Talented football stars Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane scored one goal each, as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 in a crucial EPL match on Sunday.
Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea has skyrocketed them back to the top of the Premier League as they stay two points ahead of Manchester City.
Manchester City laid down the gauntlet to Liverpool with victory at Crystal Palace earlier on Super Sunday, but the Reds produced an emphatic response as Sadio Mane’s header (51) and Salah’s 25-yard thunderbolt (53) restored Jurgen Klopp’s side’s two-point lead over the champions.
Eden Hazard had two chances to salvage something for Chelsea but was denied by the woodwork and Alisson in quick succession, as Maurizio Sarri’s decision to start without a recognised striker backfired.
The victory, Klopp’s first at home over Chelsea on his 200th game in charge, leaves Liverpool two points clear at the top of the table having played a game more than City, and dents the fourth-placed Blues’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Anfield fell silent ahead of kick-off as Liverpool remembered the 96 victims of the Hillsborough 30 years on from the disaster, and the hosts responded to the emotionally-charged atmosphere with a dominant opening spell.
Salah’s first-time volley from Mane’s left-wing cross nearly sealed the perfect start inside six minutes, but Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was right behind the effort.
After Salah saw appeals for a penalty turned down following a collision with David Luiz on 14 minutes, Hazard registered Chelsea’s first attempt on target, jinking away from Joel Matip before unleashing a low shot which Alisson saved comfortably.
Luiz deflected a goal-bound Jordan Henderson shot over on 26 minutes after Salah’s cushioned header presented the Liverpool skipper with a sight of goal.
Anfield then breathed a collective sigh of relief on half hour as Willian sliced a shot wide from the edge of the area after an instinctive David Luiz long passed released the winger in behind the advanced Liverpool defence.
Mane uncharacteristically curled wide from 18 yards after Salah’s cutback found him in space in the area six minutes before the interval, but the breakthrough came on 51 minutes as Henderson’s floated ball to the back post found the Senegal international, and he stooped to head the opener beyond the despairing dive of Kepa.
But the best was yet to come. Salah cut in off the right and unleashed an unstoppable drive across the Chelsea ‘keeper into the top left-hand corner, sparking pandemonium inside Anfield.
A shell-shocked Chelsea nearly got back into the game with two chances on the hour, but Hazard fired against the post after racing onto ball over the top before the Belgian was thwarted by Alisson at point-blank range after he turned Willian’s cross on target.
But Liverpool regained control of their emotions and saw out a sensational victory that may have just swung the momentum in the title race in their favour.