Liverpool celebrated lifting the title in style after an enthralling 90 minutes of football at Anfield. A glorious moment that many Reds fans had waited so long for came after a glorious exhibition of football at its most exciting as Jürgen Klopp’s team defeated Chelsea.
The German once again named a strong starting line-up, with one alteration from the side that took to the field at the Emirates Stadium last time out. Naby Keïta once again had an opportunity to impress coming in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Here are the winners and losers from the game:
Sadio ManéEmbed from Getty Images
The Senegal international once again showed why he is one of the best forwards in world football with another commanding performance in the famous red shirt. With the trophy presentation after the game, Mané wanted it to be an evening Reds fans would remember fondly and his display made the evening even better than imagined.
From the first whistle he caused chaos down the left side leaving Reece James and Willian struggling to cope with the onslaught. He provided such a reliable service down the left flank that Chelsea players looked like they had given up trying to tackle him during the second half.
His link up play with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also looked back to its best, with sharp, intricate passing and moving that featured heavily throughout the 90 minutes leaving the Chelsea backline completely bewildered at times.
Throughout the season every positive word has been used to describe this man – here he was truly immaculate. The only thing missing from his performance was a goal which he would have thoroughly deserved. With four winner’s medals in the bag after 13 months, you wonder what is now capable for this Liverpool side whilst he is spearheading the attack.
Naby KeïtaEmbed from Getty Images
Outstanding. Keïta’s tenure at Liverpool hasn’t been plain sailing at all and fans had wondered why the club made such a statement purchase on a player who was wildly inconsistent. However, since the return from lockdown the Guinean has breathed new life into his Anfield career and looks undroppable with the displays he has put in over the last couple of months.
Once again, he showed off his game intelligence several times during the evening with intricate Cruyff turns to get Liverpool moving forwards, intercepting a countless number of passes from Lampard’s side and a thunderous strike into the top corner to cap it all off. His overall performance oozed class from the moment the game started.
The Guinean has been a revelation in the final run in and is now well embedded into this Liverpool side and Klopp’s plans moving forwards. If he can continue to produce these types of performances during next season, then we could be watching one of the major stars in world football emerge.
Gini WijnaldumEmbed from Getty Images
Over the last few fixtures, the Dutchman has looked off the pace and has struggled to make an impact during any of his game time. Tonight, he returned to his best showing many fans why he has been so instrumental in Liverpool’s rise to the top.
His decision making and cohesive play returned in stunning fashion, dictating play throughout the game, whilst giving Jorginho a horrendous evening to boot. His goal was completely deserved as he pounced on a Chelsea defensive mistake, thrashing home from five yards to leave the Blues reeling. His finish in many ways summed up his evenings work, decisive and ruthless.
The Oranje midfielder has continued to hear the whispers of Thiago being linked with a move to Anfield, and in the past few games had arguably buckled under the pressure that was now upon. However, this display tonight showed why he is an outstanding player in his own right and one that has now written his name into Liverpool legend by lifting that trophy aloft.
Does his celebration – or lack of – after scoring tell a story of his future? Only time will truly tell.
Not here there wasn’t.
What this squad of players has been able to achieve this season is monumental. To win the title for the first time in 30 years and do it in the way they did is truly astounding.
Liverpool fans over the last 12 months have witnessed history and every player in the squad has been a part of that. So as far as this section goes every one of them is a winner.
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