A point each was a fair result for both Liverpool and Chelsea after playing out an enthralling 1-1 draw at Anfield on Tuesday.
- Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
- David Luiz smashes in free kick
- Wijnaldum heads in the equaliser
- Mignolet saves Costa penalty
The Reds started the game with plenty of intent but were unable to create much from their possession, before David Luiz caught Simon Mignolet napping with a cheeky but very well-struck free kick.
The early moments of the second half saw Roberto Firmino fire disastrously wide when given the chance to equalise, and Victor Moses hit the post for Chelsea, until Georgino Wijnaldum met James Milner’s cross with a thumping, close-range header to pull the Reds level.
Diego Costa could have put Chelsea back ahead in the 76th minute after he went down under a challenge from Joel Matip to earn a penalty, but Simon Mignolet was able to deny him to ensure a point each.
SIX penalty saves for Mignolet as a Red!
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 31, 2017
The Reds were determined to make a confident start to the match, and they did just that in the opening 15 minutes by dominating possession. But for all that they saw of the ball, the only time Thibaut Courtois was called into action was in the 21st minute when Georginio Wijnaldum stun his palms.
Having kept a clean sheet for the opening 20 minutes at Anfield the Blues started edging their way into the game. Eden Hazard and Willian were getting more into the game, and the 21st minute saw Victor Moses get a sniff at goal down the right flank, but his shot was deflected wide.
Then in the 24th minute Hazard was chopped down by Adam Lallana just as he was building up momentum. Willian was standing over the free kick, and probably even he thought he would take it until David Luiz smashed it into the top corner, catching Simon Mignolet out.
Luiz almost had his second of the night soon afterwards in the 28th minute when Willian floated a free kick towards the Liverpool goal that the Brazilian came within inches of reaching with his outstretched toe.
There was great attacking intent from both sides in the early minutes of the second half. The first chance of the second period fell kindly to Roberto Firmino, who had time and space in the Chelsea box but looked to take it first time, and sliced it horribly off target.
Moses then hit the post for Chelsea after picking up on a delightful back heel from Diego Costa. He looked to squeeze it past Mignolet at the near post, but could only brush the outside of the post as he sent it out for a goal kick.
Liverpool were right back in it in the 57th minute. Milner received the ball on the left flank and sent a cross in that took a small deflection on it's way into the box, where Wijnaldum was arriving to put it away with a solid header.
Chelsea then earned a penalty with 15 minutes left to play when Costa drifted into the box with the ball at his feet and went down under minimal pressure from Joel Matip. The striker stepped up to take it himself, sending it low and to the left, but Mignolet was equal to it, and got down well to deny him.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2017