Salah Stunner Against Chelsea Brings LiverPool Back to Top
Liverpool returns to the top of the Premiership League table after Mohamed Salah’s spectacular strike sealed a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday.
Coach Jurgen Klopp’s side had earlier conceded pole position when Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace by 3-1, adding pressure on Liverpool to respond as the competition heats up.
Liverpool measured up to the challenge when Sadio Manes gave an opener five minutes after half-time of play. The goal was consolidated two minutes later, with another blazing shot from Salah which resulted in a goal that placed them two points above Man City.
Manchester City still has five games to contend with compared to Liverpool which has just four, making the title rest in the hands of Liverpool the champions.
Speculations are high at Anfield that Liverpool in this season may claim back their position as kings of English football.
Though Chelsea made a serious attempt to stop Liverpool’s title race; but the determination of the reds subdued that challenge impressively to celebrate Klopp’s 200th game as Liverpool’s manager.
While Manchester City is having a tough match fixture against Manchester United and Tottenham, the red men strongly believe they can still maintain their position.
Chelsea with its fourth place position has its share of fear with the loss because of their bid for Champions League football at next season, and they will go down to the fifth place if Arsenal secures victory on Monday at Watford.
It is noteworthy that Anfield was filled with spurring emotions as fans observed a minute’s silence in commemoration of sixty -nine Liverpool fans that passed away after a disaster at Hillsborough, thirty years ago.
The intense moment which featured the mosaic reading ‘’96’’ and ‘’30 years’’ saw many fans spellbound by deep emotions. This, however, inspired Liverpool to avenge one of the more painful losses since the club was founded.
Recall that in 2014, Steven Gerrard’s disreputable blunder paved a defeat against Chelsea that later on lost the title to Man City.
This time, coach Klopp was determined that that odd record would not consume his team and he held on to his word.
Liverpool made a conspicuous threat for an early goal the time Sadio slammed a curved cross towards Salah, and he whipped a blistering shot but Kepa, Chelsea goalkeeper defended it.
At Anfield, Chelsea enjoyed clear cut victories in their last eight matches before Sunday’s battle and issued a threat of stopping Liverpool at the time Hazard drifted away from Joel Matip for a weak strike that propelled Allison Becker to react.
David Luiz threw an actionable move with a dangerous pass that pushed Willan aside, but Luiz’s miscued shot went off target.
Those missed shots awoke Liverpool from their stillness when Salah sent a curved cross for Mane to respond with a powerful kick.
Being hindered by an injury to Antonio Rudiger at the first half of the game, Chelsea squeaked at the back side, and Liverpool took advantage of the situation to water down that threat in the 51st minute.
The goal ended Liverpool nerves with full celebrations from the happy fans, and just moments later, Mohamed Salah consolidated the jubilation with a display of an uncommon star.
Being in control of the ball on the right edge, Salah advanced further slipped of Emerson before releasing his phenomenal shot from a 25-yard position.
Liverpool’s victory was a sweet justification for the Egyptian striker after some Chelsea fans were seen on video chanting ‘’Salah is a bomber’’ shortly before they went on a Europa League challenge at Slavia on Thursday.
Salah, being a committed Muslim commemorated his 22nd goal in the season with a pose for prayer.