liverpool are enjoying on the counter-attack now, which is sensible within the circumstances. Salah leads a four-on-three break and finds Henderson, whose cross from the byline is over the top of Mane on the far submit.

71 min Alexander-Arnold, nonetheless on the left after taking a nook, Cruyff turns sweetly previous Higuain earlier than driving a low shot straight at Kepa. I do not know what place he’ll find yourself in, as a result of he has such capacity. He’s virtually too good to be a full-back, even in a post-Pep world.

70 min “Matt Dony not likely on the purpose I feel - United, Chelsea followers and so forth throughout their higher years have been nowhere close to the righteous ranges of Liverpool followers of their barren years,” says Andrew Hurley. “This sense of being superior followers is unsettling, because it implies one thing not proper to wish to need to be seen by others in such a light-weight. The query is although - why does it hassle everybody else!?! :)”

I’ll inform you what bothers me: smileys.

69 min Hazard has been a continuing menace since shifting to the left. Who knew?

68 min Liverpool have began to calm the sport down after that madcap 10 minutes, once they have been virtually too emotional to perform.

67 min “David Dein, with the emotions I anticipated in reply to Andrew Hurley’s query,” says Matt Dony. “It’s a line of reasoning I’ve heard rather a lot lately. I can solely assume that nobody remembers assembly a United fan in the course of the peak Fergie years. ‘Unbearable’ barely scratches the floor. And, sure, I freely admit I can be a tiny, tiny bit smug if Liverpool win the league. However, no extra so than, say, Chelsea followers who all of a sudden appeared throughout Jose’s first stint. Anyway, it’s all moot. Liverpool profitable at this time will simply make the ultimate day, when Metropolis affirm the title, much more sickening.”

66 min Liverpool make a substitution, with Gio Wijnaldum changing Naby Keita.

65 min Salah attracts an honest save from Kepa with a drive in the direction of the close to publish.

64 min “In reply to David Dein, simply this,” begins Hubert O’Hearn. “Piers Morgan. Now, you have been saying one thing about unbearable followers?”

Simply let me go and get the popcorn.

63 min It’s all Chelsea in the mean time. What a wierd recreation. If Chelsea get one, will probably be squeaky-bum time in excelsis.

62 min “If Liverpool do win the league opposition followers are satisfied that we're going to be a nightmare,” says Niall Mullen. “I will probably be a nightmare. I’m gonna come round all of your homes, steal your footwear and make you sit an examination for which you’re utterly unprepared.”

61 min After a cagey first half, that is turning right into a slugfest. Azpilicueta breaks into the world and slides a ball proper throughout the six-yard field. It was begging to be completed.

60 min: One other nice probability for Hazard! Willian had a great deal of area on the appropriate and curled an outstanding ball into the center. Hazard acquired behind the defence and dragged a first-time shot that was well saved by the diving Alisson. He didn’t fairly pay money for it, although it was a troublesome ball to take first time as a result of it bounced simply in entrance of him.

59 min: Hazard hits the publish! A Chelsea nook was cleared to the midway line, the place Emerson drove a speculative ball again excessive. Hazard, who was simply onside, took the ball down superbly on the run and slipped it by way of the outrushing Alisson’s legs – however it bounced off the face of the close to publish.

59 min “As a Gooner I can inform you why so many, myself included, are not looking for Liverpool to win the league,” says David Dein. “I've nothing however the utmost respect for the membership’s achievements, they have been completely implausible all through the 70s and 80s. An absolute pleasure to observe. Their fanbase, nevertheless, are unbearable. The thought of hundreds of thousands of gloating Scousers with zero sense of perspective doesn't bear enthusiastic about. Come on Chelsea!”

57 min Firmino virtually involves the get together, cracking an outstanding low shot simply vast from 20 yards.

56 min Gonzalo Higuain replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea. It’s a change that wanted to be made about eight minutes in the past.

55 min It’s in all probability truthful to surmise that Jurgen Klopp gave good half-time teamtalk, as a result of Liverpool have been electrical within the second half.

What a objective! What an effing aim! Van Dijk drives a cross out to Salah on the fitting. He controls it, cuts infield and arrows a spectacular shot from 25 yards that explodes previous Kepa and into the highest nook.

Mo Salah has scored an absolute screamer!!

53 min Jordan Henderson has had an excellent few weeks since his change of position, and that was an excellent cross.

What a superb aim that was. Salah performed a one-two with Firmino, ignored a woolly deal with from Emerson and located Henderson within the space. He danced across the outdoors and stood up a stunning cross to the far publish. It was a sure aim even earlier than it reached the top of Mane, and he nodded it into an open internet from 4 yards.

It’s been coming!

50 min Chelsea are struggling to get out of their half. If I used to be Maurizio Sarri – spoiler: I’m not – I might hook Hudson-Odoi, who has been peripheral at greatest, and convey on a striker in order that Hazard can transfer out to the left.

49 min An extended throw is headed clear to the sting of the world, the place Keita sends a volley into orbit. Liverpool have began the second half nicely, although.

48 min Deep down, Liverpool know a draw as we speak isn’t sufficient. A method or one other, that is going to be a tumultuous 45 minutes.

47 min “Why achieve this many individuals need Liverpool NOT to win the league?” says Andrew Hurley. “(When you think about they're towards a moneybags outfit, it’s fascinating.)”

I think lots of people nonetheless haven’t obtained over the 1980s.

46 min Peep peep! Chelsea start the second half.

Half-time studying

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Peep peep! Chelsea would be the happier staff after a primary half of few possibilities. One of the best was in all probability Mo Salah’s early volley, which he hit too near Kepa. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

45+1 min Three minutes of added time.

45 min A depraved inswinging free-kick from Alexander-Arnold on the left is touched in the direction of objective by Firmino, and Kepa saves together with his ft. It wouldn’t have counted as Firmino was fractionally offside. However it was a shocking ball in from Alexander-Arnold.

44 min Mane scampers previous Azpilicueta, who pulls him again and is booked.

41 min “Hello Rob,” says Lee Madden. “It’s straightforward to see what Chelsea’s recreation plan is right here - maintain Liverpool at arm’s size and hit them on the counter. The factor is, is that this actually a lot totally different to what Conte did in away video games final yr? They’ve performed nicely, however this isn't an strategy probably to achieve success over the entire recreation. Liverpool have an excessive amount of high quality up entrance and also you’d anticipate them to take one of many two or three possibilities their extensive forwards will get...”

40 min Rudiger is helped from the sector, unable to place any weight on his left leg. Christensen replaces him.

39 min Rudiger is down once more, and it seems to be like he’ll have to go off. Andreas Christensen is preparing.

38 min Saying which, Mane virtually provides Liverpool the lead. Salah scurried infield from the fitting and stabbed an excellent move in the direction of Mane, who whipped a first-time shot large of the close to submit from 12 yards. It was an honest probability, however he couldn’t wrap his foot across the ball sufficiently to twist it contained in the close to publish.

37 min Liverpool’s attacking play has been a bit ponderous, definitely by their requirements. Chelsea have been pretty snug defensively.

36 min Liverpool are going to wish yet one more late winner, aren’t they?

34 min One other harmful counter-attack from Chelsea involves nothing. This time Loftus-Cheek takes too lengthy and loses the ball within the D.

32 min An excellent piece of play from Salah, who provides Emerson twisted blood earlier than his cross is headed away on the close to publish by David Luiz.

30 min Willian wastes an excellent probability for Chelsea. He led a counter-attack after being discovered by a incredible move from David Luiz (I feel he meant it), and ran all the best way to the sting of the world earlier than dancing throughout the road of the 18-yard field and slashing a shot extensive of aim. He had Hazard alongside him and will in all probability have handed it.

29 min This can be a good spell for Liverpool, with Chelsea pinned again in their very own half for the previous few minutes.

26 min Pretty play from Liverpool. Fabinho clips a cross ahead to Salah, who nods it down completely for the supporting Henderson on the sting of the field. He lashes a shot throughout objective that hits the outstretched leg of David Luiz and goes behind for a nook.

24 min Chelsea are having a fair share of the sport now. It’s all a bit cagey, as if every staff is ready for the opposite to blink.

23 min It seems like Rudiger will have the ability to proceed.

22 min “It was a quick contact, however I’m fairly positive Luiz caught Salah proper above the ankle...appeared painful!” says Henry Flory. “Granted, the best way he flopped to the bottom didn’t assist his case…”

Ah, I didn’t see that. I assumed it was a dive, however my eyesight isn’t what it was.

21 min Rudiger is in a variety of ache. He fell awkwardly after an unintentional collision with Mane, and the physios are on.

20 min An opportunity for Chelsea. Hazard twists Matic a method after which the opposite on the left aspect of the field, however his left-footed shot is meek and Alisson makes a cushty save.

19 min Alexander-Arnold drills a spectacular crossfield move to Keita, who strikes infield from the left however crosses too near Kepa.

18 min Hazard is getting more and more annoyed with some robust challanges from the Liverpool defenders, and doubtless from having to play as a false 9 once more.

17 min Salah performs a one-two with Firmino and hits a first-time shot that's nicely blocked by David Luiz.

16 min Liverpool are controlling the sport, with Fabinho getting on the ball so much in midfield.

15 min Salah may face a retrospective ban for that dive, which might be a nasty blow to Liverpool’s title hopes.

14 min Salah tries to bop round David Luiz on the byline and falls over. It was a transparent dive and Michael Oliver wasn’t .

13 min “Hello Rob,” says Phil Gray. “I’ve been a Man Metropolis fan because the early 70s and nonetheless keep in mind the trauma of the 76-77 season vividly. The distinction this time spherical is that I’ve felt much more confused throughout Liverpool’s video games than Metropolis’s video games for the final couple of months. It’s like I really feel much less capable of affect their outcomes with my will energy.”

12 min Hudson-Odoi’s overhit cross is punched away by the flying Alisson.

10 min Hazard activates the midway line and scurries in the direction of the Liverpool space. Fabinho wins the ball with a superb problem however follows by means of into Hazard, who's limping closely. He ought to have the ability to run it off.

9 min “Klopp’s boundless enthusiasm means, within the Soccer/Quick Present world, he’d be Sensible Child,” says Matt Dony. “Though, he’d in all probability say ‘Cool’, as an alternative.”

Pep Guardiola can be a shoo-in for Aggressive Dad.

7 min It’s been a superb begin from Liverpool, who're giving Chelsea barely a split-second on the ball.

6 min The primary probability for Liverpool. Mane’s floated cross clears a posse of gamers within the center and drops properly on the far submit for Salah, who shins a volley straight at Kepa from eight yards.

Four min “So many narratives to select from might be penned at this time, from redemption to bottling, to the company guff of ‘this implies extra’,” writes Geoffrey Woade. “It’s like a recreation of fiction written by John Barth.”

Three min It’s been a frantic begin, with Liverpool efficiently urgent Chelsea excessive up the pitch on a few events.

2 min “Hello Rob,” writes Tim Collins. “As a Chelsea fan, I’ve been annoyed by Sarri’s predictable lineups, stubbornness to modify out key personnel and laboured fashion of play. Nevertheless, truthful play to him; he’s managed to maintain the group collectively and weathered the Kepa storm. He’s additionally put up with fan mutiny and stored us in with a shout of a top-four end. Nice to see him beginning Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek as we speak. I’d fortunately get behind the supervisor if he introduces extra academy gamers and promotes a extra swashbuckling type of play.”

I questioned whether or not he may need been, a-hem, suggested to play Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi. Both means, I like him and assume he deserves higher than a few of the crap that has been thrown at him up to now few months. In ma opinion, there’s no level giving a job to somebody like Sarri until you will give him an absolute minimal of two years.

1 min Peep peep! Liverpool, in pink, get the match underneath method. Chelsea are in blue.

The gamers emerge to the stirring sound of You’ll By no means Stroll Alone. That’s adopted by good silence to mark the 30th anniversary, tomorrow, of the Hillsborough catastrophe.

“Properly,” says Invoice Hargreaves. “Drama. As soon as once more, on the enterprise finish, the soccer season appears to have been penned by Shakespeare when it comes to characters and drama. I feel that Pep and Klopp would have fitted proper into the courtroom of Elizabeth I, goosing round with Edmund Blackadder and friends. Neil Warnock, nevertheless, I see as a managerial Unfortunate Alf, though I realise that the bard didn’t scribe the ‘Quick Present’. He would’ve if he might’ve.”

There are some individuals - although not me - who would recommend Neil Warnock is a unique Quick Present character.

.@ChelseaFC paid their respects to the 96 youngsters, men and women who misplaced their lives at Hillsborough by laying a wreath on the memorial earlier as we speak on behalf of the membership. pic.twitter.com/9MHjOQCoaP

Crystal Palace 1-Three Manchester Metropolis A ninth consecutive Premier League win places Metropolis again on prime, a minimum of for a few hours. Liverpool have to win - not simply to go prime of the league tonight, however to realistically keep within the title race. In the event that they draw, it’s in all probability over.

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Panic over for Manchester Metropolis: Gabriel Jesus has scored a 3rd objective, though he was fractionally offside.

Crikey, Luka Milivojevic has scored for Palace at Selhurst Park, so Manchester Metropolis lead 2-1 with 9 minutes remaining.

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Some pre-match studying

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It appears like Eden Hazard will play as a false 9 for Chelsea, with Gonzalo Higuain on the bench. No surprises within the Liverpool staff.

Liverpool (Four-Three-Three) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Substitutes: Mignolet, Lovren, Wijnaldum, Milner, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi.

Manchester Metropolis are making mild work of a difficult recreation at Selhurst Park. They now lead 2-Zero, with each objectives from Raheem Sterling, though there are unconfirmed stories that Crystal Palace have had a kick.

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Manchester Metropolis battered Crystal Palace within the first half at Selhurst Park. However they solely scored as soon as, so there's nonetheless scope for Roy Hodgson to do his beloved Liverpool one other favour. You possibly can comply with the match with Ben Fisher.

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Hiya. Liverpool have been carrying the load of historical past on their again all season, however it is going to be particularly heavy at present. In addition to the continued story of their try and win a primary title since 1990, the arrival of Chelsea will set off traumatic reminiscences of the day in 2014 when Dame Fortune hoofed Steven Gerrard squarely within the hopes and goals.

It’s unattainable to flee the context of that recreation 5 years in the past, when Liverpool misplaced their greatest probability to win a Premier League title. However whether or not it truly means something is open to debate. This can be a totally different Liverpool group – the one survivor from that match of their beginning XI is more likely to be Mo Salah, and he was enjoying for Chelsea again then. And whereas that is Liverpool’s hardest remaining fixture, they'll rightly anticipate to win it.

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