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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Diego Costa misses a penalty against Liverpool
Diego Costa both won and missed Chelsea's late penalty

Chelsea had to settle for a draw against a much-improved Liverpool at Anfield after Diego Costa's late penalty was saved by Simon Mignolet - but still extended their lead at top of the Premier League to nine points.

Liverpool keeper Mignolet made amends for his first-half embarrassment when he had been caught off guard by David Luiz's superb free-kick from 25 yards.

Georginio Wijnaldum's close-range header 11 minutes after the break gave Liverpool a draw they fully deserved, ending a run of three successive home losses, two of which knocked them out of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup.

However, it could have been much better for Chelsea and worse for Liverpool when Costa went to ground under challenge from Joel Matip 14 minutes from the end. Referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot but Mignolet dived low to his right to save the Spain striker's spot-kick.

Roberto Firmino wasted Liverpool's two best chances, shooting high over an open goal and heading straight at Thibaut Courtois in the closing seconds.

Honours even - but Conte celebrates

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Conte 'proud' of Chelsea team performance

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte disguised his disappointment about Costa's late penalty being saved by Mignolet with his reaction at the final whistle.

The Italian knew Chelsea would be facing a wounded Liverpool after those three damaging defeats - and he clearly saw this as one point won rather than two lost as he went straight to the visiting fans and pumped his fists in delight.

The Blues were not at their best and yet showed the resilience and compactness of old as they were dominated in possession but kept Liverpool at arm's length for most of the game.

And in N'Golo Kante they had the game's outstanding performer, perpetual motion and first to every loose ball in midfield and at both ends of the pitch.

Costa had an off night, including squandering the penalty, but Chelsea found answers elsewhere and carried a threat of their own after Pedro came on as a late substitute.

Chelsea may only return to London with a point, but results elsewhere for Arsenal and Tottenham made this a good night for the Premier League leaders.

Klopp thwarts rivals again

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Why Liverpool's title challenge has faltered - Pat Nevin analysis

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had endured his worst week since arriving at Anfield in October 2015 with the Premier League defeat by Swansea City, the EFL Cup semi-final loss to Southampton and the FA Cup fourth-round humiliation against Championship side Wolves.

The German, however, has proved his mettle against his closest Premier League rivals - and once again he emerged unbeaten to maintain his excellent record against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham since his appointment.

This draw means that he has played 15 league games against that group, winning six, drawing eight and losing only one, a home defeat by United last season.

Liverpool's hopes of a first title since 1990 are receding as they are 10 points behind Chelsea - but there was plenty for Klopp to be happy about.

This was more like the high-intensity Liverpool of the early months of the season, although their play lacks subtlety at times as they seem to get carried away by the emotion of the crowd, as well as their animated manager in his technical area.

And further good news was the sight of leading scorer Sadio Mane, who has nine league goals, coming on as a substitute after his return from Africa Cup Of Nations duty with Senegal.

Man of the match - N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante was again immense as Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table. The defensive midfielder's work ethic peaked as Liverpool dominated possession.

'Outstanding in attitude' - what they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "I said before the game - and people didn't like it - but this wonderful, powerful club needs to keep its nerves.

"Not everything is bad because we lose. This team is outstanding in attitude so let's do the best we can and see where we end up at the end of the season. The results tonight were good for us, but we must continue to fight."

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Klopp urges Reds to 'stay cool' and keep nerve

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: "It was a very tough game. Both teams tried to play with intensity. I'm pleased. We saw a different game to when we played Liverpool and lost at home.

"It's pity Diego Costa missed the penalty because he played very well. We had different chances to score goals, but we must be happy with the result and the performance because it is not easy to play away at Liverpool."

Luiz's first Chelsea goal for almost four years - the stats

  • David Luiz scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea since April 2013 - 1,386 days ago.
  • All 14 of Georginio Wijnaldum's Premier League goals have been scored in home games (11 for Newcastle, three for Liverpool).
  • Simon Mignolet has saved six of the 14 penalties he has faced in the Premier League as a Liverpool player, more than any other keeper for the Reds.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their past five Premier League trips to Anfield, last losing there in May 2012.
  • The Reds have gone five games without a home win in all competitions for the first time since October 2012.

What's next?

Chelsea have another huge Premier League game coming up - they entertain Arsenal (12:30 GMT) in the early kick-off on Saturday. On the same day, Liverpool are away to struggling Hull City (15:00).

How the papers saw it

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Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 32Matip
  • 6Lovren
  • 7MilnerBooked at 59mins
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14HendersonBooked at 45mins
  • 23Can
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forOrigiat 90'minutes
  • 11Firmino
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forManéat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Karius
  • 15Sturridge
  • 17Klavan
  • 18Moreno
  • 19Mané
  • 21Lucas
  • 27Origi

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 30David Luiz
  • 24Cahill
  • 15Moses
  • 7Kanté
  • 21Matic
  • 3Alonso
  • 22WillianBooked at 79minsSubstituted forFàbregasat 83'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forBatshuayiat 90+4'minutes
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forPedroat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Begovic
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 5Zouma
  • 11Pedro
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 26Terry
  • 29Chalobah
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
53,157

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Diego Costa.

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pedro (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Adam Lallana.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté.

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas replaces Willian.

Hand ball by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

Booking

Willian (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pedro (Chelsea).

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

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

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

Penalty saved! Diego Costa (Chelsea) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Joel Matip (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Chelsea. Diego Costa draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Sadio Mané replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Hand ball by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

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

Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea23182348163256
2Tottenham23138245162947
3Arsenal23145451252647
4Liverpool23137352282446
5Man City22134543281543
6Man Utd22118333211241
7Everton22106633231036
8West Brom239683129233
9Burnley2392122533-829
10Stoke227782834-628
11West Ham2284102936-728
12Southampton2376102328-527
13Watford2376102739-1227
14Bournemouth2375113241-926
15Middlesbrough2349101926-721
16Leicester2356122438-1421
17Swansea2363142852-2421
18Crystal Palace2354143241-919
19Sunderland2344152042-2216
20Hull2244142047-2716
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