Premier League – John Terry and Steven Gerrard net in Chelsea-Liverpool draw
Premier League, Stamford Bridge – Chelsea 1 (Terry 5) Liverpool 1 (Gerrard 44).
Gerrard had been subject to the usual derogatory chants and signs mocking his infamous slip last season, but was actually applauded off the pitch by the home fans when subbed off by Brendan Rodgers.
The celebratory atmosphere seemed to overawe Liverpool’s players, who allowed Chelsea to impose themselves on proceedings.
Terry headed the home side into an early lead from a Cesc Fabregas corner, and they had opportunities to double their advantage, carving Liverpool out numerous times down the right hand side.
They should have gone into the second half ahead, but lax marking from a Jordan Henderson free kick gave Gerrard a free header from six yards out to level maters.
Both sides came close to winning the game through Philippe Coutinho and Cesc Fabregas, but it finished honours even.
Liverpool are now six points behind fourth placed Manchester United, who have a +14 superior goal difference, with two games of the season remaining.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), buteur à Chelsea
5’ TERRY GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool – John Terry heads Chelsea in front from the resulting corner. He pulls round the back over Lambert and Lovren past Mignolet and Gerrard into the bottom corner. Disastrous start for Liverpool.
44’ GERRARD GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool – Steven Gerrard equalises for Liverpool! Jordan Henderson’s free kick finds the captain unmarked in the six yard box at the far post and it’s an easy finish for him. Game on!
49’ COUTINHO SHOT – Liverpool so close to taking the lead here. Raheem Sterling slaloms through the Chelsea defence, reaches the byline on the left hand side and feeds Coutinho whose first time shot ripples the side netting. Better from the Reds.
76’ SKRTEL BLOCK – Martin Skrtel with an excellent block to deny Cesc Fabregas a goal with the Spaniard in acres of space in the box.
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard’s last two Premier League goals have been headers. Only one of his previous 26 were with his head.
Steven Gerrard scored his 119th Premier League goal, overtaking Michael Owen as Liverpool’s second highest goalscorer in the competition.
Cesc Fabregas now has 18 assists this season, the most he’s ever managed in a single Premier League campaign.
John Terry now has 39 Premier League goals, more than any other defender.
Liverpool need more pace – For the first 15 minutes of the second half, and at various points in the first half, Liverpool looked like they could carve open Chelsea’s defence. Pace and penetration is a gospel of Brendan Rodgers’, but with Rickie Lambert up front they just didn’t have quite enough of it. A fit Daniel Sturridge, or a quicker striker, and Liverpool could have turned a point into all three this afternoon.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool): In a game lacking stand-out performers, the Brazilian was the most dangerous on the pitch and came close to winning it in the second half.
CHELSEA: Courtois 7, Ivanovic 7, Zouma 6, Terry 7, Filipe Luis 6, Mikel 6, Loftus-Cheek 6, Willian 7, Fabregas 7, Hazard 6, Remy 6. Subs: Cahill 6, Matic 6, Cuadrado 5.
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet 7, Johnson 6, Lovren 7, Skrtel 7, Can 7, Gerrard 7, Coutinho 7, Henderson 7, Lallana 6, Sterling 7, Lambert 5. Subs: Sinclair 6, Ibe 6, Lucas 5.