Chelsea held off Liverpool in a frantic Anfield match, earning a hard-earned point despite being reduced to ten men following Reece James’ first-half dismissal. Liverpool pressed frantically throughout the match, but the Champions League holders were superbly organized and will be content with a draw.
In the 29th minute, Kai Havertz delivered an angled glancing header beyond the reach of keeper Alisson from James’ corner in front of the Kop, giving Chelsea the lead.
Before the game erupted in controversy in the waning stages of the first half, Mason Mount squandered a golden opportunity to double Chelsea’s lead.
After a goalmouth scramble in which Joel Matip struck the crossbar and James scooped Sadio Mane’s shot off the line with his hand, Liverpool were awarded a penalty. After checking VAR, referee Anthony Taylor granted the penalty kick, adding insult to Chelsea’s injury by handing the defender the red card. Liverpool set up a second-half siege after Mohamed Salah blasted home a penalty, but Chelsea were more than up to the task.
The Blues, who were without N’Golo Kante due to injury, substituted Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic and held the hosts at bay with a beautifully drilled defensive showing, with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy stopping well from Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, and Diogo Jota coming close with a headed chance.
Source: BBC Sport