As it happened: LFC 5-3 Chelsea – Reds lift league title as they reach 96 points

Premier League
Wednesday 22 July 2020 - 8:15 pm
Anfield
Liverpool5
3Chelsea
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⚽️ Keïta23'
⚽️ Alexander-Arnold38'
⚽️ Wijnaldum43'
48'⚽️ Giroud
⚽️ Firmino55'
59'↔️ Giroud off, Hudson-Odoi on
59'↔️ Willian off, Abraham on
59'↔️ Mount off, Pulisic on
61'⚽️ Abraham
Wijnaldum off, Milner on ↔️66'
Keïta off, Jones on ↔️66'
73'⚽️ Pulisic
Salah off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on ↔️79'
Gomez84'
⚽️ Oxlade-Chamberlain84'
Mane off, Origi on ↔️88'
Firmino off, Minamino on ↔️88'
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Liverpool face their penultimate game of the season ahead of the presentation of the Premier League trophy.

The reds wrapped up the title almost a month ago with a record seven games still left to play.  The wait to collect a 19th title, and a first in 30 years, seems to have stretched on for some time.

Whilst Liverpool have, perhaps understandably, switched on to cruise control for the past four weeks Chelsea certainly have motivation for maximum points.  They beat Man United at the weekend to reach the FA Cup Final, and manager Frank Lampard desperately needs another 3 points to move them closer to Champions League football next season.

For the reds, the pre-match discussion has been all about the trophy presentation after the game. So can the reds keep their focus on football ahead of the presentation?

As it happened...

18:32 UK
Premier League Trophy Night

It's been a long wait, but tonight is the night.

19:16 UK
Fans barred?

Bit of a strange situation tonight with fans encouraged to stay away from Anfield.

Despite the outpouring of emotion following Liverpool's title victory back in June, Coronavirus rates in Liverpool are actually far lower than many areas of the UK.

The city has recorded just one positive case per 25,000 people in the past week, and pubs and businesses around Anfield are all open - further compounding the issue.

However, the police and club have advised fans not to congregate. 

Up to 7,000 fans in Leeds congregated last weekend after they secured promotion to the Premier League.

19:18 UK
Confirmed LFC Team

Here's tonight's LFC team.  One change - Keita in for Ox.  Milner back on the bench.

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Jones.

19:24 UK
Chelsea team

Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, James, Willian, Giroud, Mount

Caballero, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

20:14 UK

20:15 UK
KICK OFF

Underway at Anfield!

20:23 UK
Chelsea chance

8'' Chelsea with the most to play for, unsurprisingly, have started well. 

Good work from Willian there on the right and a chance falls to Mason Mount inside the box but he heads over.

20:39 UK
GOAL!!

23' WOW! What a smash from Naby Keita.  Absolutely smashes that one in from the edge of the area, thwacks off the crossbar on the way in.

Excellent.

20:43 UK

20:48 UK

33' Mason Mount collects the ball just inside Liverpool's half and carries on the run.  LFC players have stopped believing him to be offside.

He puts the ball in the net but VAR does confirm that he's offside.

Goal ruled out.

20:53 UK
GOAL!!!!

38' Boom!

Alexander-Arnold fires in the free kick - Arrizabalaga absolutely nowhere near it.  Stunning goal from the scouser.

20:59 UK
GOAL!!

43' Corner in. Looks like Chelsea got away with a handball but Gini Wijnaldum is there to smash it into the net.  3-0.  Who said Liverpool didn't have anything to play for.

21:04 UK
Goal!

48' Chelsea grab one back at the end of this half.

Cross takes a deflection - snapshot from Willian that Alisson gets a hand to but Giroud manages to slide it over the line.

HALF TIME

Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea

21:18 UK
Second half

We're back underway. Come on the reds.

21:23 UK

50' Mo Salah is on a one on one and he puts that shot well wide of Kepa.

Should have worked the goalkeeper there.  Golden Boot probably not happening this season for the Egyptian.

21:28 UK
GOAL!!

55' Finally! Bobby Firmino scores at Anfield in the last half of the home season.  Alexander-Arnold with the assist, Firmino with the header into the Kop.

4-1!

21:33 UK
Chelsea subs

60' Three subs for Chelsea. Pulisic, Abraham and Hudson-Odoi replace Giroud, Mount and Willian.

21:35 UK
Goal!

Two of Chelsea's substitutes immediately involved there.  Pulisic with good work to lay the ball in for Abraham to tap in.

21:40 UK
LFC Subs

66' Keita and Wijnaldum off - on come James Milner and in his 5th PL appearance of the season - Curtis Jones.

Another scouser who will getting a Premier League medal tonight.

21:47 UK
Goal

73' Pulisic looks a real player for Chelsea.  He collects the cross in the centre of the area and swivels and fires past Alisson.

Bit of a game here.

Chelsea desperate for Champions League football - Liverpool just waiting for this trophy lift.

21:50 UK

77' Two corners for the reds in quick succession.

21:52 UK
LFC Sub

79' Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mo Salah.

21:56 UK

82' Chelsea working hard to try and get that equaliser.  Could be an important point for them in trying to secure Champions League football for next season.

Fireworks going off all around Anfield.  Liverpool fans want this over and get on to the main event - I'd imagine the players probably feel the same way.

21:57 UK
Gomez yellow

84' Bit of a daft foul by Gomez in a dangerous postiion. Liverpool clear....

21:58 UK
GOAL!!!!!!!!

84' ..and straight up the other end and Oxlade-Chamberlain drills it into the Kop net.

5-3

22:02 UK
LFC Subs

88' Minamino and Origi replace Firmino and Mane.

No room for a sentimental farewell for Adam Lallana.

22:05 UK
Chance

92' Rising cross that Virgil van Dijk can't keep down.  He puts that over the bar.

22:09 UK
FULL TIME

All over.

Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea

That's the reds with 96 points and a game to play.

22:12 UK
Goalfest

⚽ Keita (23)
⚽ Alexander-Arnold (38)
⚽ Wijnaldum (43)
⚽ Giroud (45+3)
⚽ Firmino (55)
⚽ Abraham (61)
⚽ Pulisic (73)
⚽ Oxlade-Chamberlain (84)

22:37 UK

Players making their way up to collect their Premier League medals on The Kop.

Klopp, obviously, was up there first.

22:48 UK
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