English Premier League
Result: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
Date: 14 April 2019
African superstars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were on target as Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League with victory over Chelsea at Anfield.
The Reds made only two changes from their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Porto with Andy Robertson coming back from suspension while Joel Matip was preferred over Dejan Lovren.
Mohamed Salah had the first chance for Jurgen Klopp’s charges after six minutes after finding space at the back post but he could not connect well with a cross from Sadio Mane as his bouncing shot was saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa.
Eden Hazard had a better chance for the visitors in the 20th minute after weaving his way towards the near post but his close range shot was brilliantly smothered by the Reds shot-stopper Alisson.
Liverpool were forceful in attack towards the half-hour mark, creating chances going forward while Maurizio Sarri’s men mainly relied on the creativity of Hazard and Willian upfront on counter-attacks.
Antonio Rudiger, who picked up an injury mid-way through the first stanza, was unable to recover five minutes before the break and was replaced by Andreas Christensen.
Mane finally broke the deadlock for the hosts six minutes after the break with a header at the back post towards an open goal after Henderson delivered a great cross from the right side of the box, 1-0.
Two minutes later, Salah made it 2-0 for Klopp’s troops two minutes later with a sensational strike from the edge of the box that sailed into the top corner.
Hazard was unlucky not to pull a goal back for Chelsea a minute before the hour-mark as his low strike came off the bottom post after beating the offside trap to go one-on-one with Alisson inside the box.
Klopp needed to protect his lead and brought on Georginio Wijnaldum in place of Naby Keita while Sarri threw on Ross Barkley for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The hosts defending in numbers in the closing stages and managed to stop Chelsea from creating chances.
In the end, 2-0 was how the encounter remained as the Reds leapfrog Manchester City into top spot.