Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea: Conor Bradley scores first Premier League goal as Reds secure emphatic victory at Anfield
Youngster Conor Bradley scored his first goal for Premier League leaders Liverpool in a 4-1 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday.
Jota started the scoring, and the 20-year-old doubled the hosts’ lead with a superb strike. Bradley then provided an excellent assist for Szoboszlai, with Luis Diaz adding a fourth following Nkunku’s consolation.
Liverpool moved five points ahead at the top of the Premier League on Wednesday with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Chelsea at Anfield.
Chelsea provided little resistance as Klopp’s high-octane pressing caught them in possession multiple times, and they were punished in full.
Aside from that, Nunez missed a penalty and struck the crossbar four times as a lacklustre Chelsea were ripped apart.
Conor Bradley’s outstanding performance was capped off with his first goal for Liverpool and an assist for Dominic Szoboszlai. Diogo Jota was again a thorn in Chelsea’s side, scoring the goal following more excellent work by Bradley.
Christopher Nkunku scored with little under 20 minutes remaining to offer Chelsea a ray of hope, but Nunez set up Luis Diaz shortly after to secure the win.
Liverpool will now meet Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday in a game that may decide the championship battle.
Liverpool appears focused on the task at hand. When Klopp startled football by announcing the end of his tenure at Anfield last Friday, the timing was more surprising than anything else. Liverpool had just reached a cup final and were now atop the Premier League table.
It is occurring, though, and there will be a significant gap at Anfield by the summer. With that understanding, Liverpool might easily become sidetracked in a sea of passion and thanks, as their remaining matches with Klopp at Anfield approach zero.
So far, however, the data suggests that this unavoidable diversion has been postponed. The immediate aftermath games against Norwich and now Chelsea have been handled, and it will be a long wait until May.
That month might provide multiple opportunities to commemorate Klopp’s departure with silverware, but in order to do so, Liverpool must maintain their concentration in order to place themselves in that position.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: CONOR BRADLEY
The right-back position at Liverpool is thought to be permanently secured, but if Bradley continues to seize opportunities and deliver performances like this, he will give Klopp – and whomever comes after him – a very joyful headache. Tonight’s barnstorming, high-octane effort was highlighted by a crucial hand in two goals, as well as his first goal for the club.