Salah strikes but ten-man Chelsea hold Liverpool

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ChelseaChelsea were furious when defender Reece James was shown a straight red card

Chelsea frustrated Liverpool in a fast and furious Anfield encounter to claim a hard-earned point despite being reduced to 10 men after Reece James' first-half sending-off.

In the battle between two Premier League superpowers who are fully expected to contest the title this season, Liverpool pressed frantically throughout, but the Champions League holders were superbly organised and will ultimately be satisfied with the draw.

Liverpool started at a super-charged pace but Chelsea were composed and took the lead when Kai Havertz sent an angled glancing header beyond the reach of keeper Alisson from James' corner in front of the Kop in the 29th minute.

Mason Mount wasted a glorious opportunity to double Chelsea's advantage before the game exploded in controversy in the closing moments of the first half.

Liverpool were awarded a penalty following a goalmouth scramble in which Joel Matip hit the bar and James swept Sadio Mane's shot off the line with his hand. Referee Anthony Taylor awarded the spot-kick after consulting VAR, adding insult to Chelsea's injury by showing the defender the red card.

Mohamed Salah drilled home the penalty to set up a second-half Liverpool siege but Chelsea were more than up to the challenge.

The Blues, who lost N'Golo Kante to injury, brought on Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic and held the hosts at bay with a superbly drilled defensive display, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy playing his part by saving well from Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, with Diogo Jota also coming close with a headed chance.

Mixed emotions for Chelsea

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will have been delighted with the way his team adapted to the blow of conceding a penalty and suffering a numerical disadvantage in those crucial seconds before the break - but he may still be left wondering what might have been.

For all Liverpool's pressing and the incredibly animated urgings of manager Jurgen Klopp, who even acted as a Anfield's cheerleader on occasions, Chelsea were comfortable in that opening period, apart from one golden opportunity that Jordan Henderson skewed wide on the volley.

Chelsea's shape and discipline limited Liverpool's chances and protected keeper Mendy while the threat at the other end brought Havertz's goal and that squandered opening from Mount.

So it will be a source of huge frustration to Tuchel that the course of the game changed in the incident that Chelsea contested so vehemently and which brought a red card for James and yellows for Mendy and Antonio Rudiger.

Tuchel will have sensed his second successive Anfield win until then, but he managed the situation in a proactive manner at half-time, compensating for the loss of James and the crucial Kante - the latter badly missed after taking a knock - to send on Silva and Kovacic.

The veteran Brazil defender cruised and commanded his way through the second half, a calming presence in front of the Kop's wall of sound.

Tuchel's Chelsea have maintained their unbeaten record, but he may have been thinking about more until that dramatic conclusion to the first half.

More to follow.

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

with an average of 8.53

Liverpool

  1. Squad number67Player nameElliott

  2. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

  3. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

  4. Squad number1Player nameAlisson

  5. Squad number32Player nameMatip

  6. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

  7. Squad number3Player nameFabinho

  8. Squad number10Player nameMané

  9. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota

  10. Squad number14Player nameHenderson

  11. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino

  12. Squad number21Player nameTsimikas

  13. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara

  14. Squad number26Player nameRobertson

Chelsea

  1. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  2. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  3. Squad number4Player nameChristensen

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  6. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  7. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  8. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  9. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

  10. Squad number19Player nameMount

  11. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  12. Squad number9Player nameLukaku

  13. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  14. Squad number24Player nameJames

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 86'minutes
  • 67Elliott
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 74'minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forJotaat 43'minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 8Keïta
  • 12Gomez
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Minamino
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 62Kelleher

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16MendyBooked at 45mins
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 45mins
  • 24JamesBooked at 45mins
  • 7KantéSubstituted forKovacicat 45'minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forChalobahat 87'minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 45'minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 9Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 8Kovacic
  • 11Werner
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 14Chalobah
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

  3. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andreas Christensen.

  4. Foul by Diogo Jota (Liverpool).

  5. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Édouard Mendy.

  7. Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

  8. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Trevoh Chalobah.

  9. Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas with a cross.

  10. Substitution, Chelsea. Trevoh Chalobah replaces Jorginho.

  11. Substitution, Liverpool. Konstantinos Tsimikas replaces Andrew Robertson.

  12. Attempt saved. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

  13. Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Attempt saved. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  15. Attempt blocked. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thiago with a headed pass.

  16. Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

  17. Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

  19. Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution, Liverpool. Thiago replaces Jordan Henderson.

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