Chelsea scored two goals late in the first half to salvage a point in one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Liverpool took the early lead when Sadio Mane scored in the first 10 minutes before Mohamed Salah doubled their lead midway through the first half. Mateo Kovacic grabbed a goal back in the 42nd minute before Christian Pulisic scored the equalizer in first-half stoppage time. The result was a big blow to both sides in their bid to catch runaway leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea: Mendy (8), Chalobah (5), Silva (7), Rudiger (6), Azpilicueta (6), Kante (7), Kovacic (8), Alonso (6), Mount (7), Pulisic (8), Havertz (7).
Subs: Jorginho (6), Hudson-Odoi (5).
Liverpool: Kelleher (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Konate (7), Van Dijk (7), Tsimikas (6), Henderson (6), Fabinho (6), Milner (6), Salah (8), Jota (7), Mane (8).
Subs: Keita (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Jones (n/a).
Man of the match: Mateo Kovacic
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “Brilliant match of football, everybody not in the stadium missed something – energy, some mistakes. We started excellently and were 1-0 down out of nothing because we did two or three big mistakes, then we concede a second one which makes the task very hard. The team did not give in and Mateo Kovacic’s goal brought the belief back into the stadium. There was almost the perfect comeback in the first half with a third goal on the transition.”
Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders: “It’s never boring with us, eh? Never. We’re really proud of the boys because they made a proper football match. We could have made a lot of excuses, but we didn’t, we attacked the game.”
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