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Result: Daniel Sturridge stunner snatches late point for Liverpool at Chelsea

Result: Daniel Sturridge stunner snatches late point for Liverpool at Chelsea

Liverpool score late on at Stamford Bridge through a Daniel Sturridge strike to earn a 1-1 draw against fellow unbeaten side Chelsea.

By , Football League Correspondent
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 19:50 UK

Daniel Sturridge has scored within three minutes of coming off the bench to earn Liverpool a late 1-1 draw against former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The English striker sent a long-range shot dipping over Kepa Arrizabalaga in the final minute of normal time to cancel out Eden Hazard‘s crisp finish, which for so long looked like being the winner.

Liverpool, who had two efforts kept out on the line prior to their late leveller, drop points for the first time this season but remain unbeaten after seven games.

Victory for fellow unbeaten side Chelsea would have taken them level on points with Manchester City at the summit, but instead it is Liverpool who sit alongside the reigning champions in what is shaping up to be a tight title race.

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Both managers reverted back to their strongest lineups on the back of their EFL Cup tie in midweek, meaning a recall for former Chelsea ace Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian forward had scored in four of his previous seven meetings with Chelsea, and he could have added to that tally in the opening quarter of this latest clash as he tested Kepa with a weak effort and then curled one wide.

Liverpool’s high press was making Chelsea uncomfortable and it was the visitors who were looking the more threatening in the final third, with Sadio Mane next to get a shot away which ended well wide of the target.

With a quarter of the match played Maurizio Sarri‘s men eventually stepped things up, creating their first chance 22 minutes in for Willian.

Sadio Mane scythes down Eden Hazard during the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea on September 29, 2018© Reuters

For all their intricate play, it was a long ball over the top from David Luiz that set Willian free, but the Brazilian was denied by compatriot Alisson Becker when in on goal.

Three minutes later the Blues did take the lead, however, and it was through a fine Hazard finish across Alisson into the bottom corner following some one-touch passing in the build-up.

That was the first time that Liverpool had conceded in the first half of a league game this term, but they should have been level at the break as Salah rounded Kepa and had an unguarded net to aim for, only for Antonio Rudiger to race back and keep the ball out on the line.

Just one of the previous 11 meetings between these two sides had been won by more than one goal, and this latest tussle followed a similar theme as the teams cancelled each other out.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates with teammates after scoring against Liverpool during their Premier League clash on September 29, 2018© Reuters

A blocked Mateo Kovacic shot on the edge of the box aside, the first serious attempt of the second period did not arrive until the hour mark via the boot of Mane.

The Reds’ leading scorer did well to turn in the box and found the target with his well-struck effort, but Kepa got down low to keep it out.

Alisson was then required at the other end of the field to deny Hazard from a one-on-one position after the Belgian was played through by a quick-thinking N’Golo Kante.

Knowing that time was running out to grab a goal, Jurgen Klopp made a surprise call by withdrawing Salah and bringing on Xherdan Shaqiri in his place.

Unlike teammate Sturridge, Shaqiri failed to mark his arrival with a goal as he guided the ball wide of the target with just Kepa to beat from 10 yards, moments after Kovacic had a tame effort blocked by Alisson.

Liverpool, whose tally of 14 league goals in 2018-19 was bettered only by Man City ahead of this weekend, fashioned another chance in the final quarter of the match – Roberto Firmino‘s downward header being blocked on the line by Luiz.

The pressure finally told late on as, after Shaqiri had a free kick saved down low, Sturridge sent a sublime curled shot over the head of Kepa from all of 30 yards to leave his mark on a match that he entered late on.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kovacic (Barkley 81′), Jorginho, Kante; Hazard, Giroud (Morata 65′), Willian (Moses 73′)

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson (Keita 78′), Milner (Sturridge 86′); Mane, Salah (Shaqiri 66′), Firmino

Ross Barkley in action with Naby Keita during the EFL Cup clash between Chelsea and Liverpool on September 26, 2018

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