Liverpool vs. Liverpool Chelsea – Football Match Report – 14 April 2019



Two goals in as many minutes, including a superb strike by Mohamed Salah, allowed Liverpool to beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool had been frustrated in the first half, but Sadio Mane was coming home after 51 minutes before Salah unleashed an unstoppable shot in the top corner.

Chelsea, with Gonzalo Higuain on the bench, played Eden Hazard in a "False No.9" role, including Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their starting lineup.

Liverpool nearly knocked six minutes from the end, Mane crossing left and the bouncing shot of Salah owned by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Then Chelsea attacked, Allison pushed a Hudson-Odoi center outward before Kepa quickly left his line when Mane attempted to reach a Salah pass.

Salah and Firmino were linked before the old shot was saved, and Hazard found a clear spot but hit right in the direction of Allison.

Antonio Rudiger was knee injured during a challenge with Mane but was able to continue, then Liverpool again attacked, Jordan Henderson's shot deflected towards safety.

David Luiz found Willian, but his shot fell from the edge of the box. Liverpool came close after 38 minutes for Salah to cross the surface and Mane bend for the first time.

Chelsea's Rudiger had other knee problems soon after and had to leave the field, but Andreas Christensen took his place before the break.

Naby Keita shot a high shot in the Kop during the early stages of the second half, but the home team scored the goal after 51 minutes when Henderson found Mane unmarked to head for Kepa.

Two minutes later – and dramatically – the score was 2-0 when Salah scored a goal that scored 25 yards in the top corner of the post after a pass to the right.

Chelsea responded by hiring Higuain for Hudson-Odoi, but shortly thereafter he was almost 3-0, Firmino sending a low shot away.

The home team was informed of Chelsea's threat to Hazard, who halved his lead and shot against the post. A second attempt was stopped by Alisson a few moments later.

Cesar Azpilicueta ran down the six-meter bar without any Chelsea player being able to touch the goal, and Liverpool made a change, bringing in Georginio Wijnaldum for Keita.

Chelsea featured former Everton midfielder, Ross Barkley, for the final leg, with Loftus-Cheek being the player who has to give up his place, and Henderson, who appeared to have suffered a blow, has been replaced by James Milner.

Firmino's shot was controlled by Kepa, then Chelsea's goalkeeper overthrew Mane as Liverpool finished the game under comfortable control, Salah receiving a huge ovation after being replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri.


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