Mohamed Salah scored his tenth Premier League goal in 13 appearances for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s charges were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against visitors Chelsea at Anfield this evening.
Salah looked to have given the Reds a significant victory when he slotted home after 65 minutes, but Chelsea substitute Willian silenced Merseyside five minutes from time with a cross-cum-shot that somehow evaded the reach of Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool dominated possession from the off, but found Chelsea difficult to break down as a compact midfield saw Antonio Conte’s side setup adroitly to exploit the hosts on the break.
Eden Hazard proved Chelsea’s most effective player in the opening period as he caused Klopp’s charges all sorts of problems when countering, as the Belgian broke beyond the home defence before being denied down low by Mignolet.
The Reds continued to move the ball from left to right, although their build-up play proved far too slow as Chelsea’s compact midfield stifled any sense of creativity in the Liverpool ranks.
The away side again showed their potential on the break, this time as Hazard broke away at pace to slot in Danny Drinkwater behind Ragnar Klavan, leaving Mignolet to rush off his line and make an important save on the slide.
Liverpool’s best chance in the first half came courtesy of the in-form Salah, who spun Gary Cahill on the edge of the Chelsea box, only to see his standout curling effort bend wide of the far-post with Thibaut Courtois looking beaten.