Jermaine Jenas blasted Mohamed Salah for his display against Chelsea

  • Jermaine Jenas blasted Mohamed Salah for his display against Chelsea

Jermaine Jenas blasted Mohamed Salah for his display against Chelsea

After 11 goals in seven games during a stunning stretch of form, Salah has now gone three matches without a goal over the past week.

In a sunny afternoon in West London, Liverpool and Chelsea met at Stamford Bridge in a battle to secure Champions League qualification through the top four. While Chelsea and Tottenham have the luxury of resting their players mid-week, Liverpool find themselves playing twice a week with a squad that is already missing Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain through injury. "I don't know if this will be enough but we have to try", said Conte. "Before the game they are very friendly, all 'Hello Mo, how are you?', and hugs here and there".

The Egyptian endured his third game without a goal thanks to an outstanding performance from Chelsea's Antonio Rüdiger. That's not a holiday trip - I certainly don't think it is a holiday trip. I was not sure.

He added, "But obviously it happened". That is not right as well.

Klopp sent on Dominic Solanke to provide more of a physical presence up front and the Liverpool youngster had the visitors' two best efforts in the closing stages, firstly heading just over from 12 yards and then nodding wide in stoppage time. There was no space for nothing. That is it, all good'.

Defeat puts pressure on Liverpool as they look for a final-day win at home to Brighton to confirm a top-four place.

The period of sustained dominance went by without reward, though, and Liverpool were punished when former loanee Victor Moses set up Olivier Giroud to give Chelsea the lead. Tottenham also have two games to play.

Asked if he had given up hope of qualifying for the Champions League during Chelsea's prolonged slump in form from January to April, Conte replied: "One month ago it was impossible to imagine we'd arrive at the end to fight for a place in the Champions League".