Klopp tells Salah to stop diving, but backs him to rediscover form

Ross Houston
May 8, 2018

Antonio Conte's men had appeared nearly out of the running until recently, but Olivier Giroud's first-half header secured them a fourth successive top-flight win and they go into the final two games of the season within striking distance of Spurs.

Having scored the goal, Giroud sprinted to the Chelsea bench and hugged David Luiz.

Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 during the weekend clash and move two points behind Tottenham Hotspur and three points behind Liverpool with two games to go.

Tottenham, due to their superior goal difference, are likely to require just a win and a draw in home games against Newcastle and Leicester to thwart Chelsea. It therefore simply needs to equal the Blues' result next Sunday to secure a place in the top four, and the automatic 2018-19 Champions League qualification that comes with it.

Jenas noticed that Liverpool's revered front three - Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane - were all uncharacteristically selfish against Roma.

So where do the club's stand?

The former Southampton livewire was arguably Liverpool's best and most energetic player but his decision making arguably let him down.

Liverpool struggled to breach a resolute Chelsea defence. This trio has enjoyed an electric season which has seen them land 29 goals collectively in the Champions League, a stat that Jenas feels may have inflicted their thinking against Roma. He also kept Salah away from the ball with flawless body position, both spatially and when marking Salah one-on-one.

He is entitled to have a bad game given the season he has had, but Liverpool need to fix this quickly because they have got two of the most important games of their whole season coming up. With United set to seal the second position, the race for the remaining spots may be decided on the final day of the League.

That means that despite their victory this afternoon Chelsea still find themselves at the mercy of Liverpool and Spurs.

"We are winning and our opponents are dropping points", Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte was quoted as saying by BBC.

There is a very real chance that the only end-of-season drama at the top of the Premier League table will prove to be too little, too late. As for Spurs, they just have not looked as impressive as they have done this season and they need to return to firing on all cylinders if they are to beat the Blues to that final top four spot.

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