Chelsea had been livid when defender Reece James was proven a straight purple card
Chelsea pissed off Liverpool in a quick and livid Anfield encounter to say a hard-earned level regardless of being lowered to 10 males after Reece James’ first-half sending-off.
Within the battle between two Premier League superpowers who’re totally anticipated to contest the title this season, Liverpool pressed frantically all through, however the Champions League holders had been fantastically organised and can in the end be happy with the draw.
Liverpool began at a super-charged tempo however Chelsea had been composed and took the lead when Kai Havertz despatched an angled glancing header past the attain of keeper Alisson from James’ nook in entrance of the Kop within the twenty ninth minute.
Mason Mount wasted a wonderful alternative to double Chelsea’s benefit earlier than the sport exploded in controversy within the closing moments of the primary half.
Liverpool had been awarded a penalty following a goalmouth scramble during which Joel Matip hit the bar and James swept Sadio Mane’s shot off the road along with his hand. Referee Anthony Taylor awarded the spot-kick after consulting VAR, including insult to Chelsea’s harm by exhibiting the defender the purple card.
Mohamed Salah drilled dwelling the penalty to arrange a second-half Liverpool siege however Chelsea had been greater than as much as the problem.
The Blues, who misplaced N’Golo Kante to harm, introduced on Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic and held the hosts at bay with a perfectly drilled defensive show, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy enjoying his half by saving properly from Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, with Diogo Jota additionally coming shut with a headed probability.
Blended feelings for Chelsea
Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel could have been delighted with the best way his staff tailored to the blow of conceding a penalty and struggling a numerical drawback in these essential seconds earlier than the break – however he should be left questioning what might need been.
For all Liverpool’s urgent and the extremely animated urgings of supervisor Jurgen Klopp, who even acted as a Anfield’s cheerleader on events, Chelsea had been comfy in that opening interval, other than one golden alternative that Jordan Henderson skewed vast on the volley.
Chelsea’s form and self-discipline restricted Liverpool’s possibilities and guarded keeper Mendy whereas the risk on the different finish introduced Havertz’s purpose and that squandered opening from Mount.
So will probably be a supply of giant frustration to Tuchel that the course of the sport modified within the incident that Chelsea contested so vehemently and which introduced a purple card for James and yellows for Mendy and Antonio Rudiger.
Tuchel could have sensed his second successive Anfield win till then, however he managed the scenario in a proactive method at half-time, compensating for the lack of James and the essential Kante – the latter badly missed after taking a knock – to ship on Silva and Kovacic.
The veteran Brazil defender cruised and commanded his approach by the second half, a chilled presence in entrance of the Kop’s wall of sound.
Tuchel’s Chelsea have maintained their unbeaten report, however he could have been fascinated about extra till that dramatic conclusion to the primary half.
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Participant of the match
Squad quantity29Participant identifyHavertz
Squad quantity16Participant identifyMendy
Squad quantity4Participant identifyChristensen
Squad quantity2Participant identifyRüdiger
Squad quantity8Participant identifyKovacic
Squad quantity28Participant identifyAzpilicueta
Squad quantity6Participant identifyThiago Silva
Squad quantity7Participant identifyKanté
Squad quantity3Participant identifyAlonso
Squad quantity19Participant identifyMount
Squad quantity5Participant identifyJorginho
Squad quantity9Participant identifyLukaku
Squad quantity14Participant identifyChalobah
Squad quantity24Participant identifyJames
1Alisson66Alexander-Arnold32Matip4van Dijk26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 86′minutes67Elliott14HendersonSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 74′minutes3Fabinho11Salah9FirminoSubstituted forJotaat 43′minutes10Mané
16MendyBooked at 45mins28Azpilicueta4Christensen2RüdigerBooked at 45mins24JamesBooked at 45mins7KantéSubstituted forKovacicat 45′minutes5JorginhoSubstituted forChalobahat 87′minutes3Alonso29HavertzSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 45′minutes19Mount9Lukaku
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Match ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.
Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Andreas Christensen.
Foul by Diogo Jota (Liverpool).
Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Édouard Mendy.
Try saved. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) header from the centre of the field is saved within the high centre of the purpose. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.
Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Trevoh Chalobah.
Try blocked. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left aspect of the six yard field is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas with a cross.
Substitution, Chelsea. Trevoh Chalobah replaces Jorginho.
Substitution, Liverpool. Konstantinos Tsimikas replaces Andrew Robertson.
Try saved. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) proper footed shot from the suitable aspect of the field is saved within the high centre of the purpose. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Try saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the centre of the purpose.
Try saved. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.
Try blocked. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Thiago with a headed cross.
Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).
Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).
Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Liverpool. Thiago replaces Jordan Henderson.
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