Tactical changes give Liverpool share of spoils at Chelsea

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Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Premier League
Sunday, 11th November 2012

Liverpool came from behind to share the points with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Suarez goal at Chelsea

The Reds goal came from Luis Suarez’s eighth League goal of the season, with the Uruguayan forward heading home from close range after Jamie Carragher’s flick on at a corner in the 73rd minute.

Suarez’s goal cancelled out John Terry’s headed opener, again from a corner, during a first-half which saw Liverpool struggle to get any attacking momentum.

Brendan Rodgers had opted to give Carragher his first League start of the season at the heart of a three man defence, with Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique as wing backs.

Tactical changes by Rodgers midway through the second half, bringing on the lively Suso for the ineffective Nuri Sahin and switching Johnson to the left side with Enrique more advanced, gave Liverpool better attacking options and stopped Chelsea running the midfield.

It was Liverpool who had chances to win the match late on, Suarez going clear but just losing his touch as Petr Cech rushed out, then Enrique’s last minute shot after superb work by the ever-impressive Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool will be the happier of the two teams, especially given their first-half display.

The Reds remain thirteenth but are unbeaten in six League games, they face Wigan at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool: Jones; Wisdom, Carragher, Agger; Johnson, Allen, Sahin (Suso 60), Gerrard, Enrique; Sterling, Suarez.
Subs not used: Gulacsi, Cole, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry (Cahill 39), Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar (Moses 77), Torres (Sturridge 82).
Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Romeu, Marin.

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: 41,627

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