– Liverpool secured a vital win in their quest for the Premier League title by beating Chelsea at Anfield
– The home side got the breakthrough when Jordan Henderson found Sadio Mane with a chip to the back post
– Mohamerd Salah then fired a sensational driving shot from 25 yards into the top corner to put hosts in control
– Eden Hazard missed two great chances to reduce the deficit but was denied by both the post and Alisson
The only place to start is the 53rd minute. Liverpool had just taken the lead in a game of huge importance when Virgil van Dijk switched play out to the right flank.
There, waiting, was Mohamed Salah. His control was perfect and a deft touch enabled him to drift past Chelsea left back Emerson; his next touch, though, threatened to carry him into the path of Jorginho. So here he was, 30 yards from goal, on angle, with Blue shirts crowding in.
Where some see difficulties, others see opportunity. No prizes for guessing which option Salah chose. Back came his left foot and shot of such ferocity was unleashed that it had arrowed beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga before he had started to dive. It brought pandemonium to Anfield.
‘Wow!’ Jurgen Klopp said simply, with a telling smile. ‘It blew me away.’ Liverpool’s manager was not alone in being left dumbfounded by what he saw. It was a glorious and the moment needs such a description because it may yet turn out to be the pivotal incident in what is the highest quality title race the Premier League has ever seen.
Chelsea are deeply troublesome opponents for Liverpool and they arrived on Merseyside in the mood to be menaces, just as was the case in April 2014. They caused plenty of problems, not least the wondrous Eden Hazard with his balletic grace and glorious touch.