A Mohamed Salah long-range strike in the second-half capped off a dominant 2-0 win over Chelsea.
The Egyptian smashed home a left-footed belter into the top left corner from nearly 40 yards out.Embed from Getty Images
He then promptly celebrated without any hesitation, even if it was against his former team.
Sadio Mané was also on the score sheet with a close range header, which took him to 18 goals in the season.
Eden more “hazard” than help
Liverpool may have run away with the game having kept a clean sheet. But Eden Hazard’s failure to capitalise on his chances will put to rest the “best player in the Premier League” claims.Embed from Getty Images
The Belgian’s fancy footwork was on full display, albeit, it came to nothing. He had two chances to bring Chelsea level and somehow scuffed both attempts.
Hazard did send Matip to the fish and chips shop but couldn’t angle the ball past Alisson. He also hit the post on one occasion and had an ill-placed shot stopped by Alisson again.
Strong second-half confirms Liverpool win
Two goals in two minutes for the Reds was enough to see this one out.
After a brilliant run of play and flurry of one-twos, captain Jordan Henderson picked out Mané on the far post.
The Senegalese international headed home from a few feet out and the Anfield faithful breathed a simultaneous sigh of relief.
Henderson was all over the pitch during his 77-minute cameo. Having removed the shackles that come with the No. 6 position, he was immense going forward.
Moments after Mané’s header, Virgil van Dijk finds Salah on the right flank and Liverpool’s No. 11 makes no mistake from range.
He calmly nudges the ball with his left foot before blasting it into the net.
All attention to Porto now
Liverpool did not have the best record against Chelsea going into the game. They were winless in their last six games at Anfield.
Today’s result will not only boost their chances at their first league title in nearly 30 years, it will also heap pressure on rivals Manchester City.
The Reds take on Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday before heading to Wales over the weekend. Their next Premier League fixture is against Cardiff City on Sunday.