(CNN)Liverpool’s hopes of winning the English Premier League title for the first time in 29 years are very much alive thanks a stirring second half performance against Chelsea and a sublime long-range strike from Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian picked the ball up on the right of the Chelsea box in the 53rd minute and arrowed a rasping, unstoppable drive beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga from 25-yards to secure a 2-0 victory and three precious points.
Salah said he was so far out that he felt had to go with just “power” when speaking to UK broadcaster Sky Sports after the match. The goal was also the first Salah had scored from outside of the penalty box in the Premier League for more than a year.
Chelsea twice came close to getting back into the game in the second period through Eden Hazard, the Belgian striking the post before being denied by Alisson in the Liverpool goal.
Yet the result puts Liverpool back atop the Premier League table, two ahead of a Manchester City side that defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 earlier in the day.
City, however, has a game in hand on its title rival.
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Avoiding a title slip
The last time Liverpool was in contention to win the Premier League title at this stage of the season, an Anfield defeat to Chelsea put paid to those ambitions.
Steven Gerrard’s costly slip in 2014, which enabled Demba Ba to score for what was then Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, has gone down in English football folklore. It’s also made a significant contribution to meme culture.
Only Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson, who missed that fateful game through suspension, remain at Liverpool from that season. However, a young Mohamed Salah started up front for Chelsea.
The Egyptian was quiet on that day but has gone on to become one of the most deadly strikers in the English league since signing for Liverpool in 2017.
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