- WATCH: Hazard puts Blues ahead
- Reds have more possession, shots
- Kovacic with assist
- Sturridge scores 50th LFC goal
Daniel Sturridge‘s amazing 89th minute goal helped Liverpool rescue a point against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Liverpool joins Man City on a league-best 19 points, two better than Chelsea
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Chelsea had wealth of possession in the first 20 minutes aside from a Roberto Firmino half-chance that went out for a Liverpool corner.
The Blues’ well-earned lead came when Hazard met a terrific ball from Mateo Kovacic and beat Alisson with a low left-footed shot.
The play began with Hazard deep in the midfield, working a quick exchange and then flying down field to meet Kovacic’s invitation.
Amazing work from Mohamed Salah nearly leveled the score line in the 32nd minute, as he out-battled David Luiz and Kepa Arrizabalaga only to see his sharp-angled effort cleared off the goal line by Antonio Rudiger.
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The break ended and Chelsea came out of the gate with energy, Willian especially dangerous down the left.
N'Golo Kante spied Hazard with a magnificent cross field pass, but the Belgian’s hopeful cross did not yield a proper shot on goal.
Arrizabalaga made an outstanding slap save on Mane in the 58th minute, leading to a series of corner kicks.
A quick restart gave Hazard a 1v1 with Becker, but the Belgian’s nutmeg effort caught the Brazilian’s dragged foot and popped over the bar.
Klopp removed Salah for Xherdan Shaqiri, and the Swiss attacker left David Luiz behind before missing a far post sitter of sorts.
But it was another sub who would find Liverpool’s goal, as Sturridge dipped an effort from distance over Arrizabalaga.