15th April, 2019
The clash of the titans was as explosive as was expected but then Liverpool was in no mood to give up on its quest to win the Premiership just yet as the “usual suspects” Sadio Mane and Mo Salah rose up to expectations by scoring two decisive goals that sent Chelsea going back to London the way they came – empty handed (points wise of course).
It was a match that Liverpool was condemned to win if they wanted to keep their dream of a Premiership title at the end of this season alive and they did not disappoint their teeming fans.
This victory meant that the Reds returned to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday evening after their main contenders, Manchester City had won 3-1 against Crystal Palace earlier in the day.
Liverpool however did not have it easy as they were frustrated throughout the opening-half with Chelsea remaining firm. But then it was a different matter after the break however as Sadio Mane headed home in the 51st minute before Mo Salah scored a stunner only minutes later to secure what could potentially be a vital win in the race for the league title.
The hosts could have gone ahead early in the game with Salah getting a wonderful opportunity to open the score sheet as he volleyed Andrew Robertson’s cross towards goal but Kepa was equal to his effort and held well.
On the other side, Eden Hazard also had a chance as he wriggled away from the Liverpool defence but could only put a tame effort straight at Alisson. Then came the turn of Sadio Mane as he was picked out by Salah but curled his effort marginally wide off the post.
However, Mane was not going to allow himself to be denied a second time as the Reds found a route beyond the stubborn Chelsea defence just after the break.
It was Jordan Henderson who did excellently to win the ball back in the Blues’ penalty area and sent the ball to the far post where the unmarked Mane was waiting to nod the ball into the unguarded net.
Liverpool were two goals up only a few minutes later and it was Salah once again who stepped up. The Egyptian picked up the ball on the right-flank and drove inside before unleashing an absolute thunder bolt into the far corner and beyond the reach of Kepa.
Chelsea could have pulled one back when Hazard managed to find his way in behind the Reds’ defence and took the ball down with an exquisite touch. He however just failed to score though as his effort bounced back off of the post. He then went close again but was denied from close range by Alisson.
The game was beginning to open up at this stage and Liverpool pushed for a third as both Salah and Mane continued to try Kepa in the Chelsea goal.
At the end though, the Reds did not need another as they picked up another three points and reclaim their position at the top of the Premier League.