Chelsea turn a two-goal deficit to earn a draw against Liverpool

Chelsea turned a two-goal deficit to earn a draw against Liverpool.

Chelsea turned a two-goal deficit to earn a draw against Liverpool on Sunday night at the Stamford Bridge.

A possible positive test for Covid-19 kept Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp out of the game, while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel dropped £97.5 million record acquisition Romelu Lukaku from his team after a heated interview in which he indicated his dissatisfaction with the current scenario.

There was a good chance that Jurgen Klopp was going to be the happiest of the two managers when Sadio Mane capitalised on Trevoh Chalobah’s blunder to put Liverpool in ahead after nine minutes.

Mohamed Salah’s individual genius, a feint to fool Marcos Alonso followed by a perfect near-post finish, put Liverpool in command before Chelsea staged a half-time comeback.

Christian Pulisic sprinted clear to equalize in stoppage time of the first half after Mateo Kovacic’s magnificent strike sailed past Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher (in for Alisson, who was also suspected of having a positive test for Covid).

Kovacic’s magnificent volley equalizer
Pulisic celebration after second goal equalizer.

Salah and Mane were denied by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, while Kelleher thwarted Pulisic’s late comeback attempt in a thrilling match.

Second-placed Chelsea sits 10 points behind champions Manchester City, while third-placed Liverpool are 11 points down but have a game in hand on the top.

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