Frank Lampard criticizes Liverpool after Anfield incident
Chelsea's manager Frank Lampard blasts Liverpool players following last night's incident at Anfield, saying they were 'arrogant.'
It was an entertaining game last night between Jurgen Klopp's men and Lampard's Chelsea as Liverpool emerged victorious to lift their long-awaited English Premier League title for the first time since its inception.
Liverpool has not lifted the Premier League title since it was founded on 20 February 1992. This is how remarkable the day meant for Liverpool fans all over the world going into this game.
On the other end, Frank Lampard and his Chelsea team needed at least a draw from this game to secure a champions league place for next season.
The game started very intensely with both teams rearing for the goals. Lampard is well known to always choose attack over the defence and it was no different here.
Liverpool was on the front gear, pushing back Chelsea every time with scintillating attacking moves and team play.
The first goal of the game emerged in the 23rd minutes when Naby Keita swiped a long volley from the outside eighteen-yard box into the back of the net. In the 38 minutes, Liverpool added another goal from a Trent Alexander-Arnold's freekick.
Alexander Arnold freekick against chelsea
The foul leading to the freekick stirred some ugly incident on the touchline, with Chelsea's Frank Lampard engaging in verbal fights with the Liverpool head coach, Jurgen Klopp.
Lampard was not happy with the official's decision to award freekick to Liverpool following a challenge from Mateo Kovacic on Mane.
The reaction from the Chelsea manager drew the attention of the Liverpool head coach who exchanged words with him, but the fourth official was quick enough to stop the incident from escalating.
The burst-up: Chelsea's Frank Lampard exchanges words with Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp
Later in the post-match interview, the Chelsea head coach said it was an "arrogant" behaviour from the Liverpool team. "For me, it wasn't a foul from Kovacic," Lampard told Sky Sports.
"There were a lot of things that were ongoing and on the bench. I've got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he's managed this team, and it's fantastic. Some of the benches, it's a fine line between when you are winning - and they've won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club.
but also don't get too arrogant with it. That was my thing, but it's done. In match play, you get emotional, and that was it."
Georginio Wignaldum made it 3-0 in the 43 minutes when he volleyed past Kepa Arizablaga just sixteen yards away from the goal post.
Two minutes later, Chelsea's hope was restored by their in-form striker and French international Oliver Giroud when he finished out Willian's saved shot.
The game continued its scintillating form in the second half, witnessing four more goals. First, it was Firmino, who headed a wonderful team goal past the Chelsea goalkeeper in the 55 minutes to make it 4-1 after Mohammed Salah had wasted two clear chances.
Christian Pulisic was the talk of the match as the United States international came up from the bench alongside Tammy Abraham to assist the latter for Chelsea's second goal of the night within 1 minute of his entrance.
This looked to have revived the Chelsea players and it was not long, as Pulisic grabbed his goal of the night to add to this assist when he calmly slotted home a fine cross from a quick counter-attack from the Chelsea team.
The way he controlled the ball and twisted away from his marker, Alexander Arnold, was such a joy to see for the youngster.
Pulisic celebrates his goal against Liverpool, Chelsea's third goal of the night. [Liverpool vs Chelsea, July 22, 2020]
It looked game on at 4-3, and looked like Chelsea was going to deliver a massive upset and ruin the day for the reigning champions. Jurgen Klopp made a quick change, bringing on former Arsenal midfielder Oxlade Chamberlain for Mohammed Salah, who had looked wasteful all night.
The change proved the saviour for Liverpool as Chamberlain scored the fifth goal of the day for Liverpool, meeting a fine cross following a counter-attack from Liverpool to seal the game.
Jurgen Klopp celebrating with his players
After lifting the trophy, Klopp went on to acknowledge their achievement, saying: "We're champions of England, of Europe and the world,"
"I know what that sounds like, but it's the truth. It's unbelievable, to be honest. We'll not stop. We have internal challenges, and each player can improve. Five years ago, I asked the supporters to believe us. I told the doubters to become believers; they made it happen."
Klopp told Liverpool fans to celebrate at home and sent a message thanking them for their support through the journey.
"If you don't see that we do it for you I can't help you," the German said. "You made us happy, we all should celebrate at home. Prepare for a party, and when this virus has gone, we will have a party.".
The Top four Race
Chelsea needed only a point to seal their champions league qualification. But that was not to be against the champions, still, all hope is not lost, as we head down to the last game of the season.
Chelsea now sits in the 4th position in the Premier League table with Manchester United occupying the 3rd position on goal difference ( 63 points each). Manchester United has 28 goals while Chelsea has 13 goals so far in the league table.
The 5th position of the League is occupied by Leicester City who has 62 points, just one point less the two teams in the 3rd and fourth position.
With only one game remaining Chelsea will be playing against Wolves at Stamford Bridge while Manchester United will play away to Leicester City on Sunday.
A draw in the two-games will see both Chelsea and Manchester United qualify for the Champions League next season.
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