Any draw leaves teams and fans with conflicted feelings. Liverpool are still on a long stretch without a win, but at least they didn’t lose, drawing 1-1 with Chelsea at Anfield despite an early and controversial goal by David Luiz, as Antonio Conte’s men seem on the guaranteed way towards winning the Premier League title.
Chelsea took the lead in the 24th minute with a thunderous, cheeky free kick by their Brazilian centre back. Liverpool’s wall and goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, were still organizing their defenses when Luiz decided to take the kick, expertly slotting it home through the post. Legal? Yes, but not exactly clean play.
Liverpool equalized in the 57th minute, when James Milner headed a ball into the box and Georginio Wijnaldum was there to stun the Chelsea defense and bring life back into the Anfield stands.
In the 75th minute Diego Costa expertly drew a penalty kick after getting clipped inside the box, but his execution from the spot was poor, with his shot stopped by Mignolet.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea managed to add a couple of chances in the final 15 minutes, but nothing too noteworthy, in a match that was balanced and even for most of its 90 minutes, leaving Chelsea well clear of everyone else at the top of the table (9 points above Tottenham and Arsenal), while Liverpool will remain inside the top 4 for at least one more week, regardless of what Manchester City do tomorrow.