Unstoppable Salah strike puts Liverpool top
Two goals in two second half minutes powered Liverpool to an amazing victory to boost their title hopes.
Following Man City’s win against Crystal Palace shortly before kick-off, Jurgen Klopp’s men knew another victory was imperative as this amazing title race hots up.
It was Liverpool who started on the front foot as a fine attacking move saw Sadio Mane cross for Mo Salah who could only volley straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Moments later the Egyptian went down in the penalty area but was adjudged to have exaggerated the impact of David Luiz’s outstretched foot.
Eden Hazard then twisted and turned around Joel Matip in the Liverpool penalty area but his shot was easily smothered by Alisson.
Liverpool continued to attack as Firmino and Salah’s interchange teed up Sadio Mane who curled a powerful shot wide, knowing he probably should have hit the target.
Whatever boss Jurgen Klopp said to his players at half-time clearly worked as Liverpool went out into the second half with added impetus.
They didn’t have to wait long as an excellent attacking move involving Salah and Firmino, saw Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson chip a delightful ball to Sadio Mane who headed home from two yards out.
Liverpool didn’t have to wait long for their second as Mohamed Salah cut in from the right flank and let fly with his left foot, a stunning drive that planted its way into the top corner, leaving Arrizabalaga with no chance.
Anfield erupted as the fans went into a state of delirium.
Having been treated unfairly by his previous side and a few days before with shocking Islamophobic social media abuse, Salah silenced them both in some style.
Jurgen Klopp’s men did have a few scares though as Eden Hazard went close twice in the space of 10 minutes. The first, Liverpool’s defence played too high a line as Matip was culpable in letting Hazard beat the offside trap but he could only drag his effort onto the post, whilst one-on-one with Alisson. Liverpool saved.
Then an inviting cross saw Hazard volley but palmed away by Alisson.
When the full-time whistle sounded Liverpool players and fans celebrated knowing another huge hurdle was successfully overcome in their hunt for a first league title in nearly 30 years.
Jurgen Klopp triple fist pumped at front of the Kop as he looked overjoyed by the performance of his team.
It was five years ago that Liverpool came so close to finally winning the Premiership title and it was Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip that cost Liverpool in a harrowing 2-0 defeat. However, this stunning performance from Liverpool’s current players today helped finally avenge what happened that day.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Portugal for Wednesday night’s 2nd leg clash against Porto in the Champions League before Sunday’s vital trip to Cardiff.
On the 30th anniversary of Hillsborough, how special would it be if this was to finally be Liverpool’s year? Salah’s goal was a goal of the season contender and will live long in the memory as one of Anfield’s finest goals.
Liverpool 2 vs 0 Chelsea
Mane 51, Salah 53
Competition: Premier League
Date: Sunday 14th April 2019
Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah. He was my man of the match last week in fact but his goal was one of the best goals ever scored in Anfield history. If you haven’t seen it, you won’t be disappointed! His energy levels in helping to defend and drive his team forward gave Liverpool a massive win the title chase.
James Spencer, Thoughts from the Stands
Hi my name is James Spencer and I am a huge Liverpool fan since I was a small boy!
Steven Gerrard was my favourite player growing up and I watched all the fantastic finals that Liverpool won under Houllier and Benitez! I also liked Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypia, Luis Garcia and Xabi Alonso.
Some massive matches still to come in April and with we’re back to the Champions League this week again:
Wednesday 17th April
UEFA Champions League
FC Porto 20:00 Liverpool – Live On BT Sport
Sunday 21st April
Cardiff City 16:00 Liverpool – Live On Sky
Friday 26th April
Liverpool 20:00 Huddersfield Town – Live On Sky