Premier League

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

By James GheerbrantBBC Sport
Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea against Liverpool
Eden Hazard (right) scored his fourth goal in four games

Christian Benteke's late header cancelled out Eden Hazard's brilliant solo goal as Liverpool kept alive their slim hopes of a top-six league finish.

Chelsea winger Hazard fired a low shot into the corner after a dazzling run to record his fourth goal in four games.

But substitute Benteke earned the Reds a point in added time when he pounced after an error from Asmir Begovic.

Liverpool remain eighth and are within three points of sixth-placed West Ham with a game left.

Relive the action from Anfield

Reaction from Wednesday's Premier League matches, as Newcastle & Norwich are relegated

Jurgen Klopp's side, who play West Brom on the final day, have another chance to secure European football next season when they play Sevilla in the Europa League final on 18 May, with a Champions League spot awarded to the winner.

Chelsea remain ninth.

Hazard back to his brilliant best

Eden Hazard passmap
Eden Hazard found the target with 60 of his 63 passes, despite playing 45 of them in the opposition half

In a game that was often short on quality in the final third, Hazard was the outstanding performer.

The Belgium international has endured a difficult season after being named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year last season, suffering with injuries and loss of form as defending champions Chelsea slid down the table.

But after failing to score in the Premier League until April, the 25-year-old now has four in his last four games - and here he was back to his very best.

Showing mesmeric balance and close control on the ball, Hazard had 96 touches - more than anyone else on the pitch - and found a team-mate with 95.2% of his passes.

His upturn in form has come too late to save Chelsea's season - or the job of former manager Jose Mourinho - but Hazard's performance suggests he could peak for the European Championship, where, in the absence of Vincent Kompany, he will captain Belgium.

Benteke preserves Liverpool momentum

Christian Benteke celebrates
Christian Benteke has now found the net twice this month, having scored only twice in the rest of 2016

Klopp's side are on a roll at Anfield, having gone 12 unbeaten at home and easily swatted aside Villarreal and Watford in their past two matches.

Having restored many first-team regulars to the team after fielding a largely second-string side against the Hornets, Liverpool faded after a bright start and could have been further behind had Bertrand Traore not curled wide after rounding Simon Mignolet.

But they improved after the break, increasing their share of possession from 52% to 58%, and Daniel Sturridge and Kolo Toure missed glorious chances before Benteke's late intervention.

Fellow substitute Sheyi Ojo swung over a searching cross from the left and Begovic could only palm it into the path of the Belgium striker.

Klopp downplayed the result's importance, but this was a point that will maintain the feelgood factor at Anfield under the charismatic German before their second final of the season.

Man of the match - Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard celebrates
Majestic in possession, the Belgian reminded everyone why he was Player of the Year 12 months ago

What they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "The result tonight was not important, what's important is that we take the right information out of the game.

"We started very well, and when we play like that with our compact defending we can be good. In a game like this, the crowd force you to attack. We have to develop a lot.

"I like it here. It's a nice place and a world-class club."

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: "The team reacted very well. We played all game for the win and got an unlucky present in the last minute. We should have killed it off and I'm disappointed not to have the three points.

"Hazard was terrific and has been growing in fitness for some weeks. It's good to see. He had to suffer a lot with injuries this year but I'm very happy he's back.

"The players showed they love to play football."

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The stats you need to know

  • Six of Christian Benteke's nine Premier League goals for Liverpool have been as a substitute - more than any other player has managed this season in the league.
  • Liverpool have scored in their past 13 Premier League fixtures.
  • Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their past 12 Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
  • Benteke's late goal means Chelsea are winless in three Premier League games for the first time in either of Guus Hiddink's spells at the club.

What's next?

The final day on Sunday sees Liverpool travel to the Hawthorns to face West Brom and Chelsea host champions Leicester.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 6Lovren
  • 4K TouréBooked at 48minsSubstituted forOjoat 88'minutes
  • 18Moreno
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forBentekeat 75'minutes
  • 7MilnerBooked at 73minsSubstituted forAllenat 75'minutes
  • 23CanBooked at 44mins
  • 10Coutinho
  • 11Firmino
  • 15Sturridge


  • 9Benteke
  • 21Leiva
  • 24Allen
  • 34Bogdan
  • 37Skrtel
  • 44B Smith
  • 54Ojo


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 87mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 12Mikel
  • 6Baba
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 22WillianSubstituted forKenedyat 57'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 17PedroSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 90+3'minutes
  • 14TraoreSubstituted forAbrahamat 74'minutes


  • 11Da Silva
  • 16Kenedy
  • 32Amelia
  • 36Loftus-Cheek
  • 38Palmer
  • 42Abraham
  • 43Tomori
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Match Stats

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Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1.

  3. Post update

    Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kenedy (Chelsea).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Pedro.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Baba Rahman is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

  9. Post update

    Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tammy Abraham (Chelsea).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a through ball.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Sheyi Ojo replaces Kolo Touré.

  14. Booking

    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Baba Rahman.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Tammy Abraham (Chelsea).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

As It Stood

4Man City371981070403065
5Man Utd371891046341263
6West Ham371614764491562
14Crystal Palace37119173847-942
15West Brom371012153347-1442
20Aston Villa3738262772-4517
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