Chelsea hopes of finishing fourth in the English Premier League have been dealt a blow after The Blues were defeated 2-0 by Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah got the goals in the second half as the hosts returned to the English Premier League summit.
The first half produced very little in the way of goalmouth action. Salah had an early chance for Liverpool after getting on the end of a Mane cross while Eden Hazard fired Chelsea’s only shot on target of the first half straight at home keeper Alisson.
The match came to the boil early in the second half when Jordan Henderson crossed for Mane to head the ball home and break the deadlock for the home side.
Matters quickly got worse for Maurizio Sarri’s men when three minutes later, Salah struck a wonderful effort from range which flew past Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into the back of the net, a Goal of the Season contender.
Hazard then saw an effort rattle the post as Chelsea searched for a way back into the match before the same player forced a save from Alisson with a close range strike.
Liverpool had further chances to extend their two-goal lead but Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and Mane were all unable to beat Arrizabalaga with their efforts. Those missed opportunities did not matter though as The Reds won the match 2-0.
Chelsea are back in action on Thursday evening when Slavia Prague are the visitors to Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Europa League.