The Premier League title has been Liverpools’ for several weeks, but there was no parade and they didn’t get to hoist the trophy in front of 50,000 fans in song at Anfield. Finally, that long awaited moment came on Wednesday evening in Liverpool when the Reds beat Chelsea in a thrilling 5-3 match. The trophy ceremony would have happened regardless of the result, but the way the game transpired made the celebration that much more enjoyable.
The game was a stalemate for the first 25 minutes until Liverpool’s Naby Keita ripped a shot into the top corner to break the 0-0 deadlock. Liverpool rode their momentum scoring a beautiful free kick off the foot of Trent Alexander Arnold 15 minutes later. Georgio Wijnaldum drilled home a loose ball in the box in the 43rd minute to give the Reds a 3-0 lead. They looked like the title winning side we’ve seen all season long, though they missed a bit during this restart. Oliver Giroud gave Chelsea a late 1st half lifeline, scoring just seconds before the break. 3-1 Liverpool at the break.
Pulisic Is On Fire
Liverpool picked up where it left off in the second half. They looked to score every time they got in possession. Brazilian forward “Bobby” Firmino scored his first home goal of the season in the 54th minute to give the Merseysiders a 4-1 advantage.
Then the fireworks began as the momentum shifted. Frank Lampard subbed with Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odio in the 60th minute. Within 2 minutes Pulisic made his presence felt. He dribbed through 4 Liverpool defenders to find Abraham who slotted home a tap in. Just over 10 minutes later, Pulisic added a goal to his assist. After being dominated for the better portion of the game, Chelsea were only down 4-3 and looked ready to tie the game.
Liverpool Righted The Ship
Fortunately for Liverpool, they managed to bring the game back to a balance. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the 84th minute to seal the game at 5-3. The Reds could exhale knowing their trophy celebration would come after an epic victory against one of England’s top teams. Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, who missed the game due to injury, got to raise his second major trophy in as many years after the game. Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish presented the trophy to Henderson. Liverpool’s win clinched their third straight season without losing a game at home under manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp Being Klopp
Manager Jurgen Klopp had a lot to say in the post game celebration interview. As always he demonstrated why he is an even better human being than he is a manager. He was humble regarding his team, praised them and the work they put on, all while not forgetting to give credit to Chelsea. He said he cannot wait to celebrate with the fans when the time comes.
Liverpool will close out their historic season on the road at Newcastle on Championship Sunday. As for Chelsea, the defeat means they will need to take at least 1 point from Wolves this Sunday at Stamford Bridge.