Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea: Premier League champions win Anfield thriller

Roberto Firmino finally ended his home goal drought in the Premier League as Liverpool saw off Chelsea.

Liverpool held off a Christian Pulisic-inspired comeback as the runaway Premier League champions overcame Chelsea 5-3 ahead of the trophy presentation at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp's title winners got into the party spirit as they were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Merseyside in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though there was little sign of the drama to come when they led 4-1. 

Naby Keita's right-footed rocket opened the scoring, while there was a long-awaited home goal for Roberto Firmino - his first in the league since March 2019 - early in the second half. 

The impressive Pulisic helped the Blues battle back to 4-3, raising hopes of clinching the draw they required to make certain of a top-four finish, but Liverpool had the last word, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slamming home to secure the win.

Liverpool had laboured since crossing the line yet appeared hungry to mark this occasion by producing something special. 

Their opener demonstrated one of the key traits that has helped end the 30-year wait to reign again, Keita gaining possession as the hosts pressed high before unleashing a rasping shot that flashed beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.   

A debatable foul call by referee Andre Marriner offered Trent Alexander-Arnold the opportunity to curl in a second goal with a glorious a free-kick, while the visitors' set-piece woes continued when their failure to deal with a corner allowed Georginio Wijnaldum to smash the loose ball in.   

Chelsea pulled one back when Olivier Giroud reacted quickly to stab home from close range before half-time, but the game seemed up when Firmino finally ended his drought by heading home Alexander-Arnold's inviting cross. 

Pulisic had other ideas, though. The United States international slalomed through to set up fellow substitute Tammy Abraham for a tap-in finish, then reduced the deficit to one by swivelling inside the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net. 

Klopp made changes to try and stem the tide and it was one of his substitutes who ended Chelsea's hopes, Oxlade-Chamberlain arriving at the back post to provide the finish to Andy Robertson's delivery.

Reds sign off in style

Lifting the trophy inside an empty Anfield may not be the way Liverpool's players and staff imagined the moment finally happening, but this was an old-school Klopp performance to mark the celebrations.

This was heavy metal football played out inside an empty stadium, the two teams going at each other in a gripping contest. Chelsea made plenty of noise themselves, though they had to accept being the supporting act on the main stage.

Klopp promises title celebration with Liverpool fans

The Reds collected the trophy in an empty stadium but the German manager insists the fans will get a chance to celebrate with the team

Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool fans to "prepare for a party" with the team when social distancing measures are lifted.

The Reds' 30-year wait for a Premier League title came to an end this season and the trophy was presented to the players after their 5-3 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday.

There were no fans present to join in the celebrations due to restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, but Klopp promised there will be a real party when it is safe.  

“It’s been an amazing season and I am so thankful to be part of this club and team that has won the Premier League after 30 years.

“Winning the Premier League has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. That’s why you join Liverpool, you want to win trophies, the expectations are so high. When you come as a young player it was so difficult, but it has been a process, a journey that doesn’t happen overnight. 

“It’s been five years since the gaffer came in and every single player has been a part of that journey.”

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