Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring against Chelsea
The Reds looked to be heading for an easy win they raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum, but Olivier Giroud reduced the arrears for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time.
Roberto Firmino scored his first league goal at Anfield since March 2019 to restore the champions’ three-goal lead before Chelsea roared back through Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic strikes.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side were not to be denied on their special night, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finished a brilliant counter attack to seal a 5-3 victory and ensure Liverpool celebrated in style.
Chelsea now need a point from their final game of the season against Wolves to ensure they finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea’s recruitment for next season so far has focused on the final third with Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner acquired at a cost of around £80million.
However, seeing Keita, Alexander-Arnold and Wijnaldum all score in 21 first-half minutes suggested reinforcements are required at the other end of the pitch.
The attacking options Frank Lampard currently has did a decent job of getting them back into the game with veteran striker Giroud’s eighth goal in 16 appearances against the Reds just before the break giving them hope and substitutes Abraham and Pulisic making a real game of it after Firmino broke his Anfield drought.