F/T: Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2

FT: Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2.

What an incredible ending to the game. The morning papers will reflect on a bite from Suarez on Ivanovic earlier in the game, but following Sturridge's supreme defence-splitting ball, Suarez slips in and heads Liverpool level with the last kick of the game.


Suarez goes for glory with a smashing shot towards the top corner, but it's a simple save in the end for Cech and that may be it here at Anfield

Yet another chance for Liverpool, albeit a harder one for Henderson, who tries to control Suarez's flick but can only stab the ball aimlessly wide.

It's Shelvey that the corner falls to, but given his form since his arrival he was probably the last person Reds fans wanted to see collect the ball as he fires wildly into the crowd from 20 yards.

Shelvey wins Liverpool a corner as the Kop roars Liverpool on to secure a late equaliser.

There are six minutes added time to be played.

Late Chelsea change as Mata is replaced by Lampard.

Benayoun aims a powerful ball in for Torres, but the striker was left with a lot to do and Carragher lets it roll to Reina as Liverpool begin again from the back for their next attack.

Bertrand is tackled by Sturridge, and it wasn't a great one, but Liverpool play on, win themselves a corner and Chelsea are left vehemently unhappy as a result.

Torres appeals for a penalty as he tussles with Carragher, but the referee waves away his claims before Gerrard draws a good save from Cech at the other end moments later.

What a miss. Henderson feeds in Shelvey as Chelsea are stretched, but the substitute fluffs his lines and drags his shot wide from 10 yards when the goal was gaping. A big moment in this match.

Shelvey plays the ball down the wrong side of Gerrard as the Liverpool captain surged forward, and the Reds could do with a spark of magic here as the fatigue looks to be setting in.

Oscar hobbles off following that tackle, as Moses takes the place of the stricken midfielder.

Shelvey needed just two minutes to get booked, with a late lunge on Oscar securing his place in the referee's notebook.

Shelvey is immediately in the thick of things as he wins Liverpool a throw-in, but after solid possesion from the Reds, Ramires reclaims before running into trouble in the form of Carragher.

Downing makes way for Liverpool as Shelvey replaces him.

Hazard heads off for Chelsea with ex-Red Benayoun taking to the field.

Sublime skill from Downing as he ghosts his way into the penalty box before firing a horrific left-footed shot near the corner flag.

Two successive Liverpool corners are cleared, before Enrique speculatively launches a cross/shot at goal from 30 yards which Cech sees all the way.

Suarez picks up the ball, skins at least three Chelsea players and eventually opens himself up to rifle a right-footed shot into Cech's arms. That would have been one of the goal of the season.

Sturridge had Suarez on the overlap, but his pass lacked the power to beat Luiz, who intercepted excellently to end the attack.

Sturridge plays in Suarez, but a heavy ball out wide to Downing gives him a lot to do. He gets a delivery in, but Azpilicueta clears at the far post and Chelsea rid the danger.

Hazard unleashes a thunderbolt from the edge of the box, with a Liverpool head steering the ball away from the top right corner.

Special play from Liverpool results in Lucas finding Gerrard just inside Bertrand, with the delivery seized upon early by Cech as Sturridge arrived at the back post.

With a pretty big wall in front of him, Suarez lets rip but it's a woeful effort that ends up drifting some way wide.

The corner comes to nothing, but as a second delivery is lifted in, Carragher falls under Luiz and despite his claims it should be a penalty, a free-kick on the edge of the box is the correct outcome.

Oscar carelessly gives the ball straight to Suarez as Liverpool advance, with Gerrard earning his side a corner following that Oscar blunder.

An awkward clearance from Reina is dealt with by Agger, with the sun seeming to trouble the Reds goalkeeper, before Carragher earns the sixth booking of th egame for a late tackle on Torres.

Mata carries the ball forward, but after finding Hazard, the return ball is poor and Reina gathers it at the edge of the penalty area.

Hazard works hard to carve a yard to shoot, but it's to no avail as he loses out, as does Torres, before Liverpool win a free-kick as Oscar looked to retrieve the ball from Lucas.

Suarez wins a handball appeal this time as Ramires illegally knocks the ball forward, but a quick free-kick from Gerrard lands in Cech's hands.

After a hefty delay, Hazard slots the ball to Reina's right as the Liverpool keeper dives the other way, Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2.


Penalty to Chelsea! Suarez handles during a Chelsea corner, which earns him a booking and the Blues have the chance to retake the lead from the spot.

Lucas catches the foot of Mata as the Spaniard charged away from him and another yellow card closely follows the last.

Azpilicueta is next in the referee's notebook for a handball.

It's a muted celebration from the ex-Chelsea striker, but his perfect touch from close range sees Suaresz's delightful ball steered home to make it 1-1, and it had been coming.


Luiz disputes the decision to give Liverpool a corner, but Suarez's hussling ensures it is given, with a push by Agger during the proceeding delivery ensuring a Chelsea free-kick.

Chelsea look to respond as Oscar and Torres see shots blocked, before terrific defending from Carrragher sees the ball hacked behind for a corner.

Three brilliant chances for Liverpool in 60 seconds, with one Sturridge strike saved, one hitting the post and a drive from Downing blazed narrowly wide.

A change to report made by Liverpool at the break with Sturridge coming on in place of Coutinho.

Liverpool get the action restarted.

Alam Sams gives his half time perspective, writing: "Not a classic by any means but the Blues are definitely worthy of the lead. Our midfield has been solid, Ramires has been awesome and when we lose the ball we go and get it back and that's been the main difference between the two teams."

HALF TIME. Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1.

One minute of added time to be played.

Carragher is forced to put the ball out under pressure from Torres as Chelsea seek to strike a second blow before half-time.

Downing is blocked in his tracks by Luiz, but Johnson collects the ball and takes on Bertrand, only for the Chelsea full-back to reclaim the ball expertly.

Great save from Cech as Suarez is fed in behind Luiz by Downing, unleashing a fierce shot at the near post that sees the Chelsea keeper make an excellent block.

Oscar does superbly to carve space for himself on the left, but after finding Ramires, his chip in towards Torres is cleared by Agger.

Hazard is felled under Enrique but no foul is given, before Mata reclaims possession, feeding in Torres only for the swift Reina to spring out the traps and gather the ball.

Yellow card for Torres for unleashing an elbow on Carragher as both men vied for the ball.

Lucas looks to bend the ball into the ball of Downing, but the pace of the ball makes it impossible to meet and it's a Chelsea goal-kick.

Ramires chooses not to shot from range, and a neat passage of play comes to an end as Agger steps in on Torres. Had that have gone in it would have been sublime from Chelsea.

The pace of Coutinho ensures the ball is kept alive at the byline, but upon lifting it through to Suarez, the striker's poke towards the near post sees Cech claim.

A wasteful ball in from Downing sails over the heads of all concerned in the penalty area and the ball ends up rolling out for a Chelsea throw-in.

Luiz gets the final touch on Gerrard's delivery and Liverpool win a corner.

Luiz's free-kick takes an incredible bounce off Reina, who does well in the end to gather the spillage. As Liverpool then break shortly after, Henderson's wonderful flick takes him past Bertrand, but Cech rushes out to claim the loose ball.

Henderson collects the first booking of the game, tripping Ramires as he surged forward and Luiz will be liking the look of this free-kick.

The goal came against the run of play to an extent, but Chelsea look quite composed now as they knock the ball around in midfield.

A Mata corner is directed perfectly past Reina via the head of Oscar, who had a lot to do ahead of Carragher, and Chelsea take the lead at Anfield after 26 minutes.


Lovely link-up from Liverpool as Enrique begins and carries on a move involving Suarez, before the final cut-back from the striker just travels behind the full-back as Chelsea clear.

A rare Suarez slip sees Liverpool's attack break down, but the forward has otherwise looked a real threat around the final third so far.

Suarez takes another niggle from Mikel, with the Liverpool striker winning a free-kick for his side just on the edge of the halfway line.

Henderson looks for Downing with a volley from the other side of the field, but it doesn't come of and ends up the fans. A moment the midfielder will not like to look back on.

Reina is in the thick of the action once more, denying a stinging Ramires shot with a firm punch that sends the ball away from danger.

An awkward moment from Reina is dealt with well in the end from the Liverpool keeper, clearing the ball at the byline under pressure from Torres,

Suarez knocks the ball behind him to Henderson, who in turn wins Liverpool a corner. Luiz clears it as far as Downing, but the winger's drive from range is well wide.

Enrique crosses in, but Ivanovic is positioned to clear as Liverpool's attack is forced all the way to back their defence.

Ramires looks for a corner, but following his battle with Enrique, the Reds full-back chalks up another one-on-one success as a Liverpool goal-kick is given.

Sublime skill from Hazard takes him forward, with Oscar then found before the Brazilian aims a toe poke at the near post which is gathered comfortably by Reina.

Johnson and Luiz collide following a run from the Liverpool man, but as Luiz intercepts, a trip by Johnson sees Chelsea win the free-kick.

Chelsea remain yet to generate a full-blown attack, and as Enrique battles with Hazard, the Reds full-back wins the exchange and earns his side a throw-in.

Tidy play from Liverpool ends up with Coutinho delicately flicking the ball into Suarez's path, but Cech reads the situation and comes out promptly to meet the ball.

Suarez again plays a devilish clever ball forward, this time to Henderson, but it's slightly too far in front of the midfielder and the ball rolls into Cech's path.

Gerrard whips the ball in, but following a clearance, Henderson takes aim on the edge of the box and blazes the ball some way over the bar.

Suarez's tricky agility results in Mikel being drawn into making the foul. Liverpool free-kick from 25 yards out.

Good chance for the Reds, with Suarez slipping in Johnson behind Luiz only for the full-back to blow his first touch and poke the ball behind as Cech advanced.

Johnson concedes possession to Ramires, who is closed down upon retrieving the ball, with Torres then caught offside following Luiz's boot upfield.

Torres beats Agger to the bouncing ball, but as the defender falls awkwardly, a foul is wrongfully given against the Chelsea striker.

Johnson fires a clever ball in towards Coutinho at the far post as Liverpool start on the front foot, but the pace of the delivery makes it hard for the winger to make contact.

Chelsea kick off and get this crunch Premier League clash underway.

To a fairly warm welcome, Rafa Benitez arrives back into the Anfield atmosphere he experienced for six years and we're now moments away from kick-off.

Chris Green writes: "I've been looking forward to this match all week - if the likes of Suarez, Gerrard and Torres perform to their capabilities, then we're in for a cracker! This match will be a tough for Chelsea because coming to Anfield is never an easy. But if they perform like they did in midweek against Fulham, then I'm sure they'll bag all 3 points."

Nick Pring writes: "Chelsea can make life much easier by getting a result today! I think if Chelsea play their best, we can beat this average Liverpool team. Not quite sure I would have picked that team. The game screams for JT if you ask me, would have Ba for Torres too. I'm going for 2-1 to Chelsea, Mata and Torres to turn them over."

Rafa's return to Anfield sees the Blues rated a 12/5 shot for the three points and the perfect response to Tottenham's win over Man City. Liverpool are 23/10 with the draw at 5/2. Luis Suarez, a constant torment for Chelsea in recent years, is 5/1 to open the scoring and you can get 40/1 for him to strike first in a 2-0 home win. Fernando Torres is an 8/1 chance to score on his return to Merseyside.

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, on his first return to Anfield in opposition, names ex-Reds striker Fernando Torres in Chelsea's team. The Spain international retains his place from the midweek win over Fulham with three changes seeing Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel and Oscar return with veterans John Terry and Frank Lampard relegated to the bench. Liverpool's one alteration from the goalless draw at Reading last week results in former Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge being replaced by Stewart Downing.

Liverpool XI: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson; Downing, Suarez, Coutinho. Subs: Jones, Assaidi, Sturridge, Coates, Shelvey, Coady, Skrtel.

Chelsea XI: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Moses, Ferreira, Terry, Ba, Benayoun.

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to live coverage of Liverpool v Chelsea at Anfield. The Blues can reclaim third place in the Premier League with victory today, and they arrive at Merseyside in good form following a comprehensive 3-0 over Fulham midweek. Liverpool, meanwhile, can close to within three points of arch rivals Everton with a win and it is set up to be a cracker this afternoon. Send your messages throughout the afternoon to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365 and I'll publish the best ones.

Kick-off is at 1600 BST.

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