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    Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea Match Report


    A fortunate late equaliser from Brazilian midfielder Willian denied Liverpool a first home victory against Chelsea since May 2012 in an entertaining encounter at Anfield.

    In a match full of excitement, and with opportunities at either end, Jurgen Klopp's side appeared to be heading for victory against the defending champions courtesy of Mohamed Salah's 15th goal of the season.

    The Egypt international was found by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's perfectly-weighted pass, which he transferred into his stride before slotting past the onrushing Thibaut Courtois in clinical fashion.

    Salah had already missed three chances to give Liverpool the lead by that stage, the best of which came four minutes before the interval when his clever turn deceived Gary Cahill but his left-footed strike curled narrowly wide.

    Liverpool also had opportunities to extend their lead but the impressive Salah was denied by a last-ditch intervention by Cesar Azpilicueta, while Georginio Wijnaldum had a headed effort saved from the resulting corner.

    Defeat would have been harsh on a spirited Chelsea team, who levelled when Willian's cross from 15 yards sailed over the head of Mignolet and into the top-corner with only five minutes remaining.

    The visitors played their part in an enthralling encounter and enjoyed their best spell midway through the first-half when they had three efforts saved by the impressive Simon Mignolet in the space of two minutes.

    The Belgian needed to dive low down to his right to push Hazard's 20-yard effort wide of goal, while he made a smothering intervention to deny Drinkwater minutes later and also tipped Davide Zappacosta's arrowed-strike over the crossbar.

    Chelsea continued to create opportunities after the break, with Alvaro Morata missing a glorious chance to score on the hour-mark when he failed to control Danny Drinkwater's cross and Marcus Alonso firing over the bar from six yards from Zappacosta's flighted pass.

    There was little time remaining for either side to score a winning goal once Willian's strike had levelled proceedings, although Courtois did need to be alert to palm another long-range strike from Salah around the post in the final minute.

    After the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of his anger that he was unable to make a substitution shortly before Willian's equaliser, with Adam Lallana ready to come onto the field and make his first start for the club this season.

    Despite the fortunate nature of Willian's strike, which appeared to be intended as a cross to the back-post, it turned out to be a hard-earned point for Antonio Conte's team who return to action at home to Swansea on Wednesday evening.

    Liverpool will rue chances they had to extend their lead before the late drama ensued but all will be forgotten if Jurgen Klopp's side are able to claim all three points against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium in midweek.

    The result ensures that Chelsea remain in third place, a point ahead of Arsenal who recorded a stoppage-time victory over Burnley on Sunday, while Liverpool drop a place to sixth in the table.
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