This game was goalless when Maurizio Sarri introduced Eden Hazard just before the hour. Before the Belgian had even touched the ball Chelsea were a goal down to a Daniel Sturridge scissor kick.
For a while it seemed as though Chelsea would go out. Liverpool were the better side for long periods of the second half. But after Chelsea full back Ederson equalised with 11 minutes to go, Hazard stepped up to score a goal of breathtaking quality that sent his team in to the fourth round.
MATCH STATS AND FACTS
LIVERPOOL (4-3-2-1): Mignolet 6; Clyne 6, Matip 6, Lovren 6, Moreno 5.5; Fabinho 5.5 (Salah 87), Milner 7.5 (Henderson 59min, 6), Keita 8; Mane 7 (Firmino 70, 6), Sturridge 6.5; Shaqiri 6.5.
Subs not used: Grabara, Gomez, Solanke, Jones.
Scorer: Sturridge 58.
Booked: Matip, Milner, Fabinho.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp 7.
CHELSEA (4-1-4-1): Caballero 7.5; Azpilicueta 6, Cahill 6, Christensen 6 (Luiz 73, 6), Emerson 6; Fabregas 7; Moses 6, Barkley 6.5, Kovacic 6.5 (Kante 63, 6), Willian 7 (Hazard 56, 7.5); Morata 5.5.
Subs not used: Bulka, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Zappacosta.
Scorers: Emerson 79, Hazard 85
Booked: Kovacic, Morata. Manager: Maurizio Sarri 7.
Referee: Kevin Friend 7.
Sturridge’s goal was memorable but the winner was something else. Playing a one-two on the far touchline — the first pass being a nutmeg through the legs of Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino — Hazard received the return pass to turn, beat both Naby Keita and Alberto Moreno twice and drive a raking shot across Simon Mignolet and into the far corner with his right foot.
It all happened so fast that many Chelsea fans in the ground will not have appreciated its quality until they saw it again on their phones. It was a goal worthy of a more important game than this but will serve as a marker before these teams meet in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Both managers fielded potent, if not full-strength, sides but only Chelsea looked anything like the real thing in the opening period. With a little more edge in front of goal, they would have been ahead early in the game.