Liverpool’s title-winning party made a hugely entertaining start as they claimed a 5-3 victory over a spirited Chelsea at Anfield.

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Naby Keita’s rasping effort gave Liverpool a spectacular lead before Trent Alexander-Arnold’s mesmerising free-kick doubled their advantage.

This stunning strike by Keita gave Liverpool the lead on 23 minutes
This stunning strike by Keita gave Liverpool the lead on 23 minutes
Alexander-Arnold is making a habit of scoring brilliant free-kicks
Alexander-Arnold is making a habit of scoring brilliant free-kicks

A smart finish by Georginio Wijnaldum gave them a commanding 3-0 lead but Olivier Giroud pulled one back on the stroke of half time.

Roberto Firmino’s header looked to have put the game beyond any doubt but Christian Pulisic’s introduction sparked a great fightback from Frank Lampard’s men.

Chelsea gave Liverpool a real scare in the second half
Chelsea gave Liverpool a real scare in the second half

The American laid the ball on a plate for Tammy Abraham to finish before getting a goal himself to ensure a nervous finish to the match.

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There would be one more goal but it went to the home side as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got on the end of Andy Robertson’s low cross to seal the three points and ensure the party gets started in the best possible way.

Liverpool needed the goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain to ensure the points
Liverpool needed the goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain to ensure the points

Fans aren’t allowed in the ground but Jurgen Klopp’s men put a show on for those watching at home, although the most notable part of the early stages saw a plane with a banner congratulating Liverpool on the win fly over Anfield.

Some Liverpool fans congratulated Klopp’s Reds by flying a plane with a special message over Anfield
Some Liverpool fans congratulated Klopp’s Reds by flying a plane with a special message over Anfield

But the game kicked into life when Keita fired the ball in off the crossbar after winning it in a dangerous position.

Liverpool then won a free-kick in a dangerous position, which Alexander-Arnold beautifully curled in in what was a carbon copy of his stunning goal against Crystal Palace last month.

It looked like they were going to cruise to the win when Wijnaldum took advantage of some slack Chelsea defending to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

The Dutchman put Liverpool 3-0 up on 43 minutes
The Dutchman put Liverpool 3-0 up on 43 minutes
But Chelsea fought back with Giroud’s goal
But Chelsea fought back with Giroud’s goal

Giroud gave the Blues a glimmer of hope as he bundled the ball on the stroke of half time after Willian forced Alisson Becker into a good save.

The home side’s three-goal lead was restored when Firmino nodded in Alexander-Arnold’s inviting cross – the Brazilian finally getting his first Premier League goal at Anfield this season.

Firmino got off the mark at Anfield in the final home match of the season
Firmino got off the mark at Anfield in the final home match of the season

Pulisic came on moments later and caused the Liverpool defence lots of problems and had a hand in two goals Chelsea scored in quick succession.

A free-flowing move resulted in Pulisic setting Abraham up for an easy finish and then the winger expertly fired the ball into the top corner.

Chelsea probed the questionable Reds defence but the champions restored breathing space with a brilliant goal on the counter.

Andy Robertson’s fantastic run and low cross ran through to Oxlade-Chamberlain and the substitute made no mistake.

Liverpool sign off at home with an entertaining win
Liverpool sign off at home with an entertaining win

The result means Chelsea’s position in next season’s Champions League isn’t quite sewn up but their destiny is still in their own hands when they entertain Wolves on Sunday.

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