PREMIER LEAGUE: Liverpool fight for vital point at Chelsea

Liverpool have fought hard to force a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Liverpool have fought hard to force a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Brenda Rodgers returned to the place where his managerial career really kicked into gear to grab a vital point on the road as Luis Suarez cancelled out John Terry’s opener.

Fresh off a four-match domestic suspension, Blues skipper Terry worked free of his marker in the 20th minute to powerfully head home Juan Mata’s inswinging corner in customary fashion to notch up his 50th goal in his 558th appearance for the club.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Terry, who later in the half required a stretcher to leave the pitch after Suarez cannoned into his leg under pressure from Ramires. It looked quite serious as Terry went down in a heap and immediately called for attention.

Prior to that incident, Liverpool keeper Brad Jones did well to deny Fernando Torres with a low save after he had been played in by Eden Hazard which would have seen the Blues away at 2-0.

Late in the first half, another opportunity went begging for the Blues when Mata struck over the bar from the edge of the area with just Jones to beat in what was a huge let-off for the visitors.

The 73rd minute provided the equaliser for the Reds as veteran defender Jamie Carragher produced a clever flick-on at the near post for an unmarked Suarez to nod home into an empty goal for his eighth league goal of the campaign.

There were a few chances late with Hazard flashing wide before Jose Enrique forced Petr Cech into a huge save at the near post with his well-struck shot in injury-time as the two clubs had to be content with sharing the spoils.

Chelsea find themselves behind both Manchester United and Manchester City – a point in arrears of the latter – as Liverpool remained 13th by picking up their sixth draw from 11 outings.

Chelsea: 1 (John Terry 20’)
Liverpool: 1 (Luis Suarez 73’)

Stamford Bridge, London – 41,627

Yellow cards: CHE - John Obi Mikel 79’
LIV - Joe Allen 50’, Glen Johnson 56’, Steven Gerrard 67’

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