Liverpool vs Chelsea: 5 Talking Points
Liverpool and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday night to share the spoils in what was an evenly contested Premier League clash at Anfield. Both goals - from Mohamed Salah for Liverpool and Willian for Chelsea - came in the second half with the Blues earning a point with only five minutes to go.
The result sees Jurgen Klopp extend his unbeaten run against Chelsea to five games (2 wins and 3 draws) but his side are now in danger of slipping to sixth place if Sunday's results don't go their way. Defending champions Chelsea remain in third place - eight points behind league leaders Manchester City (who have a game in hand).
Here are the major talking points from the game.
#1 Liverpool field a conservative starting lineup
Fans hoping for an exciting encounter against two traditional Premier League rivals were left disappointed when the starting lineups were announced. Jurgen Klopp had left out both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, opting to go with former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge up front and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left.
The idea was to stop Chelsea on the counter-attack since Antonio Conte had deployed them in a 3-5-2 to increase numbers in midfield.
The Reds' midfield also saw James Milner slot in on the right side with the job of not only advancing the ball but also breaking up play when Chelsea countered. Although he turned over possession a couple of times early on and was dribbled past on a couple of occasions - once in his own half - he did manage to make four successful tackles to stop the Blues.
Even when Klopp made substitutions, it was to bring on Georginio Wijnaldum so he could play Salah up top while maintaining control in midfield. That control was lost when Conte reacted by bringing on two wingers to spread the game out wide and create goalscoring opportunities.