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Willian scores Chelsea's equaliser against Liverpool
Willian has now scored three goals in his past four games

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was "angry" that his side were unable to make a substitution before Willian equalised to earn Chelsea a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Klopp was trying to bring on Adam Lallana when Willian, who scored twice in a 4-0 win at Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday, struck in the 85th minute as what appeared to be a cross looped over Simon Mignolet and into the far corner.

"I was angry because we wanted to change the system but the referee didn't give us the opportunity," the German told BT Sport.

"I don't know what he thought in this moment, he told me something about taking too long, I don't understand it.

"How can we take too long? We didn't want to time waste, we wanted to change the system and that's why I was angry."

The goal denied Mohamed Salah a dream outcome against his former club after the Liverpool winger had opened the scoring just after the hour with a close-range finish.

That was Salah's 10th goal in just 13 Premier League games this season in what has been a superb start to the Egyptian's Liverpool career.

Salah could even have won it for Liverpool in the final minute but his powerful drive was saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their past seven visits to Anfield, a run stretching back to 2013.

Sensational Salah unlucky not to have final say

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah has now scored 15 goals in all competitions this season

Salah, understandably, was the centre of attention in the build up to the match as he faced his former side for the first time since leaving Chelsea for Roma in the summer of 2016.

The 25-year-old made just 17 appearances and six league starts during his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge but has returned to England a much improved player.

Already the Premier League's top scorer, Salah has been at his most effective when alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack but against Chelsea he had Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for company in Liverpool's front three.

The triumvirate may have been different but Salah still showed his class. He was Liverpool's most dangerous player in a first half light on chances, flashing an effort over the bar early on while a promising run along the edge of the box deserved more but there was no team-mate waiting in the box to meet his cut-back.

It felt, though, that Salah's name was destined to be written into the story of the game and so it proved. He showed great instinct to anticipate Oxlade-Chamberlain's poked pass and when presented with a clear sight of goal there was little doubt over the outcome.

Salah did not celebrate the strike, which saw him become Liverpool's highest scorer in a single season since Luis Suarez hit 31 goals in the 2013-14 campaign.

Willian rescues cautious Chelsea

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Difficult playing against 'eight defenders' - Klopp

Chelsea had won two and drawn four in their past six Anfield visits, but despite that record Antonio Conte's team selection suggested this was a must-not-lose game rather than a must-win.

The Blues lined up with eight defensive-minded players - five defenders along with three holding midfielders as Tiemoue Bakayoko started alongside former Leicester duo Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante in the middle.

That meant Eden Hazard carried all the creative responsibility, a task he grasped fully whenever the visitors had the chance to get forward. His darting runs and sudden changes of direction had the home side's defence on almost constant edge. It was from his through-ball that Mignolet had to race off his line to deny Drinkwater and it was from his pass that Davide Zappacosta forced the Liverpool keeper to tip over the bar.

However, he visibility tired in the second half, weakening Chelsea's attack, and when Salah scored it seemed a Liverpool win was inevitable.

Willian was unlucky not to have started after scoring twice and providing two assists in Chelsea's midweek win in Azerbaijan and it took just 144 seconds for him to make a telling impact in this game.

His three goals in two games is as many as in his previous 25 combined. The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge but his impressive recent form suggests he could still play a part for the Blues this season.

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Chelsea refused to accept defeat - Conte

Man of the match - Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah
Once again Liverpool's best player. With his 10th league goal for Liverpool in his 13th game, no player has scored more in their first 13 Premier League appearances for the Reds (level with Daniel Sturridge).

What they said - 'The world is a strange and crazy place'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "Everything was good until Willian crossed the ball. Most parts of the game were good but it doesn't feel it.

"But that is how it is. We will be better. The world is a strange and a crazy place at the moment so I can easily live with a point against Chelsea.

"It was a good game, an intense game and a very difficult game against a strong Chelsea team."

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "I think we must be pleased. Both teams played with a great intensity from the start to the end.

"It was very difficult to play this game after a long travel and no rest for my players, and also because when you play at Anfield it is not simple.

"In our best moment we conceded the goal and were unlucky. But at the same time I was very happy to see a great reaction from my players, with the way they fought and didn't accept a bad result at Liverpool."

Klopp moves alongside Dalglish et al - the stats

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their past six Premier League games against Chelsea (W2 D4) - their joint-longest ever such run against them in the competition (also six between March 1994-September 1996 and November 2010-April 2013).
  • However, they've not beaten them in the Premier League at Anfield since a 4-1 win in May 2012.
  • Liverpool have conceded just two goals in their past nine Premier League games at Anfield, but these goals have cost them a total of four points (1-1 v Burnley, 1-1 v Chelsea).
  • Of the 19 sides Antonio Conte has faced in the Premier League as a manager, Liverpool are the only side he has not beaten.
  • Willian scored just 144 seconds after coming off the bench - the fastest in the Premier League this season.
  • Since Jurgen Klopp joined in October 2015, Liverpool have won 38 Premier League points in fixtures between the 'big six' - six more than any of the other sides (Chelsea have 32).
  • In fact, Klopp is only the fourth Liverpool manager to remain unbeaten in his first five top-flight clashes against Chelsea - the others are David Ashworth, Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans.

What next?

Liverpool head to Stoke on Wednesday (20:00 GMT) looking for only their third away league win of the season while Chelsea host struggling Swansea on the same evening (19:45).

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 12Gomez
  • 32Matip
  • 17Klavan
  • 18Moreno
  • 7Milner
  • 14Henderson
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forLallanaat 89'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forWijnaldumat 66'minutes
  • 21Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forManéat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Karius
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 9Roberto Firmino
  • 19Mané
  • 20Lallana
  • 26Robertson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 27Christensen
  • 24Cahill
  • 21ZappacostaSubstituted forWillianat 83'minutes
  • 6DrinkwaterSubstituted forFàbregasat 74'minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 14BakayokoSubstituted forPedroat 77'minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 10E Hazard
  • 9Morata

Substitutes

  • 1Caballero
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 11Pedro
  • 15Moses
  • 22Willian
  • 30David Luiz
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
53,225

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

Offside, Chelsea. Gary Cahill tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Sadio Mané replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Adam Lallana replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Davide Zappacosta.

Attempt missed. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Davide Zappacosta with a cross.

Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joseph Gomez.

Offside, Chelsea. Álvaro Morata tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Tiemoué Bakayoko.

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool).

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

Offside, Chelsea. Gary Cahill tries a through ball, but Davide Zappacosta is caught offside.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Davide Zappacosta with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Daniel Sturridge.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 1, Chelsea 0. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Offside, Chelsea. N'Golo Kanté tries a through ball, but Davide Zappacosta is caught offside.

Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

Attempt blocked. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Álvaro Morata.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City1211104073334
2Man Utd139222862229
3Chelsea1382324111326
4Tottenham1373321101124
5Liverpool136522518723
6Arsenal127142216622
7Burnley12642129322
8Watford136342221121
9Brighton134451314-116
10Huddersfield12435817-915
11Leicester133551719-214
12Bournemouth134271114-314
13Newcastle134271117-614
14Southampton12345914-513
15Stoke133461626-1013
16Everton123361224-1212
17West Brom132561019-911
18West Ham132471226-1410
19Swansea13238715-89
20Crystal Palace13229825-178
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