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11 Quickfire Conclusions As Mo Salah Edges Liverpool Closer To Throne

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A stunning strike from Mo Salah helped Liverpool keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield.

After City defeated Crystal Palace earlier in the day, Liverpool knew they needed to get a result against Chelsea, and showed their title credentials against Sarri’s men.

Following a scoreless first half, Liverpool took the lead thanks to Sadio Mané’s 18th goal of the season as he headed in Jordan Henderson’s cross at the back post.

Salah came up trumps shortly after with a rocket of a strike which flew past Kepa Arrizabalaga into the Chelsea net.

The away side had their chances to get back into the game through Eden Hazard but the game finished in the home side’s favour.

Here are 11 quickfire conclusions as Liverpool put Chelsea to the sword.

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1) In the first half an hour Liverpool dominated the ball wide but Chelsea did a fine job of limiting the influence of their creative players through the middle. Although the wide men are so effective, the Reds often required more bodies breaking into the area.

2) Chelsea went for Eden Hazard in a false nine position instead of Gonzalo Higuain in a more recognised striker role and despite their opponents having the better of the play in the first half, the Belgian looked dangerous in there up against the Liverpool defence.

3) Playing on the counter was also very effective for Chelsea with the pace of Willian, Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi providing problems when they got the chance to break.

4) Losing Antonio Rudiger however could be a big blow to Chelsea’s top four aspirations. He has certainly been their best defender this season.

5) Naby Keita appears to be improving game on game for Liverpool in the last few weeks especially. His confidence is growing in the midfield role at a crucial time for Klopp’s side.

6) Jordan Henderson in an advanced role is also helping. The skipper did brilliantly for the Mané’s goal with comparisons being made to Stephen Gerrard after he essentially made something out of nothing when it was required the most. He had a fantastic game.

7) The goal gave Liverpool confidence, and the second came in unbelievable fashion through Mo Salah’s rocket of a strike. He has been criticised at times this season but that was his 19th goal of the campaign and an incredibly important one at that.

8) What was worrying from a Liverpool perspective was how pushing for that third goal almost cost them. Eden Hazard found a lot more space as they pushed on and was incredibly unlucky not to have grabbed at least one back as he hit the post and saw Alisson deny him shortly after.

9) Also a word on Hazard, who was head and shoulders above every other player in blue at Anfield. He arguably should have brought his side back into the game but the quality he showed when Chelsea were struggling at 2-0 down was incredible.

10) Trent-Alexander Arnold also had a magnificent game for the home side. The 20-year old has become one of Liverpool’s most important players in the run in.

11) Exorcising the ghosts of 2014 will have been big for Liverpool this afternoon and with arguably the hardest game of their run in comfortably negotiated they will be full of confidence. City may still have the upper hand, but this was the perfect response.

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