A stunning strike from Daniel Sturridge snatched a 1-1 draw for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp's side looked to be heading for a second defeat to the Blues this week after Eden Hazard struck a brilliant opener, but Sturridge's emphatic effort from distance in the 89th minute rescued a point.
The draw, which comes just three days after Chelsea claimed a 2-1 EFL Cup win at Anfield, means Liverpool's 100 percent winning record in the Premier League this season ends and they are level on points with leaders Manchester City, behind only on goal difference.
Chelsea sit two points further back after a thrilling encounter, but, like Liverpool, remain unbeaten.
Mohamed Salah wasted two early half-chances before Willian was thwarted by Alisson, but Liverpool fell behind for the first time in the league this season 25 minutes in through a stunning Hazard goal.
The Belgium star combined with Olivier Giroud and Mateo Kovacic in the centre-circle, raced onto the midfielder's pass and rifled the ball across Alisson and into the bottom-right corner.
Salah looked to have levelled 32 minutes in after escaping Marcos Alonso and rounding Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the covering Antonio Rudiger stretched to clear the ball off the line.
Kepa denied Sadio Mane with a strong reflex stop in the second half, but Chelsea looked a threat on the break and Alisson denied Hazard one-on-one after a quick free-kick.
The disappointing Salah was replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri as Liverpool chased their equaliser, and the Switzerland international promptly side-footed wide with the goal gaping after Andy Robertson had capitalised on Alonso's slip.
Roberto Firmino saw a header hooked off the line by David Luiz as the visitors kept Chelsea pinned back, before Sturridge rescued a result with a curling strike from nearly 30 yards out that left Kepa with no chance.
As it happened...
There’s a lot of goodwill on the pitch, with both teams instinctively recognising that they took part in a cracking match against a worthy adversary. It’s exemplified by Gianfranco Zola smiling broadly as he congratultes Daniel Sturridge. When the dust settles, both teams will be pretty happy I think.
Full time: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Peep peep! A marvellous match ends with a result that is fair to both sides. Eden Hazard finished a lovely move in the first half; Daniel Sturridge reminded us of his sublime talent with a breathtaking late equaliser. It was a pleasure to watch - a fast, high-class game of football.
90+5 min And they might have won it! Hazard’s outswinging corner was headed over at the near post by Alonso. That looked a great chance. It was also the last touch of the match.
90+4 min Chelsea win a corner in the last minute of added time...
90+2 min The sheer nonchalance of that Sturridge goal was ridiculous. It was as if swishing it in the far top corner - and it wasright in the corner - was the most logical, straightforward thing in the world.
90+1 min Gomez is robbed in his own area by Morata, who turns the ball back to Moses. His shot is blocked crucially by Van Dijk.
90 min There will be four minutes of added time. Alonso’s cross is kicked behind for a corner by Van Dijk.
There was nothing on whatsoever when Sturridge received the ball 25 yards from goal, a long way to the left of centre. He took a touch, looked up and hit a nonchalant curling shot that flew over Kepa and right into the far top corner. That’s an outrageous goal!
GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (Sturridge 89)
Oh my goodness, what a goal!
88 min Liverpool’s last league defeat was, of course, on this ground in May. That finished 1-0.
87 min “Evening Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “When you mentioned very good teams finishing in only the minor places, for a moment there I thought you were talking about the Scottish Championship (weeps real tears into half pint whisky tumbler).”
86 min Liverpool’s last change. Daniel Sturridge comes on for James Milner.
85 min Firmino finds Keita, who blasts well wide from 25 yards.
84 min Shaqiri’s free-kick is straight at Kepa, who crouches to make a comfortable claim.
83 min David Luiz knocks Mane to the ground 25 yards from goal. He has had a great game but that was a poorly judged tackle. The free-kick is to the right of centre, which favours Shaqiri...
82 min Wijnaldum plays a blind backpass that is almost intercepted by Morata. Alisson has to come out of his area and boot it out for a throw-in.
80 min Chelsea make their final change, with Ross Barkley coming on for the classy Mateo Kovacic.
78 min Another Liverpool substitution: Naby Keita replaces Jordan Henderson.
78 min Hazard’s free-kick is headed wide by Morata, who was offside anyway.
76 min Milner is booked for a foul on Moses, who came on a moment ago for Willian.
75 min If it stays like this, Chelsea will join Manchester City in 19 points from seven games, with Liverpool one behind. A very good team is going to finish third this season. A bloody brilliant one will finish second.
74 min This has been such an enjoyable game. I’m not sure either team really deserves to lose.
72 min: David Luiz clears off the line! Alexander-Arnold’s cross bounced all the way through to Milner on the left side of the box. He eschewed the shot and dinked a lovely ball up to Firmino on the six-yard line. His downward header would have gone in but for the positioning and awareness of David Luiz, who kicked it clear from under his own crossbar.
70 min: What a miss from Shaqiri! Oh my. Robertson surged down the left and curled a brilliant low cross towards the penalty spot, where Shaqiri got away from the last man David Luiz only to hit a meek right-footed shot well wide of the far post.
69 min Hazard twists thrillingly away from three players on the left of the box only to slip when about to shoot. Moments later, Kovacic’s placed curler is palmed away by the diving Alisson. That was a comfortable save.
66 min A Liverpool substitution: Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Mo Salah, who looks well short of his best at the moment.
65 min Alvaro Morata replaces Olivier Giroud for Chelsea.
64 min: Fine save from Alisson! Salah was penalised for a foul on David Luiz and Kante took a quick free-kick to put Hazard straight through on goal. Alisson flew to the edge of the area to block Hazard’s shot, with the ball spinning up and onto the roof of the net. That was another superb save.
62 min Liverpool have had 66 per cent of the possession in the second half, a reflection of the slightly dangerous game Chelsea are now playing. They’re defending very deep.
60 min Chelsea break from a Liveprool corner, and for a moment it seems Kante’s pass has put Willian through on goal. Van Dijk breezes through the gears to get back and concede the corner.
58 min: Excellent save from Arrizabalaga! Firmino fought to win a loose ball on the left of the area and pushed it back to Mane. He did well to manufacture just enough space for a sharp low shot that was going in at the near post until Arrizabalaga changed direction and plunged to his right to push it behind. That’s a great stop.
58 min This is a better spell for Liverpool, who have started to dominate possession again.
54 min Liverpool’s poor start to the second half is exemplified by Wijnaldum’s pass towards Salah. Throw-in to Chelsea.
51 min Chelsea have been good at exploiting the space left by Liverpool’s full-backs when they go forward. I thought that might happen the other way round.
48 min Hazard’s low cross is only half cleared by Milner. Kovacic collects in the D, strides into the area and hits a shot that is crucially blocked by Van Dijk. Chelsea have made a flying start to the second half.
46 min Gomez makes a fine interception to stop Giroud’s pass releasing Hazard in the area.
46 min Peep peep! Liverpool get the second half under way.
Half time: Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
A fine team goal, scored by Eden Hazard, has given Chelsea a slightly flattering half-time lead. Both sides have been several shades of excellent in a really enjoyable game. See you soon for the second half.
44 min Alexander-Arnold’s bouncing cross finds its way through to Mane, who controls it up in the air and hooks an acrobatic volley over the bar. He had Milner in all kinds of space to his left, though I don’t think he saw him.
44 min Van Dijk goes down holding his face after a challenge with Giroud. It was a stray arm but nothing deliberate.
40 min A chance for Liverpool. Salah plays a one-two with Wijnaldum but then overhits a fairly simple pass to Firmino, in loads of space on the left of the box.
39 min Mane is rightly booked for a foul on Hazard, which stopped a Chelsea counter-attack.
36 min Liverpool have responded strongly to going behind. It’s been a very good first-half performance from them, so I doubt they’ll be too worried just yet. It’s a cracking game - intriguing in a genuine rather than euphemistic sense.
32 min: Rudiger clears off the line from Salah! This is turning into a great match. Salah showed great strength to wriggle away from Alonso on the edge of the area. He went round Arrizabalaga and dragged the ball towards the near post, only for Rudiger to get back and boot it off the line.
31 min Hazard fouls Milner down the Liverpool right. Milner’s free-kick is headed over his own bar by Azpilicueta. Chelsea are given a goalkick, and Jurgen Klopp gives the fourth official a mouthful.
28 min The goal is a bit harsh on Liveprool, though Chelsea were starting to look more dangerous on the break.
It’s a really good goal. After some lovely one-touch passing in a phonebox-sized space around the halfway line, Kovacic opened things up with a lovely ball to put Hazard through in an inside-left position. He moved into the area and cut an excellent left-footed shot back across Alisson and into the net. Alisson, whose weight was on the other side, changed direction and got a finger on the ball but he couldn’t keep it out.
GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (Hazard 25)
Eden Hazard does it to Liverpool again!
22 min: Good save from Alisson! David Luiz drives a fantastic pass over the defence to put Willian clear. He takes it down nicely on the run, but by the time he’s in a position to shoot Alisson is almost on top of him and makes an excellent save. He flew from his line, almost to the edge of the area, and spread himself to block the shot with his chest.
20 min This is a bit ominous for Chelsea, who have been outplayed in the first 20 minutes.
18 min Milner cracks a good pass into Salah, who helps it on to Firmino on the right of the area. His shot is blocked by David Luiz and Alonso puts the rebound behind for a corner
16 min Virgil van Dijk is a sensational footballer.
15 min More good play from Liverpool. Van Dijk nicks the ball off Giroud and finds Firmino, who moves it square to Mane. He splatters a shot well wide from 20 yards.
13 min A year ago tomorrow, Manchester City made a statement of title-winning intent with a dominant 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool would love to do the same, and they’ve started excellently.
11 min Liverpool are playing like the home team and there’s another half chance for Salah. Alexander-Arnold fizzed a sharp pass infield from the right to find him. He held off Jorginho and moved away from Rudiger before curling high and wide from the edge of the area.
8 min After a fine move from Chelsea, Giroud tries to put Hazard through on goal with a delicate flick. It ricochets off a couple of bodies before Gomez stretches to clear.
7 min It’s been a confident start from Liverpool, who are having a lot of possession.
5 min A high press from Liverpool brings a half chance for Mo Salah. He picked up a loose ball, moved to the edge of the area and, with defenders converging, hit a tame curler straight at Kepa.
3 min It’s been a very fast start, with both sides zipping first-time passes around the field. I can’t see either team taking a backward step.
1 min Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeep peeeeeeeeeeeeep! Chelsea, in blue, get the match under way in a cracking atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool are in red.
The players are in the tunnel. Eden Hazard and Mo Salah are having a nice friendly chat. Most of the other players are wearing their gameface. It’s on!
Maurizio Sarri “Unfortunately this will be a different match with different players [to the Carabao Cup match], and it will be very difficult for us. It’s difficult for anyone to defend against Firmino, Mane and Salah, but it will be difficult for Liverpool to defend against Willian, Hazard and Giroud.”
Jurgen Klopp “If Eden Hazard is in a similar situation today, hopefully we can do better. Virgil van Dijk is fine – a friend of his watched the press conference yesterday and told him, ‘You are a doubt’. He sent our press officer a message and said, ‘No no no, I am fine!’”
Today’s Premier League scores
- West Ham 3-1 Man Utd
- Arsenal 2-0 Watford
- Everton 3-0 Fulham
- Huddersfield 0-2 Spurs
- Man City 2-0 Brighton
- Newcastle 0-2 Leicester
- Wolves 2-0 Southampton
Very good news for Liverpool - Virgil van Dijk is fit and starts. There are no surprises in either side.
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.
Substitutes: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Moses, Fabregas, Barkley, Morata.
Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Substitutes: Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Shaqiri, Matip.
Referee Andre Marriner.