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Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool – THINGS YOU MISSED

Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool – THINGS YOU MISSED

Olivier Giroud headed home the only goal as Chelsea secured a vital three points against Liverpool. the Frenchman’s strike was enough to put the Blues within two points of the top-four, with Jurgen Klopp’s men looking dangerously over their shoulder in third, as both Chelsea and Tottenham have a game in hand over the Reds.

Here, Sportsmail brings you a round-up of all the things you may have missed from the clash at Stamford Bridge.

Michael Buffer in the house

‘Let’s get ready for football’ was the message for both sets of fans as Michael Buffer opened proceedings on Sunday.

The legendary boxing announcer was at Stamford Bridge to open the clash between the two Champions League-chasing rivals.

After calling David Haye and Tony Bellew to the ring at the O2 Arena on Saturday night, Buffer announced both line-ups at Stamford Bridge.

Rivals pay tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is fighting for his life after undergoing successful emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

Ferguson, 76, was rushed to hospital on Saturday after suffering a fall at home and remains in intensive care.

Since the news broke, tributes have been flooding in from all corners of the footballing world, including at Stamford Bridge, where an image of Fergie himself was displayed on the big screen before kick-off.

Olivier Giroud heads for David Luiz after scoring

After deftly heading home Chelsea’s opener, Olivier Giroud chose to celebrate his strike by running to the dugout to hug David Luiz.

The exact reason why remains unknown for now, but some fans on social media suggested the French striker would now be substituted in the next game because of it, due to Luiz’s flaky relationship with his manager.

When it comes to scoring headers, no player has been more prolific in recent seasons than Olivier Giroud.

His goal on Sunday was the Chelsea January recruit’s 17th headed strike since the start of the 2015/16 season, the most of any player across Europe’s top five leagues.

Cristiano Ronaldo (16 headers) previously shared the title and could well add another headed strike before the season closes, but as things stand, Giroud is the best on the continent.

Chelsea stop the rot

The Blues ended a winless run of three years against Liverpool after finally defeating one of their ‘bogey’ teams.

The last time Chelsea beat Liverpool was back in January 2015, when a Branislav Ivanovic goal took them to the League Cup final. During that period, the Blues went six games without a win, drawing three and losing the other three.

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