Chelsea needed a win against Liverpool to boost our top four chances, but the Blues lost 2-0 away to Liverpool at Anfield.
Second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the win and it was a deserved win for the Reds who were the better side for the bulk of the game.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri chose to see the positive from the game as he revealed that he was happy with his side for staying in the game.
“But I am happy with our performance,” the Chelsea boss said, “because we stayed in the match very well. Probably a few months ago we would not have been able to stay in this kind of match, so we are improving.
“It is difficult in England to close the gap because the level here is very high. To close the gap on Liverpool and Man City especially will be very difficult but now we are really very close to the other teams.”
Chelsea star Eden Hazard missed two good opportunities that could easily have turned the scoreline around and given Chelsea a 2-2 draw within minutes, but one hit the woodwork and another was saved by Alisson after the Belgian miskicked the ball.
Former Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah scored a contender for the goal of the season to seal the win for Liverpool, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was in disbelief at the goal.
Klopp said: “It was a brilliant goal – world-class. A really, really, good goal from our side. It was a brilliant goal in all departments. It blew me away.
“Today was very, very important because Chelsea are so strong. What we did to win that game was amazing. We have closed the slipping book.
“‘I’m so proud of the team, it was a fantastic performance. What a team, what a stadium, what an atmosphere.
“I’m so thankful I can be a part of this, it’s great. It’s just outstanding, very overwhelming at times.”