Chelsea are likely to have to better Leicester City’s result on the final day of the Premier League season to ensure UEFA Champions League football next season after losing 5-3 at Liverpool this evening.
The Blues were shaky at the back and were punished by the champions. Frank Lampard’s men are likely to now have to get at least a point against Wolves on Sunday with top four rivals Leicester City and Manchester United facing each other at The King Power Stadium.
Chelsea started quite brightly against Liverpool with Mason Mount heading an early effort just wide but Liverpool soon took control with Naby Keita striking home the opener from distance.
The Blues thought they have equalised when Mount had the ball in the back of the net but VAR ruled that the youngster was offside and the goal was quickly chalked off.
That moment was pivotal as Liverpool netted two quick goals. First Trent Alexander-Arnold curled in a stunning free-kick before Georginio Wijnaldum thumped home a third to leave Chelsea out of sight.
Lampard’s side would go into the break with a glimmer of hope when Olivier Giroud scrambled the ball home deep in first half stoppage time.
The start of the second period failed to bring much better fortune for The Blues. Alexander-Arnold crossed the ball onto the head of Roberto Firmino and he powered home as Liverpool went 4-1 up.
Despite being outclassed, Chelsea were not done themselves. Tammy Abraham produced a clinical finish to make it 4-2 before Christian Pulisic hauled The Blues to within a goal after firing in from a Callum Hudson-Odoi cross.
Liverpool were to end the match 5-3 winners. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain popped up at the back post with six minutes remaining to rifle the ball into the roof of the net.
Chelsea must now hold their nerve to get a result against Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.