Tottenham really proved that Chelsea are NOT “unbeatable” tonight. Liverpool had also proven that earlier this season, but the winning streak of 13 games they had been on was just put to an end by Chelsea’s London rivals, Spurs.
Dele Alli was on point to score in both halves, making it 1-0 at the end of the first half and 2-0 after the break at the 54th minute.
The first half goal was scored just into the 1st minute of the 2 minutes of extra time which had been added by the match officials. Nothing unfair about the timing of it and there wasn’t any offside, former Liverpool player Victor Moses was playing Dele Alli onside as he leapt through the air and headed past Courtois to score.
Dele Alli must have been anxious to get out there and make sure their rivals wouldn’t be equalising, as it was only 9 minutes into the 2nd half by the time he’d doubled Tottenham’s lead.
Chelsea’s main goalscorer Diego Costa wasn’t seen with the ball much thanks to a tight defence from Spurs and Hugo Lloris had every effort shot at him covered when he was tested by Chelsea’s attack. Aswell as the goals scored by Dele Alli, a clean sheet for Lloris secured a 2-0 win for Tottenham.
What does this mean for Liverpool?
Well, firstly – the recent draw we got against Sunderland actually did not work against us. Had Chelsea beaten Tottenham, they’d have increased their lead from 5 points to 8 points. That didn’t happen. They couldn’t even get a draw to increase to 6 points as they had been ahead by in previous weeks. Liverpool have actually gained a point on Chelsea.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll keep saying it until the day it’s about to happen – Liverpool will play Chelsea on January 31st. If we win that game at Anfield, we’ll pull back another 3 points and could potentially be only 2 points behind Chelsea after that. That’s assuming that they’d even win the fixtures they have to play as Liverpool won theirs. There’s a simple way to pull back 2 points though – If Liverpool won a game on the same day that Chelsea drew a game, we’d get 3 points while they got just 1. That’s 2 points pulled back. It’d be nice if Liverpool won as Chelsea lost, also. That’d pull back 3 points. If these things happen – Liverpool will be claiming 1st place back again which they had held before Chelsea claimed it. A run of consistent wins would then be all Liverpool needed to keep their place and be crowned Premier League Champions by the end of the season. I’m NOT saying it’s easy. I’m just pointing out how it’s done. This will be the way it all plans out. Probably! The Premier league is very unpredictable and there are other scenarios in which Liverpool could still win the league. But this is the most likely way it could happen.
What does this mean for the rest of the league?
The season is far from over and Tottenham have just gone out and given the rest of the Premier League teams an example of how to beat the league leaders. You don’t have to be afraid. It’s definitely not impossible. Chelsea are beatable. They’re going into the second half of the season on the back of a large winning streak that was just broken. THIS IS THE TIME when things can and most likely will go wrong for them! They’ve had all their good luck already and it just ran out. Now, the rest of the league are going to watch them fall further and further as “catch-up” happens for the teams that have been underneath for a while.
Arsenal have held 4th place for a while as Manchester City had 3rd and Liverpool had 2nd, recently. What we’ve seen now, is Tottenham shooting up past Arsenal and Manchester City even to claim 3rd place in a surprise that Chelsea couldn’t stop from happening. Man City drop to 4th, Arsenal drop to 5th and Manchester United and Everton are close behind in 6th and 7th still with an eye on claiming one of those 5 European qualification spots. Everyone wants to push up. The whole league is putting huge amounts of pressure on those above them and eventually, that pressure will make the team at the top break and fall. Chelsea couldn’t hold out forever and they’re at their breaking point. PUSH, PREMIER LEAGUE! PUSH!
Everyone who goes up against Chelsea in their coming fixtures will have their chance to do as Tottenham did. You can do this. You can make the difference to whether the team everyone loves to hate (Chelsea) will be Premier League Champions again. They had their titles already – 4 times since 2005. After gaining billionaire owners and spending hundreds of millions of pounds on their squad they were able to win the league in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10 and 2014–15. I know I speak for many fans (not just Liverpool fans) when I say we’ve all had enough of the richest London club buying their way to victory. Not just Liverpool fans want to see Liverpool take the top division title for the first time since 1990. If you want what we want, then it’s way past time that we all go get it! Liverpool will be pushing hard, but your teams can push too. After the push, Chelsea will fall.
I still have hope in my heart. You should too, as you walk on. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.