Liverpool vs Chelsea: Liverpool couldn’t hold their lead once again as Chelsea scored a late second half goal to draw at Anfield.
Liverpool had the possession for most of the first half, but it was Chelsea who created better chances.
Danny Drinkwater, perhaps felt he should have scored as he was one on one with the goalkeeper. The midfielder miscued it at the end for Chelsea’s one of two shot on targets in first half.
Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah were two players who looked liveliest in the first half, particularly the Belgian who made some impressive forward runs.
Liverpool, meanwhile, didn’t test Thibaut Courtois in the first half, with Simon Mignolet the busier of the two goalkeepers.
In the second half, Liverpool started with the same intensity as the first, looking to control the game and push forward. But, as the half went on, Chelsea were more composed and looked more incisive in their passes.
However, it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock through none other than Salah.
The Egyptian, once a Blue, slot past Courtois in the bottom corner after Bakayoko’s mistouch helped him beat his marker. Salah didn’t express his joy through celebration out of respect for his former club, but deep inside, he probably felt a hint of vengeance.
Normally, the Reds aren’t comfortable with slender leads due to their poor defensive organization .
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looked to capitalize on that with the introduction of Willian and Pedro.
The former gave Conte a breakthrough by a stroke of fate as his hopeful cross turned to an audacious chip bringing Blues back to the game.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet should have done better to protect his goal. Maybe he didn’t expect it to float over his head like the rest of us.
Both the sides shared a point each at the end, which won’t be good enough for either sides for their title charge this season.
Liverpool: Mignolet (6), Moreno (7), Klavan (6.5), Matip (7), Gomez (7), Coutinho (6.5), Henderson (6), Milner (6.5), Ox (7.5), Sturridge (6), Salah (8)
Substitutes: Lallana (6), Wijnaldum (6), Mane (6)
Chelsea: Courtois (6.5), Azpilicueta (7.5), Christensen (7), Cahill (6.5), Zappacosta (7), Drinkwater (6.5), Kante (7.5), Bakayoko (6), Alonso (6.5), Hazard (8.5), Morata (6.5)
Substitutes: Pedro (6), Fabregas (6.5), Willian (7)
Man of the match:
Mohamed Salah will steal the headlines for scoring a goal against his old club. However, it was Eden Hazard who looked a class apart, particularly in the first half.