Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Eden Hazard makes Olivier Giroud claim after striker downs Liverpool

Eden Hazard makes Olivier Giroud claim after striker downs Liverpool

An intense contest in stifling heat proved too much at the end of a week which saw Jurgen Klopp's men advance to the Champions League final.

Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho finally got his dream move over the line when the Catalan giants paid Liverpool £142m to bring him to the Camp Nou back in January.

So when on Sunday Chelsea took a first-half lead, somewhat against the run of play, versus Liverpool in a must-win contest, their fans will have been forgiven for fearing the worst. "We play our last game at home and Chelsea have to go to Newcastle - that's not a holiday trip, it doesn't sound like a holiday trip to me!" he told reporters at his post-match press conference.

Liverpool will host Brighton & Hove Albion in their final game of the season. Klopp also stated that, despite having a more important fixture to play, the focus on the Premier League will not reduce with so much still left to play for.

Sadio Mane's 25-yard drive forced a sprawling save from Courtois and from the resulting corner, the Chelsea keeper needed to be alert to stop Virgil van Dijk heading in from close range.

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Liverpool, though, can all-but secure their Champions League spot by avoiding defeat. Chelsea had a full week of rest and have their focus entirely on the Premier League now, something they could really take benefit.

Hopefully the boys all came through the game OK.

The match finished goalless, which effectively ended Chelsea's title hopes, and Mourinho reportedly tore into Salah after the game.

Meanwhile, manager Antonio Conte has put the cat between the pigeons, calling Liverpool's foray into the finals of the Champions League as somewhat lucky as they managed to avoid the big European teams in the draw.

For Liverpool, Adam Lallana is back in training but unlikely to be available from the start. We should expect a mixed line-up for Liverpool, with Nathaniel Clyne potentially starting. We should see Bakayoko starting, together with Olivier Giroud, in a mission to exploit Liverpool's defensive fragilities.

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