By James K. Attaglo Wilson

Yes, Liverpool were already champions prior to kick off, but the Reds forced Chelsea to fully account for the infamous ‘Gerrard Slip’ joke as Jurgen Klopp’s men wobbled the Blues in an eight-goal thriller at Anfield on Wednesday, July 22.

Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead in the first stanza with goals from Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum, but Chelsea’s new found saviour, Olivier Giroud pulled one back for the Blues right before the close of the first chapter.

Back from the recess, Liverpool’s Brazilian striker – Roberto Firmino increased the tally, scoring his first league goal at Anfield since March 2019. Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored in turns to reduce Chelsea’s arrears, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finished a brilliant counter attack to seal a 5-3 victory for Liverpool.

The champions have no assignment at hand but Chelsea need at least a point from their final game of the season against Wolves to ensure they finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

What’s Gerrard Slip?

Liverpool came close to winning the Premier League in the 2013/14 season under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, but the Reds leader and captain – Steven Gerrard fell victim to the whims of fate as he became the symbol of the Reds capitulation which allowed Manchester City the opportunity to race past the Reds to win the Premier League.

It was on April 27, 2014 when the then league leaders – Liverpool welcomed Chelsea to Anfield in their third-to-last-game of the season.

With 5 points clear atop the table, a win for the Reds would have seen the lift the trophy, but disaster struck on the brink of the half time whistle as Steven Gerrard slipped to the ground to gift Demba Ba a golden opportunity to put Chelsea ahead.

Try as Liverpool tried to claw back and possibly snatch a win in the second stanza did not see the light of day as Jose Mourinho’s water-tight defence was fully greased for the occasion.

Chelsea would rather score their second and final goal in time added on through Brazilian winger – Willian to dent Liverpool’s hope of Premier League title glory.