Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Premier League, Anfield
January 31, 2017
Goals: David Luiz 24′, Giorginio Wijnaldum 51′
Liverpool started off with intensity and direction in the opening stages but Thibaut Courtois was rarely troubled as Chelsea defended with solidity.
The Reds were dealt a blow when a controversial free-kick was put away superbly by Luiz after 24 minutes to give Chelsea the lead.
Fans were becoming frustrated as Liverpool lacked threat in attack but Wijnaldum’s goal shortly after the half-time break lifted them.
The Reds continued to search for a winner but Chelsea were awarded a penalty in the second-half which threatened to put the game to bed.
Simon Mignolet made up for his earlier error by producing a fine save to deny Diego Costa but Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw despite an exciting final few minutes.
Chelsea’s controversial opening goal had fans fuming over Mignolet for the majority of the first half…
Yes, ref blew his whistle. Shocking concentration from Mignolet. Shouldn't have been a free kick, but no excuse for switching off
— Andy Wales ?? (@AndyArmchair) January 31, 2017
I knew they'd get revenge for Aurelio's free kick eventually!
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) January 31, 2017
That goal was 100% down to Mignolet not paying attention & Sideshow Bob caught him with his pants down. Still time to turn it around #LFC
— Craig Houlden (@AnfieldAgenda) January 31, 2017
Roberto Firmino came under criticism and his early miss in the second-half didn’t help his case…
One of most well spurned chances I've seen that, from Firmino.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) January 31, 2017
Mane’s introduction produced one of the biggest reactions…
Sadio Mane bringing back much needed balance to our right hand side already.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) January 31, 2017
— Liam ? (@LiamLFCButler) January 31, 2017
Mane to score the winner.
— KC (@4eyedSphinx) January 31, 2017
But when Mignolet saved Diego Costa’s penalty fans were ecstatic…
Good save by Mignolet who benefitted from looking at the shot as it was taken. That could catch on.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) January 31, 2017
We love you now mignolet ?
— Jonathan (@JCLFC_) January 31, 2017
Great save Migs. About time we had some luck in this match!
— Liverpool To My Core ?????? (@LFC_Belief) January 31, 2017
Before the game many would have taken a draw but some couldn’t help feeling slightly disappointed at full-time…
That is a great result for #LFC. Coming from behind against that opponent after the recent run is huge. Have to build on this now.
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) January 31, 2017
Good point following a bad spell. Firmino had the chance to steal all three points for us but today was much better from Liverpool.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) January 31, 2017
I will take that. Really spirited second-half. Still a LONG way to go this season. Henderson MOTM by far for me.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) January 31, 2017
Still unbeaten against the top 6.
— Neil (@Neil_LFC) January 31, 2017
Once again it's an inability to convert chances, open and easy chances, that costs 2 points
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) January 31, 2017
It's a point picked up where other teams dropped them, no matter what chanced were missed. Good results all things considered
— Alex Barilaro (@Alex_Barra12) January 31, 2017
Spirit's back, Mane back, Coutinho getting fitter and 1 point off 2nd. Light at the end of the dark tunnel of January.
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) January 31, 2017
The worst of months we've had in January and we are still 4th. good result to stop the rot, onto the next game. ynwa
— andygermon.ynwa (@germona) January 31, 2017
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