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Liverpool fend off Chelsea fightback in 5-3 thriller before trophy celebrations

  • Liverpool fend off Chelsea fightback in 5-3 thriller before trophy celebrations
    Liverpool teed up their Premier League trophy ceremony in style with a thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea on Wednesday night. Liverpool fend off Chelsea fightback in 5-3 thriller before trophy celebrations
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Liverpool teed up their Premier League trophy ceremony in style with a thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea on Wednesday night.

 

Jurgen Klopp's men win thriller to lift Premier League trophy.

It was a stunning reminder of why Liverpool's champions are one of the most entertaining sides the competition has ever seen, threatening to run away with a rout one minute and almost collapsing to a shock comeback the next.

But the Reds got the party started in the first-half with what looked to be the perfect display with which to celebrate - and their opening goal was truly something special.

No other team in Liverpool’s illustrious history achieved that feat. A 59th unbeaten home game arrived courtesy of outstanding goals from Naby Keïta, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and the substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – plus a more prosaic effort from Georginio Wijnaldum – and with a reminder to Chelsea of how far they have to go to be considered challengers at this level.

Frank Lampard’s side could have secured Champions League qualification with a point at Anfield but, despite a late recovery inspired by the substitute Christian Pulisic, defeat means their hopes of a top-four finish will be decided on the final day.

Chelsea were the more dangerous team until Keïta opened the scoring with a stunning effort, but it was to Liverpool’s immense credit that the post-match party never distracted from their duties on the pitch. And there was plenty to distract them. The fireworks started over an hour before kick off in nearby Stanley Park and intensified over Anfield throughout the game. A group of approximately 100 Liverpool fans ignored pleas to keep away and gathered on Anfield Road to greet the team bus. A security cordon kept them at a distance from the stadium but Merseyside police had to issue a dispersal order as crowd numbers increased during the night.