F/T: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

FULL TIME. Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1.

Enrique continues his impressive game by holding off Ramires, before Suarez finds Sterling as Liverpool press for a winner, Enrique earning a corner.

Gerrard uses the pace of Sterling to set him away down the right, but Bertrand does well and makes a solid tackle.

Four minutes of injury time is added on.

Gerrard heads away a corner straight into the path of Mata, who finds Hazard, the Belgium international cutting across goal before unleashing a thunderbolt that flashes wide.

Great chance for Liverpool as Suarez is set away, before Cech rapidly emerges from his goal to make a crucial tackle on the Liverpool striker.

Corner to Chelsea as Mata's cross clips Agger. The ball comes in to Ivanovic but he can't keep his header down and it's a Liverpool goal kick.

Hazard's carelessness sets Liverpool away, but Suarez ends up going for goal from the halfway line, and while it wasn't a bad effort, there was a chance for a swift counter attack there.

Allen plays a sweet ball into Suarez, but just as space opened up for the striker, the offside flag again catches Liverpool out.

Liverpool creep in behind, but as Suso is picked out after lovely play from Gerrard, the youngster can only stab the ball behind goal.

Sturridge is marshalled well by Carragher, the Liverpool centre-back forcing a corner as both teams press for a late winner.

Torres' game comes to an end, as Sturridge replaces the former Liverpool player.

Bertrand looks for Torres, but he is heavily marked in the six-yard box and Jones comfortably gathers the delivery.

Enrique is careless as he again drifts offside, with a promising attack for Liverpool building involving Gerrard and Suarez.

Mikel is booked for a trip on Suso, before Suarez goes down on the edge of the area with no free-kick given against Ivanovic.

Sterling inadvertantly feeds the ball forward and Cahill has to be wary as Suarez loomed to capitalise.

Oscar's game comes to an end and on comes Moses to replace him.

Bertrand does brilliantly to get to the by line, but his ball across goal is cut out by a timely Agger challenge that sees Liverpool clear.

Johnson capitalises on an uncertain Mikel, and Liverpool advance forward, before Chelsea regroup and force the visitors back.

Chelsea suddenly appear shaky, as Cahill barely wins out against Sterling, with the Reds applying pressure all over the pitch now.

Carragher flicks on the corner and Suarez is the right man at the right time to head the equaliser home from close range. Game on again!


Wisdom and Suarez combine, the former doing superbly to charge foward and earn his side a corner.

Torres ploughs forward in hope of losing Johnson. He is marked all the way though and his run is eventually cut off.

Enrique intercepts an attempted exchange between Oscar and Azplicueta, but Ramires picks up the ball, going for goal from range but only finding the fans.

Mikel falls through Sterling near the touchline and Liverpool win a free-kick. Gerrard's delivery is headed clear, and as Sterling goes for a spectactular drive, it clips only the back of Azpilicueta.

Jones parries Mata's free-kick excellently, as Mikel came inches away from a tap-in at the far post. Liverpool goal kick in the end.

Enrique is all over Mata, with no free-kick given incredibly as play is waved on. Moments later, a rash challenge from Gerrard on Oscar results in a booking.

Mata does splendidly against Enrique, but runs out of space in the end as he passes back to empty space. Suarez and Ivanovic then clash again with this time a corner awarded to Liverpool.

Torres comes close to scoring as Betrands fizzes a wicked ball across the six-yard box that fails to make contact with anyone in the end.

Suso's loose pass sees Chelsea pick up the ball, but Gerrard makes a magnificent tackle on Ramires, before Ivanovic fells the Reds captain and concedes a free-kick.

Gerrard is back on, and he feeds in Johnson who heads towards the byline, but wonderful defending from Cahill prevents his cross finding a team-mate in the box.

Oscar digs deep but can't get past Enrique, who has been a rock today, as Wisdom steps in to regain possession for his side.

Gerrard hobbles to the side for treatment, but from the looks of things the Liverpool captain may actually be fit enough to continue.

Sahin comes off with talented youngster Suso taking his place.

It appeared to be a coming together with Torres that saw Gerrard go down, clutching his leg, and we could yet see another captain's game come to an end at Stamford Bridge today.

It's chaos from the corner, as Jones initially parries away the delivery from Mata, before Gerrard does down, and is yet to move as play is eventually brought to a halt.

Second booking goes to Johnson for an elbow onOscar, that the defender disputes, but it was quite clearly a booking.

Ramires can't find Bertrand on the overlap, after some outstanding link-up play initially, and it has be said that a good position goes begging for Chelsea.

Mata's rasping shot from the edge of the area carries a tremendous sting but to the relief of Jones, it fizzes wide of the Liverpool goal.

Torres skips past Agger with ease, but Carragher sweeps up the danger as the Chelsea striker starts to gain more and more influence in the game.

Mata is penalised for a tackle on Enrique and Liverpool look to move forward. Suarez is incensed as the whistle blows for a clash with Ivanovic which results in a Chelsea free-kick.

A Mata corner is headed away at the near post by Enrique, with Chelsea again starting strongly as Liverpool's play is still restricted to defending for the time being.

Terrific hussling from Torres sees him intercept play from Allen, whose frustration sees him slide into the striker and earn a yellow card.

Enrique is perplexed as the offside flag is raised, and he is somewhat justified to as replays show he was right in line with Cahill when trying to meet a ball from Sterling.

Mikel clatters into Sterling and incredibly no free-kick is given, with the referee instead choosing to carry on with Liverpool in possession. Eventually, he does bring play back though.

Chelsea get the game restarted.

Elijah Handley writes: "Liverpool fan so obviously disappointed with the half-time score, but there is plenty of time to turn it around. However, I think we can get a draw at best, if we keep up the good performance we can get a point, which any of us lot would take I think. I'll go for 2-2 at full-time, Mata scoring and Suarez getting two."

An eventful half sees John Terry strike to put Chelsea in front but the Blues captain has since come off through injury. Can Liverpool get back into it in the second half? E-mails to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com

HALF TIME. Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0.

What a chance for Mata! Liverpool's defence is pulled apart as Mata storms forward, going for power rather than placement with the finish that results in his shot travelling over the bar.

Liverpool just can't find a way through Chelsea right now as an isolated Suarez takes on Cahill and loses out after covering from Ivanovic.

Webb blows his whistle for a tackle on Suarez, after Sterling initially should have had a free-kick after constantly nibbling from Mikel.

Five minutes of stoppage time is eventually announced.

Gerrard's shot skims through the Chelsea bodies, taking a touch off Cahill, which kills most of the pace on the ball, resulting in a simple save in end for Cech.

Mikel strides forward, but plays the wrong ball as he looks for Hazard but applies too much pace on the ball and it bobbles wide.

Azplicueta watches Suarez all the way, cutting off the Liverpool man's run as he sets away Chelsea on the front foot once more.

Allen neatly takes over from Ramires, and draws a foul from Oscar to win a free-kick. Enrique originally loses out to Oscar, but tracks back admirably, making up plenty of ground before winning back the ball with a good tackle.

A combination of Chelsea players manage to clear away from the corner, with the Reds enjoying a positive spell of attack here.

Suarez show immense composure to hold up the ball at the byline, with Ivanovic all over him, eventually conceding a corner.

Cahill makes his way on to the pitch as Terry is stretchered off.

The stretcher is on and Roberto Di Matteo looks on with concern as he prepares to replace his stricken captain.

Replays show Suarez accidentally tumbled right into Terry's leg and this could very well be the end of the Chelsea defender's game here.

A top drawer tackle from Gerrard prevents Chelsea moving forward, with Suarez taking over. The striker then clatters into Terry, and the Chelsea captain has gone down in agony as play is halted.

Johnson swings the ball across the park to find Enrique, but he nudges too far ahead of the Chelsea back line and the linesman raises his flag.

Chelsea are starting to look menacing in possession, as they press patiently in Liverpool's half for the time being waiting to strike.

Torres trips Sterling, with the youngster looking extremely lively in this opening half and hour. Enrique breaks moments later down the left, with his cross cleared by Ivanovic.

Sterling ventures down the left, but Allen again loses out as Ramires leads Chelsea forward. Mata breaks to the byline but Jones smothers the ball superbly to end the threat.

Allen is set away by Gerrard, before Ramires misses his intended interception down the right and Liverpool win a throw-in deep in Chelsea's half.

Great save from Jones. Hazard's tremendous run forward results in Torres being played through, whose right footed shot is parried expertly by the Reds keeper.

Sterling finds space on the right after Allen advances, but as the ball is played back to Agger, he goes for goal with an ambitious effort that lands some way over the bar.

Johnson can't find the run of Suarez inbetween Terry and Ivanovic, as Bertrand stands firm to prevent the delivery from entering the box.

Allen is reprimanded for a foul on Hazard and Chelsea have another free-kick from 30 yards out. This time though, Jones claims Mata's delivery solidly.

Terry is completely unmarked from a Chelsea corner, and he strolls in to power a header past Jones at the near post. 1-0 to the Blues!


Chelsea win a free-kick 30 yards, and Ivanovic fancies his chances, but despite packing a punch, his effort only ends up with the fans behind goal.

Enrique has started extremely well as he deals with the threat of Oscar before hussling the ball out of play for a Reds goal kick. Fine work from the Reds man.

Oscar and Suarez battle for control of the ball, and eventually the Liverpool man wins out. He then looks for Sterling who is neutralised excellently by Ramires.

Enrique plays in Sterling down the left, but the forward sets off too early and the offside flag is raised.

Ivanovic sprays a poor ball wide, and Liverpool resume possession with both teams starting relatively well so far.

Torres glides past two players beuatifully, before Azplicueta's forward run nearly sees a pull back for Mata as Agger throws himself in the way.

Johnson v Bertrand sees its first of what will surely be many tough battles today, and the first encounter results in a corner for Liverpool.

Gerrard keeps the ball alive for Johnson as Liverpool probe in Chelsea's half looking for an opening.

Sterling takes the ball away from Mata wonderfully, but he runs into trouble in the form of Mikel who makes the tackle.

Torres looks to charge through the centre of Liverpool but Enrique tracks him back, making the challenge to dispossess the striker.

Lovely work from Aspilicueta, who gets near the byline before strong defending from Enrique sees the ball flick back off the Chelsea player for a Reds goal-kick.

Great chance for the Blues. Allen is caught in possession and Hazard feeds in Oscar whose shot on goal is expertly saved by Jones.

Enrique's sprayed ball to the far post draws a solid punch from Cech, as Johnson lurked hoping for a mistake for the Chelsea keeper.

Liverpool keep the ball well until a pass from Sahin takes a touch off Mikel and now Chelsea retain the ball in their own half.

Suarez feeds in Agger past Terry, and as the two centre-backs collide, there are brief claims for a penalty but it would have been a harsh one against the Chelsea man.

Liverpool's left side looks an interesting combination today, with Sterling and Enrique linking up before the former fouls Azplicueta.

Liverpool kick off and get the game underway.

Dylan writes: "Tough game for both sides, but the difference between the two is that Chelsea manage to grind out results whereas Liverpool are stuttering and stumbling. As a life-long Liverpool fan, it is so frustrating that they just can't seem to get half-decent starts to their campaigns. But I'm always confident as the Reds do perform in big games... 2-1 Liverpool."

Paul Jarrett writes: "Well I think today is going to be the day that the ex-Liverpool player is going to find his form, as a Chelsea fan, I see the reds taking the lead but a goal rush from Fernando will seal it for the Blues."

Akshet Shetty writes: "I honestly think that Liverpool's only chance of scoring will come through Luis Suarez. Love him or hate him, he is a great player. But I think Allen will not be able to handle Oscar, Mata and Hazard. And that will be the difference. 2-1 Chelsea."

The Blues are 10/11 favourites to beat Liverpool (14/5), who have struggled to find their rhythm so far this term. However, the Reds do have a decent record against Chelsea , having lost just two of their last 11 Premier League games, and winning the last four. The draw is available at 13/5 and a repeat of last season's scoreline - a 2-1 Liverpool victory - is 10/1. Chelsea have also conceded the opening goal in their last two home games at Stamford Bridge and Reds striker Luis Suarez is 13/2 to bag first and add to that statistic.

The referee for the encounter is Howard Webb.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Sterling, Sahin, Jose Enrique, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Fernandez Saez.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Cahill.

John Terry finally makes his return from his racism ban. Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo recalls his captain for this afternoon's clash, partnering him with Branislav Ivanovic in central defence, as Cesar Azpilicueta returns at right-back. Jose Reina failed a late fitness test for Liverpool, who recall virtually all of their big guns after Thursday's Europa League defeat at Anzhi Makhachkala, although Jamie Carragher keeps his place, while Glen Johnson returns from injury. David Luiz later tweeted he has missed today's game because of tonilitis.

Good afternoon one and all and welcome to Chelsea v Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League. Team news will be updated shortly, if you'd like to drop me a line today you can send an e-mail to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com

Kick-off is 1600 GMT.

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