Daniel Sturridge scored a stunning late goal to earn Liverpool a point in a fiercely contested tie at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Eden Hazard looked to have been the matchwinner once again after firing low across Alisson when sent clear by Mateo Kovacic in the first-half.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino had efforts cleared off the line either side of half-time, before Sturridge’s late strike preserved their unbeaten start to the season.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic (Barkley 80), Kante, Jorginho, Willian (Moses 73), Giroud (Morata 65), Hazard
Subs not used: Fabregas, Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill
Goalscorers: Hazard 25
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson (Keita 78), Wijnaldum, Milner (Sturridge 86), Salah (Shaqiri 66), Firmino, Mane
Subs not used: Fabinho, Moreno, Mignolet, Matip
Goalscorers: Sturridge 89
Booked: Mane, Milner
Referee: Andre Marriner.
the value of having an old-fashioned goalscorer in the ranks
It’s in the trade of players that Liverpool have had by far the best of it between the clubs.
Fernando Torres was the sixth best striker in Premier League history on the day he walked out on Liverpool for Chelsea. The rest of that particular story is history. Mohamed Salah was the one Jose Mourinho lacked the vision to keep, setting in train a chain of events which saw him appear on the red half of the match scarves on sale Saturday.
But if the visiting fans hoped that Salah would rub west London’s nose in it – pay-back for the songs about Steven Gerrard on his backside which took a minute and six seconds to strike up – it was not to be.
Salah was busy enough, receiving and running through the right channel which was Liverpool’s first half line of attack. But he was a pale shadow of the individual surpassed by Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo in last week’s FIFA’s awards for the world’s best player.
Twice chances came for him and twice they went. Salah had time to stand and stare and pick his spot after Sadio Mane’s shot span into his path just four minutes into the contest. He finished weakly, with the air of an individual who has put down his belief somewhere but just can’t recall where.
The Egyptian had spun around Marcos Alonso and David Luiz when he sized up the next chance, five minutes later, and screwed a shot high and wide. Klopp tried to mask his agony with applause though he was suffering. By the half hour mark he gave up pretence and gesturing his displeasure to Salah about a pass misplaced.