Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Premier League (1), Stamford Bridge
August 13, 2023
Diaz 18′ (assist – Salah)
Two teams who underwent considerable change over the summer, Chelsea and Liverpool kicked off with the visitors the slicker side, their two new signings settling well.
As the Reds looked to put chances away with swift interchanges, though, they were often undone by a sloppy last pass, while Cody Gakpo spurned a great chance to shoot on the break.
There was no wastage from Luis Diaz as he got on the end of a stunning move involving half the team, with Alexis Mac Allister‘s pass releasing Mo Salah for another assist as the Colombian slid it home.
Liverpool’s clinical edge in an end-to-end game continued as Salah blasted in from close range after Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s pass, only to be ruled out for offside.
But there was a fightback from the hosts, with debutant Axel Disasi sweeping in scruffily after Liverpool failed to deal with a set-piece.
HT: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
There were no changes at the break, despite a late fitness concern for Diogo Jota with Liverpool back in the ascendency.
A Dominik Szoboszlai corner struck Nicolas Jackson on the hand in the penalty area, but despite a clear infringement both referee Anthony Taylor and his VAR waved it away.
Salah was furious as he was brought off midway through the second half, but in truth, it was a toothless half from both sides who – after a huge chance late on for Nunez – were left to settle for a point.
TIA Man of the Match: Alexis Mac Allister
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Chelsea: Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Colwill; James (Gusto 76′), Enzo, Gallagher, Chilwell (Ugochukwu 90′); Chukwuemeka (Maatsen 81′); Sterling (Mudryk 81′), Jackson
Subs not used: Bergstrom, Cucurella, Santos, Madueke, Burstow
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Gakpo (Jones 66′), Szoboszlai; Salah (Doak 77′), Diaz (Elliott 77′), Jota (Nunez 66′)
Subs not used: Kelleher, Gomez, Matip, Tsimikas, McConnell