Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side finally lifted the Premier League trophy following a 5-3 victory over Chelsea in what was a crazy, topsy-turvy affair at Anfield.
One goal each from Naby Keïta, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed the victory as the Reds returned to winning ways following a disappointing string of results.
The opening minutes of the game were an equal affair, however, as the minutes ticked on the Reds began encroaching further into the Chelsea half in search of opener which would eventually come in the 22nd minute.
Rewarding Klopp for including him in the starting XI, Keïta picked up a loose ball on the edge of the Chelsea box before proceeding to smash it into the top right-hand corner of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s net, akin to that of Mohamed Salah’s strike last season against the very same opposition.
The goal seemed to wake up the visitors, however, the Reds showed just why they were champions as they continued to control the majority of the ball and the game.
Klopp’s men also continued to look a threat, especially on the counter-attack. In fact, a quick break which concluded with a foul on Mané on the edge of the Chelsea box resulted in Liverpool doubling their lead in the 38th minute.
An air of inevitability seemed to takeover as Alexander-Arnold stepped up to the dead ball. Liverpool’s free-kick specialist then proceeded to curl it around the Chelsea wall and into the back of the net.
Having reacted well to the first goal, Chelsea did not have time to do so with Liverpool’s second as the Reds netted a third minutes later through Wijnaldum.
An Andrew Robertson corner rebounded off a host of players before falling to the Dutch midfielder who simply slammed his foot through the ball and into the roof of the net.
The Reds continued to press on and could have had a fourth however it was Chelsea who had the ball in the back of the net next, with Olivier Giroud scoring his eighth career goal against Liverpool in the 48th minute.
A brilliant save by Alisson to deny Willian saw the ball bounce goal-bound and into the sights of the ever-ready Frenchman who tapped the ball into the net seconds before the break.
The start of the second half saw Liverpool continue to press the visitors and push for more goals, with a fourth coming in the 55th minute through Firmino.Embed from Getty Images
The Brazilian, who was yet to score at Anfield this Premier League season, latched onto the end of a sublime Alexander-Arnold cross and headed the ball powerfully past Kepa.
The fourth goal saw Frank Lampard make changes, with two of his substitutes linking up well to make it 4-2 in the 61st minute.
Christian Pulisic picked up the ball out wide before skipping past four Liverpool defenders on his way into the box. The American then picked up his head and played a low ball across goal towards Tammy Abraham who tapped the ball into the gaping net.
Pulisic was involved again, this time smashing the ball into the back of the net to make it 4-3 in the 72nd minute.
A long ball over the top found fellow substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi who picked out Pulisic in the box. The US international chested the ball down before swivelling on the spot and blasting it into the top corner past the diving Alisson.
Chelsea continued to push in search of an equaliser however in classic Liverpool fashion the Reds netted a fifth through a rapid counter-attack.
Andrew Robertson burst past Jorginho before playing the ball across goal and towards Curtis Jones. The youngster stepped over the ball, allowing it to reach Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who dispatched powerfully past Kepa.
Virgil van Dijk could have made it six but his effort from point blank range at the far post somehow looped up and over the crossbar, much to his displeasure.
But the game was won and the smile was soon back on his face as he and the rest of his teammates to to the purpose-built stage on the Kop to lift the Premier League trophy.
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