By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Chelsea were looking to keep pace with league leaders Manchester United, who won their clash against Aston Villa on Saturday, and they enjoyed the best possible start when captain John Terry, returning from a four game suspension, was left unmarked to direct a header past Liverpool custodian Brad Jones to give the Blues the lead in the 20th minute.
Despite creating several other chances, the Blues were unable to make them count and Liverpool punished them for their profligacy in the 73rd minute when Suarez equalised, heading in Jamie Carragher's flick on from three yards out.
Here, ESPNSTAR.com takes a look at the players who took to the pitch at Stamford Bridge.
Petr Cech - 8
Cech was untroubled for majority of the game but he was reliable whenever he was called upon. The Czech Republic international produced several good stops to deny the Reds during the closing stages of the game and the result could have been very different had Cech not been in goal.
Cesar Azpilicueta - 7
Azpilicueta is making the most of his run in the first team by producing yet another mature display in defence. Di Matteo will undoubtedly be pleased that the 23-year-old has finally managed to settle into the Chelsea backline.
Branislav Ivanovic - 7
The Chelsea centre-back had a decent game for his side and was a calm and composed presence at the back for the Blues. Ivanovic also displayed impeccable reading of the game and cut out the Liverpool attacks numerous times.
John Terry - 7.5
The Chelsea captain marked his return from a four game suspension with a well-taken goal, firing in a powerful header from a Mata corner which left Jones grasping at thin air. He was his usual calm self at the back and organised the defence very well. It was a shame that he had to be taken off midway through the first half after injuring his knee in a clash with Suarez.
Ryan Bertrand - 7
Bertrand was handed a rare start following Ashley Cole's exclusion from the squad and the 23-year-old made sure his teammate's absence would not be felt with a respectable display at left-back. He held his ground against the likes of Sterling admirably and used his pace to great effect in the offensive third of the pitch to trouble Liverpool's defence.
Ramires - 7
The Brazilian was an energetic presence in the middle of the pitch for Chelsea; his industry and tenacious tackling helped shackle Nuri Sahin and Luis Suarez for large parts of the game, although he was slightly culpable for Chelsea's equalising goal when he let the Uruguayan striker run from his blind side to head the ball home.
John Obi Mikel - 4
Mikel was once again highly ineffective for the Blues and did not really seem to manage to really get into the game. He may have been decent defensively but his offensive output is really poor and he ceded possession to Liverpool on numerous occasions to put his side under undue pressure.
Eden Hazard - 7
Hazard always looked dangerous on the break, his pace and trickery keeping Andre Wisdom on his toes. He went close to scoring on a few occasions and the Belgian playmaker did well to create several decent opportunities for his team-mates.
Oscar (77' off) - 7
Oscar stretched the Liverpool defence with his fantastic range of passing and he looks to have slotted in comfortably into Chelsea's midfield despite joining the club only in the Summer. The young Brazilian was creative and showed a willingness to take players on, which was very pleasing to the eye.
Juan Mata - 8
Mata was once again the catalyst for Chelsea in attack and provided some much needed incision for Chelsea in the final third with several defence splitting passes. He provided the assist for Terry's goal with an accurate corner, although he will be kicking himself for lacking the composure to finish off a good chance when he blasted the ball over the bar after having got himself into a good goalscoring position.
Fernando Torres (82' off) - 3
It was yet another poor display by Torres, who barely threatened his former club and hardly came close to scoring.
The Spain international is suffering from a severe confidence crisis and it is no surprise to hear of rumours about Di Matteo looking to buy a striker during the January transfer window.
Victor Moses (77' on) - (N/A)
Daniel Sturridge (82' on) - (N/A)
Brad Jones - 7.5
Once again, Rodgers decision to choose Jones ahead of the more established Reina raised more than a few eyebrows amongst the Liverpool faithful but the 30-year-old repaid his manager's faith with a solid display in goal and made a few good saves to deny Chelsea from running away with the game.
Glen Johnson - 6
The Liverpool wing back is often ridiculed for being poor defensively and he did nothing in this game to dispel that notion. Johnson was often too easily beaten by Hazard and Mata, although he looked threatening when going forward.
Jose Enrique - 8.5
Enrique was possibly the best player on the pitch for the Reds and the fact that he was named Man-of-the-Match spoke volumes about how well he played. The former Newcastle player was physical in the challenge and used his imposing presence to effectively nullify the threat of Hazard. Enrique also looked threatening going forward and he almost got an assist to his name after setting Suarez free with a delightful through ball.
Daniel Agger - 7
The Danish international was reliable when called upon and demonstrated excellent reading of the game to cut out several dangerous looking crosses. His also managed to make several well-timed tackles to halt the Blues' attacks and he will be well pleased with his performance at the back.
Jamie Carragher - 7.5
Carragher has become somewhat of a peripheral figure at Liverpool but he showed that he still had much to offer with a fantastic display in defence for the Reds. While there were fears the 34-year-old, in only because of a virus to Skrtel, would not be able to cope with the pace of Chelsea's forwards, he more than made up for his lack of pace with his impeccable reading of the game and even got an assist to his name after he flicked on a Suso corner for Suarez to head home.
Andre Wisdom - 5.5
Wisdom looked out of his depth against a dangerous Chelsea side and was constantly caught out of position. Mata got the better of him for majority of the game and it is clear that Wisdom still has a long way to go before he can be considered as a regular starter for the Reds.
Joe Allen - 6
Allen, whose form seems to have taken a dip in recent times, had a poor game for the Reds in the middle of the pitch and got caught in possession one too many times. His passing, while crisp and accurate, tends to be overly conservative and lacks the necessary incision to trouble opposition defences.
Steven Gerrard - 7.5
The Liverpool captain led by example and was one of the better players on the pitch for the Reds. He was a strong presence in the middle for Liverpool and his passing, while simple, was very effective as he kept his side's play moving fluently.
Nuri Sahin (59' off) - 5
Sahin was once again ineffectual in midfield and the Turkish international seems to have failed to properly settle into the Liverpool midfield. The 24-year-old He was deservedly taken off early in the second half and the Reds seemed to look a much more stable outfit in attack without him in the side.
Luis Suarez - 8
Once again, Suarez was on hand to rescue Liverpool by scoring the equaliser after he managed to latch onto Carragher's flick on to head home at the far post. The tricky Uruguayan gave the Chelsea defence a tough time but he will have been disappointed that he was unable to win his side all three points after he failed to beat Cech late in the game when one-on-one with the Chelsea custodian.
Raheem Sterling - 7.5
Sterling produced yet another exciting performance for the Reds in front of England manager Roy Hodgson, who will surely be tempted to start the young starlet for the Three Lions' upcoming friendly match against Sweden. The 17-year-old utilised his pace and trickery to launch several counter-attacks but it was his defensive work ethic which really impressed as he often dropped back to help his defence out.
Suso (59' on) - 6
Suso was presumably dropped because of a dip in form and the young Spanish starlet continued to exasperate with a below average performance for the Reds. His decision making in particular was especially poor and he lost possession too easily.