Chelsea were beaten 5-3 at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
Naby Keita opened the scoring for the champions, Trent Alexander-Arnold added the second from a brilliantly taken free-kick, Georginio Wijnaldum made the most of a scramble in Chelsea’s box to slam in the third, and Olivier Giroud pounced on the rebound of a fantastic save made by Alisson Becker to squeeze in some hope for the Blues just before halftime. Roberto Firmino capitalized on a great cross by Alexander-Arnold to slam his header in for Liverpool’s fourth, and then Lampard introduced Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi into the fray.
The American winger produced a fantastic performance as he first assisted Abraham to make it 4-2 after a dizzying run down the left, and then he slammed in Chelsea’s third himself. It was at that point that it started feeling likely the visitors would get something from the game, but their push to find an equalizer left them exposed at the back and Liverpool sprang their trap. Sadio Mane launched the run of Andy Robertson down the left, and the fullback squared it into the box for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to set the final score.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was mostly pleased with what he saw from his team, especially the way they came back into the contest having gone down 3-0 and 4-1.
Thoughts from the boss after last night's defeat. pic.twitter.com/a333hlJKUx
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 23, 2020
They certainly could have used the points were they able to get a better result in their bid to secure top-four placement, but they will now have to turn to the clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final round of the Premier League campaign on Sunday, while direct competitors Leicester City and Manchester United take each other on.
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