Man City’s 2-1 defeat to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea signals celebrations for Jurgen Klopp and the Reds.
Liverpool have officially been named the champions of the English Premier League after 30 years of coming short. Before today, in the history of the club, they finished a whopping 14 times second best, but thanks to a courageous performance by Chelsea, they win their first-ever Premier League title, but their 19th English Championship overall.
Chelsea 2-1 Man City short recap
The match that sealed the fate for Man City and Liverpool was this one. On two fronts this game was important to many teams across England. Lampard needed a victory from his boys in order to maintain a five-point gap and keep their distance from both, Man United and Wolves, who are equal on points and a short-range behind in fifth and sixth place.
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On the other front, having to indirectly do a favour for Liverpool, who needed a City loss to be confirmed as “authentic” champions of England. A win-win situation, both clubs benefited from dearly. Christian Pulisic had a dream start for the Blues and Reds when he scored the first of the fixture and his second in as many games.
The Stamford Bridge side unleashed their powers on Pep Guardiola and his Man City team. The ex-champs were second best for most of the match, and were missing that edge they possessed in the previous two comeback games since the restart of the Premier League.
Pulisic’s 36th-minute opener was later cancelled out by a perfectly placed free-kick in the 55th minute of the second half by Kevin de Bruyne. There was no need for a second asking, he did his job sublimely and got the score back on level terms.
After the halftime break and the equaliser, Man City was looking stronger and looked as if they were going to come back from behind and take the lead. However, they were not that good and Raheem Sterling‘ shot against the post following a quick counter setting him up in a 1-v-1 situation, proved it was not the Citizens’ night.
Then came the final moments of madness, with two magnificent goal-line saves by Man City outfielders, one legal and one illegal. The illegal offence? Punishable by red, and Fernandinho got his marching orders early than the rest out on the pitch.
A penalty kick and Man City were only 10 men on the field for the remaining 13 minutes of the game. Up steps, Willian, and the Brazilian made no mistake from the spot, 2-1 Chelsea. Nothing left in the tank for Manchester City, and that’s it… Ball game! Chelsea win! Liverpool win!
Do they push for the Man City record?
The question is now, do Liverpool keep going as they did from the first whistle of the season? Man City’s centurion point-record is there for the taking. Defending the Golden Boot award is there for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
The motivation is there but the opportunity to try new things also arises. Jurgen Klopp can bleed in players like Takumi Minamino and get Naby Keita up and running for next season. Second choice players or those on the fringe with a point to prove can come in.
Nonetheless, we all know every Scouser, Liverpudlian, and Red, will want to push on and make this a Premier League campaign to remember by going to fetch City’s 100-point record. A 30-year wait seised in brilliant fashion. Twenty-three points clear at the summit of the standings.
Seven games in hand before the season ends. A chance to end the run with 107 points. One loss and two draws, and still managing a better point tally than Arsene Wenger’s’ Invincibles (90 points). Twenty-eight games won out of the 31 played. Nothing short of AMAZING Jurgen Klopp! CONGRATULATIONS LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB!