Looking Back At Last Season's 5-3 Classic

Ahead of Liverpool's all important clash with Chelsea, we take a look at the sides' last Anfield match up and the trophy celebrations that will forever live long in the memory.
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Liverpool host Chelsea on Thursday in a game that may prove pivotal in this season's race for the top four. The Reds showed glimpses of their usual selves in their hard fought victory over Sheffield United on Sunday. 

However, Thomas Tuchel has brought new life to the visitors' previously waning league campaign, since his arrival back in January.

Prior to the game, LFC Transfer Room takes a look at the last time these sides faced at Anfield. On a July evening, fans across the country witnessed an immensely entertaining game and memorably, the all-important long-awaited trophy lift that followed.

Game of the Season?

Chelsea needed just a point to secure Champions League football for another year, after Manchester United drew 1-1 to West Ham United earlier that day.

Liverpool, on the other hand, had already achieved their season's goal. Interestingly, it was their London opponents who had secured the Reds' first league title in 30 years; after defeating Manchester City just a month earlier.

Thomas Tuchel speaks to the media

Despite early pressure from Frank Lampard's side, Liverpool blew the visitors away in a mouth-watering twenty first half minutes. Naby Keita broke the deadlock with a powerful 25-yard drive, neatly clipping the crossbar on its way in.

Trent-Alexander Arnold doubled the newly-crowned champions' lead, smashing home his third direct free kick of the season; only Jamie Redknapp (with four) had now scored more at the age of 21 or under in the Premier League.

Within minutes, Georginio Wijnaldum powered a volley past a helpless Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it three for the home side.

Despite grabbing one back just before the break, through Olivier Giroud, Chelsea's comeback hopes were quickly suppressed by Roberto Firmino's first Anfield goal of the season.

Substitute Christian Pulisic reinvigorated the visitors' faith, grabbing a well-worked goal and assist to bring the visitors within touching distance of the top four. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's fierce strike put the game beyond doubt and thus concluded a memorable chapter in the sides' long catalogue of classics.

30 Years In The Making

Anfield had witnessed its first league game involving eight goals since Liverpool's infamous 4-4 draw with Arsenal back in 2009. The win also meant the Reds had secured their third successive league season unbeaten at home.

However, to say that the subsequent events upstaged the incredible 5-3 thriller would be an understatement.

One by one, players and coaching staff made their way onto the trophy podium, erected on the Kop neatly draped with scarves and banners. 

Eventually, it was Jordan Henderson's turn to receive his winner's medal from club legend, Sir Kenny Dalglish - the man who signed Liverpool's captain from Sunderland in 2011.

After 30 years of pain, doubt and so-nearlies, Henderson lifted up that elusive Premier League trophy to end the burdensome drought. Fittingly, Liverpool's points tally that night was 96; a number forever etched into the club's history.

Following the celebrations, Klopp sent a heartwarming message to Liverpool fans across the world. "If you cannot see that we do this for you then I cannot help you, really. 

"You made us champions. Thank you very much. We should all celebrate."

There may have been no supporters at Anfield that night, nor a victory parade to follow. However, Liverpool has a unique connection between its players and supporters, unlike any other club in the country. 

When Henderson raised the league trophy, he did so watched by every fan across the world. In many ways, their presence was still felt, both during and after the match. 

Moreover, fans will one day pack the streets of Liverpool for a trophy parade akin to 2019's Champions League victory. 

Thursday's match may not provide the same scenes of ecstasy and overwhelming relief. However, it is a six-pointer for both clubs with an invaluable step towards a top four finish. 

Will Liverpool build on Sunday's win; or will Tuchel finally get his Anfield revenge after losing with both Borussia Dortmund and PSG?