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I. Konaté
Yellow Card
45' + 1'
C. Pulisic
N. Kanté
2 - 2
42'
M. Kovačić
Goal
1 - 2
26'
Mohamed Salah
T. Alexander-Arnold
0 - 2
9'
S. Mané
Goal
0 - 1

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Commentary

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Chelsea are next in action in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Liverpool are also in EFL Cup action in their last-four clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Chelsea and Liverpool play out an entertaining 2-2 draw in their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, although the result favours neither team and their title aspirations. The Reds marched into a two-goal lead courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, displaying a clinical edge in the Chelsea box. However, the Blues battled back before half-time through a stunner from Mateo Kovacic and a precise effort from Christian Pulisic. Both teams pressed in the second half, but could not conjure a winner. Chelsea remain in second place and Liverpool are in third as both sides remain well off the pace of Manchester City at the top of the table.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 2-2 LIVERPOOL
90' + 3' Both teams are attempting to snatch a late winner. As it stands, Manchester City are the big winners today.
90' + 1' Tsimikas makes a break down the left flank and gets the better of Mount. He fires a low ball into the middle that Azpilicueta has to divert behind for a corner.
C. Jones
S. Mané
90' Mane makes way for the visitors for the closing stages and is replaced by Jones.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' Chelsea are pressing against the Reds in the closing stages. Pulisic probes down the right flank, but he sees his cross steered behind by Alexander-Arnold at the back post.
87' WIDE! Rudiger rises to head the resulting corner from Mount towards goal, but his attempt drifts just wide of the right post.
86' Hudson-Odoi twists and turns down the left flank and he tries to fire a cross into the box. Alexander-Arnold is alert to the threat and diverts it behind.
84' SAVE! Alonso attempts an ambitious strike from distance from a free-kick, but he curls a tame effort into the hands of Kelleher.
I. Konaté
Yellow Card
83' Konate nudges Hudson-Odoi to the deck in the final third and goes into the book.
82' BLOCK AND SAVE! Mount slams his first strike into the wall before he gathers the rebound. He goes for goal on the half-volley and penetrates the defensive shield ahead of Kelleher, but the keeper gets down to make a solid stop.
81' Kovacic goes down in the final third as Keita catches the midfielder with an outstretched leg. Chelsea have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
C. Hudson-Odoi
K. Havertz
79' Havertz is withdrawn by Tuchel for the closing stages and is replaced by Hudson-Odoi.
78' Konate goes down in a collision with Havertz on the right flank. He requires treatment before the game can continue.
76' Mane finds space down the left flank and he digs out a cross to the back post that Alonso has to head away from Salah.
74' The contest remains in the balance heading into the final 16 minutes of the match. The goals have dried up in the second half, but the intensity has remained at a high level since the restart.
72' OVER! Kante feeds Pulisic on the right flank and he raids at the Liverpool defence before cutting inside to shoot on his left foot. He connects well with his attempt, but it sails narrowly over the bar.
Jorginho
T. Chalobah
70' Jorginho replaces Chalobah, which will require a re-shuffle from the Blues. Azpilicueta drops back into the back three, while Pulisic shifts into the right wing-back spot.
N. Keïta
J. Milner
69' Keita replaces Milner in the Liverpool midfield.
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Diogo Jota
69' Oxlade-Chamberlain enters the action for the visitors as he replaces Jota in the final third.
66' WIDE! Salah latches on to a loose ball following a Liverpool corner and he steers it into the path of Tsimikas to strike, but his effort bends away from goal and travels wide of the right post.
65' Chalobah has to be alert at the back to steer a knockdown from Jota away from the lurking presence of Mane in the box.
62' CHANCE! Pulisic latches on to a cross from Alonso and steers a left-footed strike at goal. It explodes off the boot of the forward, but Kelleher reacts well to make a fine stop.
61' Havertz has space down the right flank and he whips a dangerous cross to the near post, but Kelleher manages to gather ahead of Pulisic.
58' MENDY AGAIN! The keeper is on form to push a drive from Mane past the left post. Mane exchanges a one-two with Salah to surge to the edge of the Chelsea box. He goes for the strike on his right foot that travels at speed towards the target, only to be denied by Mendy.
56' WHAT A SAVE! Mendy stretches back to deny Salah. Jota releases the forward behind the Chelsea defence where he attempts an ambitious chip of Mendy. It appears to be heading towards the top left-corner, only for the keeper to spring to his right to turn it over the bar.
54' Mane is offside on this occasion as he latches on to a throughball from Fabinho. Salah was emerging behind him and he should have let his team-mate take possession in the final third.
53' OFFSIDE! Jota latches on to a ball over the top from Fabinho in space in the left-inside channel. He goes for the blast with a left-footed volley, but Mendy makes a fine save to deny the Portugal international.
51' OVER! Kante releases Alonso down the left flank with a precise pass. He cuts back on his right foot to shoot from the inside channel, but he sends his effort over the top.
48' Fabinho is put under pressure by Mount following a pass out from the back by Kelleher. However, the Brazilian just manages to retain possession on the edge of his own box.
47' This is only the second Premier League game between two teams starting the day in the top four to see both teams score 2+ goals in the first half, following Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Manchester United in November 1997.
46' We're back under way at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool will feel that they have let Chelsea off the hook after storming into a 2-0 lead. The Reds have been vulnerable at the break of late, and they will be concerned that the Blues were able to break back into the contest. At the other end, there have been ample opportunities for Salah and Mane to find space, so there should be further opportunities on offer in the second half.
It has a been a frenetic first half at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea and Liverpool head into the break all square at 2-2 in their Premier League clash. Sadio Mane fired the Reds ahead after capitalising on a mistake from Trevoh Chalobah. Mohamed Salah then extended their lead with a fine finish. However, the Blues responded through a stunner from Mateo Kovacic before Christian Pulisic levelled with a composed strike.
45' + 5' HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 2-2 LIVERPOOL
45' + 3' CLOSE! Mount drags an effort on the half-volley inches wide of the left post. Havertz is played into acres of space down the right flank and he cuts inside to shoot. Liverpool get enough men back to quell his effort, but the ball deflects to Mount. He shoots on the turn, only to see it travel a whisker wide.
N. Kanté
Assist
45' + 1' Kante hooks a ball over the top for Pulisic to chase and he takes the ball in stride before burying his effort.
C. Pulisic
Goal
45' + 1' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! REDEMPTION FOR PULISIC!!!! CHELSEA ARE LEVEL!!!! 2-2!!!!! The American missed a sitter earlier in the game, but on this occasion he holds his composure to hook a strike into the top-right corner. Rudiger wins a 50/50 challenge at midfield before Kante lifts a ball over the top of the Liverpool defence. Pulisic takes it in stride before firing over Kelleher into the back of the net. What a first half.
44' Chelsea needed that goal before the break. It gives them hope of mounting a comeback in the second half.
M. Kovačić
Goal
42' WHAT A GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! KOVACIC SCORES A STUNNER!!!!!!! 1-2!!!!!! Chelsea are back in the game courtesy of a special effort from Kovacic. Alonso drills a free-kick towards the right post that requires Kelleher to punch it away from danger amid the threat to his goal and Rudiger on the charge. However, Kovacic pounces on the loose ball on the edge of the box, striking a first-time volley into the top-right corner with the aid of the post giving the Liverpool keeper no chance. There's a slight delay for a VAR check for offside, but the goal stands.
41' Havertz probes down the right flank and wins a free-kick courtesy of a loose challenge from Milner.
39' Havertz catches Van Dijk with a late boot on Liverpool's left flank, but the referee only awards a free-kick to the visitors for the challenge.
36' CHANCE! Alexander-Arnold releases Salah through on goal once more. He surges into the final third, but is closed down by Chalobah. Salah regains possession and cuts back to shoot on his left foot, only to see his effort diverted behind by Azpilicueta.
34' Liverpool have looked dangerous on the counter and the visitors have managed to stymie Chelsea's possession game as a result.
32' A VAR check confirms the referee Anthony Taylor's initial decision and he waves play on.
30' Mount and Tsimikas collide on the field and the Chelsea man appears to nudge the full-back on the deck. The referee does not take action immediately, but it will be looked at by VAR.
28' Salah has scored four goals against Chelsea in the Premier League; the joint-most any player has scored against them after playing for them in the competition, along with Kevin De Bruyne.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
26' Alexander-Arnold clips a brilliant ball over the top for Salah to surge into the right-inside channel before the forward buries his effort.
Mohamed Salah
Goal
26' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! SALAH MAKES IT TWO!!!!!!!! 2-0 LIVERPOOL!!!!! The Reds double their advantage as Salah coasts in down the right flank before beating Mendy at his near post. Alexander-Arnold plays Salah into space in the right-inside channel and he runs to the byline. He finds enough room to cut back on his left foot to blast a strike into the right corner of the net. A fine strike from Salah.
25' Mendy has to make an important punch as he comes through a crowd to divert a deflected strike from Alexander-Arnold away from Van Dijk.
24' Alexander-Arnold has space on the right flank and he goes for a strike at goal, but Alonso gets across to divert it behind for a corner.
22' OFFSIDE! Jota plays a pass through to Salah, who surges through unopposed on goal. He goes for a strike on his left foot, but Mendy makes a fine stop. The offside flag goes up late against the forward.
19' OVER! Mount angles a cross in from the right flank towards the back post. Alonso reaches the delivery and shoots first-time at goal, only to blast his effort over the top.
C. Pulisic
Yellow Card
17' Pulisic catches Jota with his follow-through after winning the ball. The American goes into the book for his challenge.
16' Azpilicueta squares a cross in from the right flank towards Mount. He turns to fire at goal, but Milner is there to make a vital block.
14' The difference between the two sides in the opening 14 minutes has been the finishing in front of goal. Mane took his opening whereas Pulisic failed to capitalise.
12' Mount angles a ball over the top for Alonso to chase, but it just evades the outstretched boot of the Spaniard in the penalty area.
S. Mané
Goal
9' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! MANE FIRES LIVERPOOL AHEAD!!!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!!! Mane capitalises on a mistaken from Chalobah and hammers a left-footed strike into an empty net. Chalobah tries to head a cross from Jota away from danger, but slips and guides the ball straight to Mane. The Senegalese rounds Mendy before dispatching his effort past Silva on the line.
7' CHANCE! Havertz closes down Alexander-Arnold in possession and the loose ball falls perfectly for Pulisic in front of goal. The American tries to round Kelleher, but the keeper sticks out a hand and pushes it away from him before Van Dijk clears the danger.
6' SAVE! Chalobah loses out to Mane in the Chelsea half and it allows the forward to play Salah through on goal. Salah shoots first time under pressure from Silva, but Mendy produces a fine stop to deny the Egypt international.
4' ince the start of the 2006-07 season (when we have exact times), Mané’s booking after 15 seconds against Chelsea is the earliest recorded in a Premier League game
3' Chelsea enjoy a strong start to the game in possession, but Van Dijk makes an important intervention to nod Azpilicueta's cross away from Havertz.
S. Mané
Yellow Card
1' Mane goes into the book after 15 seconds, catching Azpilicueta with an elbow to the face in an aerial duel.
1' We're under way at Stamford Bridge.
After losing four consecutive Premier League games against Liverpool between 2019 and 2020, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last two against the Reds (W1 D1), though both of these games have come at Anfield.
Suspected positive COVID-19 tests have ruled Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino out of action this afternoon for the Reds. Klopp himself is missing from the touchline after contracting COVID-19. Kelleher gets the nod to replace Alisson between the posts. Konate slots into the back four alongside Van Dijk, while Tsimikas continues at left-back with Andy Robertson still suspended. Milner moves into the midfield from the bench to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain from the defeat to Leicester.
Chelsea have made five changes to their side that drew against Brighton last time out. Lukaku has been dropped from the squad after making comments about his role and happiness at the club. Jorginho and Hudson-Odoi drop to the bench, while Reece James misses out due to injury. Silva, Chalobah, Kante, Havertz and Alonso come into the fold for Tuchel's men this afternoon.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Adrian, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Owen Beck, Neco Williams, Tyler Morton, Marcelo.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Caoimhin Kelleher; Tent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr, Harvey Vale, Lewis Hall.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic.
Liverpool have also been knocked off the pace of City at the top of the table, suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City last time out. Jurgen Klopp's men previously dropped points on the road against Tottenham and are now staring up at City, who are now 12 points clear of the Reds before kick-off. Matters will only get harder for Klopp when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane leave for the Africa Cup of Nations, putting huge pressure on the Merseysiders to earn all three points this afternoon.
Chelsea conceded an agonising late equaliser at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion during the week, which has knocked them further off the pace of Manchester City at the top. The Citizens' winning streak has put the pressure on the Blues and Liverpool to respond, but three draws in the last five games has resulted in Thomas Tuchel and his team falling behind in the race for the title. They cannot afford another slip-up, while matters off the field have taken the headlines regarding the happiness of Romelu Lukaku at the club. Tuchel and the Blues face a crucial afternoon.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.