Liverpool beat Chelsea in thriller earlier than trophy get together

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Champions Liverpool geared as much as elevate the Premier League trophy with a 5-Three win over Chelsea in a purpose feast at Anfield on Wednesday to make sure they went a whole Premier League season unbeaten at dwelling. Naby Keita opened the scoring with a thunderous effort, Trent Alexander-Arnold made it 2-Zero with a curling free kick and so they added one other by Georginio Wijnaldum’s half-volley from shut vary, earlier than Olivier Giroud pulled one back on the stroke of halftime.

Roberto Firmino restored the three-goal benefit within the 55th minute however Chelsea then scored by Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic to threaten a dramatic comeback earlier than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put the consequence past doubt for the hosts.

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The consequence means Liverpool gained 18 of their 19 league games at dwelling within the campaign, with the one blemish being their 1-1 draw with Burnley earlier this month. They moved onto 96 factors, one shy of the membership record they set when ending runners-up last season.

Defeat left Chelsea with 63 factors, still one level in need of guaranteeing a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League after slipping to fourth earlier on Wednesday when Manchester United drew 1-1 with West Ham United.

Liverpool pinned back their guests for the a lot of the primary half and bought their celebrations underway early when Keita stole the ball away from Willian to run in on purpose and unleash a thunderous shot for a 23rd-minute lead.

A contentious free kick awarded in opposition to Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic allowed Alexander-Arnold to reinforce his fame as a set-piece specialist with a curling effort that caught out Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 38th-minute purpose was adopted three minutes later by a 3rd as Chelsea failed to clear a nook and Wijnaldum snapped up a free ball, burying it on the half-volley from shut vary.

Yet a uncommon Chelsea foray ahead allowed them the last say earlier than the break as Marcos Alonso flicked on for Willian to aim a snap effort that Liverpool keeper Alisson saved with one hand.

Giroud, nonetheless, was quickest to comply with up and slide the ball into the online.

Liverpool had been rapidly back in command after the break as Roberto Firmino made it 4-1 by heading in an ideal cross from Alexander-Arnold within the 55th minute for his first league purpose at Anfield this season.

Yet substitute Pulisic made an on the spot impression for Chelsea as his mazy dribbling arrange Abraham for the London membership’s second within the 61st minute.

The United States worldwide then grabbed one among his personal 12 minutes later, bringing the ball down on his chest along with his back to purpose earlier than turning and thumping it dwelling.

It supplied Chelsea hope of a dramatic comeback however that successfully ended when Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Liverpool’s fifth within the 84th minute, as he completed off a speedy counter-attack for the hosts.



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