Liverpool have missed the chance to lay down an early Premier League title marker as they were held to a 1-1 Anfield draw by 10-man Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will be the more frustrated of the two bosses as his side were simply unable to breakthrough a stubborn Chelsea’s defence.
Both sides looked intent to try and feel each other out early on before a moment of Kai Havertz popped Chelsea in front.
Reece James’ near post corner wasn’t picked up on by the Reds and Havertz’s flicked header looped superbly past Alisson.
That breakthrough did look to tip the balance for Thomas Tuchel’s side as Romelu Lukaku fed in Mason Mount to slide one just wide.
However, despite a fairly tame start at Anfield, the game was flipped on it’s head in added time.
Joel Matip’s header off the bar caused mayhem inside the Chelsea box as James handled Sadio Mane’s effort.
And after a long long check, Anthony Taylor produced a red for James and awarded Liverpool a spot kick.
But despite the ensuing melee in front of the Anfield Road end Mo Salah kept his head to bullet home from the spot.
However, despite a man advantage for the whole second period, Liverpool failed to turn it up a notch as Edouard Mendy denied Andy Robertson.
Full Time from Anfield it’s Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
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