Liverpool’s African Footballer of the Year, Mohamed Salah, shot the Reds back to the top of the Premier League table with a stunning strike to clinch a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool had earlier surrendered their lead position on the table when Manchester City crushed Crystal Palace 3-1 at home, thereby piling pressure on the Reds to retake the leadership of the EPL.
It was an emotional afternoon at Anfield it was the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans and its the week that club legend Tommy Smith passed away, after a minute’s silence featuring mosaics reading “30 years” and “96” held up by fans around the ground, Liverpool’s focus was trained on avenging one of the more painful defeats in the club’s recent history; Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in 2014 which led to a huge loss to Chelsea that effectively handed the title to Manchester City.
Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane’s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City.
For City, it could as well be a temporary setback as the champions boast of five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, having an advantage over the Reds.
For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.
-With Agency reports