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“Bottled it’ – Chelsea fans feeling nervous after Liverpool beat Manchester United

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Liverpool are four points behind Chelsea in the Premier League with a game in hand after their victory at Old Trafford. 

Chelsea fans are starting to feel nervous after Liverpool beat Manchester United on Thursday night.

The Reds secured a 4-2 victory over their arch rivals at Old Trafford, to make the race for a top four finish in the Premier League still in their hands.

Diogo Jota opened the scoring before Roberto Firmino bagged a brace either side of half time. Mohamed Salah secured the victory with a goal in the closing moments, with those three points moving Liverpool up to fifth place.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are now four points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, and six adrift of Leicester City with those two clubs playing each other in the league next week.

Neither Chelsea or Leicester can get maximum points from their remaining games, leaving the door open for Liverpool to take advantage should they win their final three fixtures.

After Liverpool’s win at Old Trafford, Chelsea fans took to social media to express their thoughts and emotions on whether they will secure a top four finish ahead of Liverpool.

Here is a selection of what they had to say:

Samyak Jain: “Good while it lasted. Sad that Tuchel will probably be sacked now.”

Shed End Chat: “I think it’s genuinely gone. Liverpool are riding the wave now with three of the best fixtures they could ask for. We have to beat Leicester who are above us and Villa with Grealish back. Last night was awful.”

Nathan Harmer: “No, including the champions league final we have to win five games in a row. In reality it’s not going to happen. It could be Thursday night football for us.”

CFC_LK: “We’ve bottled it yesterday, the only way we’re getting UCL next season now is by winning the UCL.”

Ryan Wells: “It’s still in our hands. If we beat Leicester on Tuesday we are just about there. Draw and it’s in the balance, lose and I think we can rest players versus Villa.”

Nathan Groce: “Nope. We don’t play well when expected to win. Look at Southampton, West Brom, Wolves and Arsenal this season. We have four points from eight games against these teams. Only when we are underdogs we show up. We are going to have to win the CL final to play CL next season.”

MBA11: “Nope. Two wins needed in two games against teams that we haven’t won against this season. Squeezed between fa cup and ucl final. Villa with fans.”

CFCArjun: “Not really! Top four should have been done and dusted by now. What if we draw against Leicester next week. The only good thing we have it’s in our hands still. But surely you don’t want to go into the last time needing a win to qualify for top four.”

(Liverpool Echo)

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Liverpool Captain, Jordan Henderson Awarded MBE for Charity Works

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Jordan Henderson has been awarded an MBE for services to charity.

Liverpool’s captain has been recognised for his work and contribution throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

In April 2020, Henderson was an architect of the ‘Players Together’ initiative that encouraged professional footballers to donate to the NHS.

He subsequently became an ambassador for the NHS Charities Together organisation, which supports the staff, patients and volunteers of the 240 NHS charities in the UK.

Earlier this year, meanwhile, Henderson supported Cybersmile’s anti-cyberbullying campaign ‘People Not Profiles’ by handing over control of his social media accounts to the foundation in order to raise awareness of the impact of online abuse.

 

 

Video: Jordan Henderson on receiving MBE

Speaking about receiving an MBE, Henderson said: “My family and I feel greatly humbled to be recognised in this way, more so given the reason for it.

“There are many privileges that come from playing professional football, but having a platform to promote a charitable cause such as Players Together and NHS Charities Together is as big a privilege as any.

“It’s important for me to state that although the honour has been issued to me personally, the credit must be shared to a far larger group of people and I accept this in the knowledge I was part of something special, rather than the reason for it.

“The other Premier League captains were the catalyst and the rest of the players, including my own teammates at Liverpool, were a driving force behind the scenes. Huge numbers of football fans from across the country also displayed great generosity in donating.

“But the true heroes are the NHS staff; they put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect us.

“Therefore I dedicate this to all the nurses, doctors, carers, porters, admin workers, cleaners, security personnel and every single individual who devotes their career and their lives to making the NHS the part of British life we are rightly most proud of as a nation.”

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Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: CHELSEA WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Post-match reaction, ratings

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Chelsea went toe-to-toe with the favored opposition, and won the first 45.

The second half started on a much different note and that note only got louder, with City dominating proceedings and pressing for the equalizer, and Chelsea looking to keep things tight at the back and counter when given the chance.

And that gameplan worked very well, and almost to perfection but Christian Pulisic put his chip wide of the post when put through on the counter by Havertz.

Despite that miss, Chelsea stayed strong and would not break.

  • No surprises from Tuchel, as the back three restored with Azpi, James at wing-back, and Havertz leading the line. Jorginho with the nod over Kovačić.
  • Forced into early sub after Thiago Silva injured his groin on the half-hour. Christensen on to deputize as he had during Silva’s previous injury.
  • Pulisic on as fresh legs for Werner for the final quarter of the match. Kovacic on for Mount, who had dropped deep into midfield by then for the final 10-15.
  • Havertz’s first ever goal in the Champions League in a dozen tries.

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74 Years After, Brentford Returns to the Premier League

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Two first half goals by Emiliano Maconde and Ivan Toney were all that was needed stop Swansea City from realising the dream of returning to the English top league, but enough for Brentford to end a 74-year absence from the top division.

Brentford have ended a seven-decade-plus hiatus from the top-flight of English football after they triumphed 2-0 against Swansea City in the Championship play-off final on Saturday, to seal their first-ever Premier League appearance.

First-half goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes were enough for Thomas Frank’s side to beat the Swans at Wembley Stadium and join Norwich and Watford at the high table of the domestic game from next season onwards.

It ends a run of nine straight play-off defeats over the past 30 years, and brings to a close a 74-year absence from the top division for the Bees, in front of a crowd of 11,689 in north London.

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