…Liverpool lift 30-year long awaited EPL trophy at Anfield
It was a dramatic eight-goal thriller as Champions Liverpool beat Chelsea 5 – 3 on Wednesday night at Anfield ensuring they did not lose any match at home in the entire campaign.
Naby Keita (23’) got the opener for The Reds with a roaring effort, and Trent Alexander-Arnold (38’) doubled the lead with a bending free kick. Their quest for goals could not be quenched by Chelsea as another goal was added with a half-volley by Georginio Wijnaldum (43’) to make it 3 – 0.
However, Olivier Giroud (45+3’) pulled one back on the stroke of halftime. Roberto Firmino (55’) re-established the three-goal gain when he received a pass from Alexander-Arnold to get a perfect header past Kepa.
But Chelsea pulled some stunts as they seemed to have gotten their magic back when Tammy Abraham (61’) sealed a finish from a close range from the box having gotten a pass from Pulisic that dribbled pass three men.
The visitors threatened an intense response when Van Dijk and Gomez collided allowing Hudson-Odoi to breakthrough into the box setting Christian Pulisic (73’) up to fire a shot and make it 3 for The Blues.
Liverpool proved the reason they are the champions as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (84’) sealed off the game for the hosts by roofing home.
The result pushed Liverpool to 96 points having won 18 of their 19 league games at home for the term, with only a 1-1 draw with Burnley earlier July.
Chelsea’s defeat draws them back to fourth position with 63 points on the table, as Manchester United jumps to third following their 1 – 1 draw with West Ham on Wednesday.
Chelsea need a point to guarantee them a place in the next season’s Champions League.
Liverpool dived into celebrations as the lights went off and red beamed up for the champions to receive their medals and hoist the 30-year long awaited trophy.
Manchester United 1 – 1 West Ham: United move into Champions League places as Hammers avoid relegation
At Old Trafford, it was a goal apiece that settled the scores for Manchester United and West Ham, as the Red Devils move to Champions League places, and Hammers avoid relegation.
Michail Antonio (45+1’) scored from a penalty kick after Paul Pogba blocked Declan Rice’s shot in the box. The first view had shown the ball hit him in the face, but VAR reviewed to spot a foul thus awarded a penalty to the visitors.
West Ham’s goal did not last long as Mason Greenwoood (51’) levelled for the hosts with a low shot into the net. West Ham remain 16th on the log with 38 points and are protected from relegation.