Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Mohamed Salah scores a overwhelming idea as Reds retrieve lead


Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah (second right) scored his 22nd idea of a deteriorate for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah’s wonder-strike helped Liverpool flog Chelsea and ensured they sojourn dual points transparent of Manchester City during a tip of a Premier League.

Almost 5 years given Liverpool’s pretension chances were busted by a 2-0 improved in a same fixture, a hosts kept themselves in a hunt for a initial joining pretension in 29 years with dual goals in a space of dual mins that saw Anfield erupt.

After a bold initial half in that both sides had chances, Liverpool emerged from a mangle with combined purpose and took a lead around Sadio Mane’s header.

There was a outrageous clarity of service inside a ground, though that became a noisy bark when Salah crushed a left-footed pointed expostulate into a tip right dilemma from 25 yards for his 19th Premier League idea of a season.

  • Reaction from Anfield

Chelsea, who had been dominant during Anfield given 2012, roughly strike behind 6 mins after when Eden Hazard shot opposite a post before a Belgian saw another bid saved by goalkeeper Alisson.

But Liverpool could have extended their lead before an joyous Kop greeted a final alarm with roars of pleasure and Jurgen Klopp punched a atmosphere after his 200th diversion in charge.

Manchester City, 3-1 winners during Crystal Palace in Sunday’s other match, still have a diversion in palm on a Reds, though with games during home to Tottenham and divided to Manchester United among their 5 remaining fixtures, their assign looks worse than a one confronting Liverpool, who accommodate Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

Chelsea sojourn fourth, a indicate behind Tottenham, who have a diversion in palm on their London rivals. Maurizio Sarri’s side could also be overtaken by sixth-placed Arsenal, who are 3 points behind them, when they face Watford on Monday.

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Salah strikes behind opposite former employers

Salah, who played for Chelsea when they flog Liverpool in that barbarous diversion in 2014, was a hosts’ many dangerous outlet, and could have given them an early lead when his back-post bombardment was good saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Egyptian, who was cheered even some-more aloud than common by a Kop after being a theme of discriminatory abuse in a video posted by Chelsea fans final week, also squared to Mane 7 mins before half-time though a Senegalese brazen twisted far-reaching from 10 yards out.

It looked like it competence be a frustrating afternoon for Salah, who was good marshalled by Chelsea left-back Emerson in a initial half. But Liverpool’s whitchcraft showed his persistence to win a round behind before Jordan Henderson clipped opposite a six-yard box to find Mane for a game’s opener.

And a shot that doubled a hosts’ lead will live prolonged in a memory as one of Anfield’s good goals. Not usually was it high in a execution, though it was hugely poignant in a pretension race, display Liverpool are not a same side as 5 years ago.

Coming on a day a bar noted a 30th anniversary of Hillsborough, a feat gave home fans a outrageous lift on an romantic afternoon.

Chelsea’s divided woes continue

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard had dual good chances in a match

Despite their prolonged dominant run during Anfield, a improved continued Chelsea’s bad run of form divided from Stamford Bridge this deteriorate underneath Sarri. They have now mislaid 7 divided games this season.

After fortifying intentionally in a initial half, a diversion could have swung their approach had Willian not lopsided far-reaching from a discerning conflict and Hazard finished improved from a parsimonious angle before a break.

But as in their 2-0 improved during Everton final month, when a home group also scored shortly after half-time, Chelsea could not respond. Hazard, who scored a leader in a Carabao Cup tie during Anfield progressing in a season, came closest to replying though his shot cannoned behind off a post.

It is a detriment that dents their hopes of reaching subsequent season’s Champions League around a tip 4 – nonetheless they could still strech it around a Europa League. Chelsea reason a 1-0 lead over Slavia Prague going into a second leg of their quarter-final subsequent Thursday.

Man of a Match – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

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A strenuous opening from a Egyptian forward, who also surfaced your rankings in a Player Rater

‘It’s unequivocally overwhelming’ – what they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp vocalization to BBC Sport: “I’m so unapproachable of a team, it was a illusory performance. What a team, what a stadium, what an atmosphere. I’m so grateful we can be a partial of this, it’s great. It’s usually outstanding, unequivocally strenuous during times.

“Well done, unequivocally good done, now let’s prepared for Porto, Cardiff and whatever comes.”

On a pretension race: “The initial doubt in a assembly currently was ‘what is a City score?’ You can't equivocate meaningful about it. But it isn’t engaging to us.

“We design them to win all their games so we usually need to get as many points as probable and if we’re champions afterwards good though if not it is still a unequivocally good football team.”

Chelsea trainer Maurizio Sarri vocalization to BBC Sport: “I consider we played unequivocally good in a initial half, we shielded unequivocally well. We conceded nothing.

“I am happy with a performance, given in my opinion we played a good compare opposite a unequivocally good, clever opponent.

“I consider now we are going a right way, we are improving, given 3 months ago we weren’t means to stay in this kind of compare though currently we played well.

“And afterwards we were detrimental after a second idea given we reacted unequivocally good and had 3 idea opportunities in 3 minutes.”

Chelsea’s bad run during a large 6 continues – a stats

  • Liverpool purebred usually their third win over Chelsea in their past 17 meetings in all competitions (W3 D8 L6) and their initial during Anfield given a 4-1 win in a Premier League in May 2012.
  • Chelsea have mislaid their past 6 divided Premier League matches opposite associate ‘big six’ opponents, surrender 16 goals opposite those defeats.
  • This was Liverpool’s 26th Premier League feat of a season, equalling their record from a 2013-14 debate underneath Brendan Rodgers. They final won some-more in a top-flight deteriorate in 1978-79 (30 wins).
  • Sadio Mane has scored 21 goals in all competitions this deteriorate – his best total in a deteriorate for an English side.
  • Mohamed Salah’s idea was his initial from outward a box in a Premier League given scoring opposite Manchester City in Jan 2018.
  • This was Jurgen Klopp’s 200th compare in assign of Liverpool in all competitions (W112 D52 L36).
  • Aged 18 years and 158 days, Callum Hudson-Odoi became a youngest Chelsea actor to start 3 uninterrupted Premier League games.
  • Since a start of final season, Liverpool’s Salah has scored some-more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League actor (66).

What’s next?

Liverpool take a 2-0 lead to Portugal for a second leg of their Champions League quarter-final opposite Porto on Wednesday before a outing to Cardiff in a Premier League on Sunday, 21 April.

Chelsea are also in European movement opposite Slavia Prague in a Europa League quarter-final second leg during Stamford Bridge on Thursday, before hosting Burnley behind in a joining on Monday, 22 April.

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Match ends, Liverpool 2, Chelsea 0.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Chelsea 0.

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool).

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Attempt saved. N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) with an try from a centre of a box is saved in a tip centre of a goal.

Substitution, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Mohamed Salah.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from a left side of a box is saved in a tip centre of a goal.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andreas Christensen.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from a right side of a box is saved in a bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by David Luiz.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andreas Christensen.

Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Jordan Henderson given of an injury.

Delay over. They are prepared to continue.

Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Delay in compare Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) given of an injury.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Attempt saved. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from a left side of a box is saved in a centre of a goal. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from a centre of a box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andreas Christensen.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Substitution, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Naby Keita.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from a right side of a box is saved in a bottom right corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from a centre of a box is saved in a bottom left corner. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Fabinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outward a box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) hits a left post with a right footed shot from a centre of a box. Assisted by Emerson with a by round following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outward a box is close, though misses to a left. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Substitution, Chelsea. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.