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November 11, 2012
• 11:00 AM
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 41627
J. Terry 20'
L. Suárez 73'
Luis Suarez's second half header cancelled out John Terry's early goal to give Brendan Rodgers a valuable point away at Chelsea. The hosts had chances to extend their lead through Oscar and Mata but failed to find the finishes needed. Liverpool had their own chances to win the game late on, so a draw is perhaps a fair result.
FULL-TIME: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
90' + 4'
BIG CHANCE! Sterling does magnificently to cut in from the right and the ball eventually comes to Enrique via Suarez. The Spaniard is unmarked inside the box and fires a decent shot at goal which Cech meets with an equally good save.
90' + 2'
Nervy moments for Liverpool. Chelsea continue to pass and probe. Azpilicueta delivers a decent cross into the box but it comes off Moses last and Liverpool regroup.
Four minutes of injury time to be added on.
Chelsea now piling the pressure on Liverpool late on. Hazard protects the ball from a couple of challenges before rifling a shot at goal. Jones was rooted to his spot but the shot was always rising over the bar.
What a chance! Suarez beats the offside trap and finds himself one-on-one with Cech. Credit to the keeper, he came flying off his line to smother the chance. Big moment.
Ivanovic gets his head on Mata's corner but, under pressure from Carragher, the Chelsea man can't keep his header down.
Suarez ambitiously attempts to catch out Cech from just past the halfway line. Decent effort in the end but Cech was never in any trouble.
Gerrard makes up for his earlier mistake with a great tackle on Mata followed by a super pass out to Sterling. The winger flies up the pitch and picks out Suso in the area. Unfortunately the substitute fluffs his shot inside the area.
Gerrard plays an awfully sloppy pass in midfield, allowing Sturridge to start an attack for Chelsea. Fortunately for the Reds, Chelsea seem to be all out of ideas.
Daniel Sturridge is coming on for Chelsea, and much to the amusement of the away fans, Di Matteo hauls off the unimpressive Fernando Torres.
Heading into the final 10 minutes and Liverpool are on the ascendancy. Chelsea have lost the rhythm in their passing; this could be Liverpool's for the taking.
Yellow Card John Obi Mikel
Suarez is almost in again! The Liverpool forward peels off Gary Cahill and almost brings down Gerrard's searching ball inside the area.
Ryan Betrand breaks forward from left-back but his cut back, looking for Mata in the area, is blocked by the Liverpool defence. Victor Moses is poised to come on for the Blues.
Assist Jamie Carragher
Goal Luis Suárez
GOAL! Luis Suarez comes to the rescue again for Liverpool. Jamie Carragher does brilliantly to flick on Gerrard's corner at the near post for Suarez to nod in at the back post. Game on at Stamford Bridge!
Wisdom earns a corner for the visitors after getting forward well to support Suarez in attack.
Juan Mata swings in a superb ball from a free kick on the right flank. Brad Jones pushes the ball onto John Obi Mikel and it somehow goes wide of the post.
Yellow Card Steven Gerrard
Joe Allen has a swipe from the edge of the area from a Liverpool corner. Chelsea manage to defend the danger and break with Eden Hazard. The Belgian eventually settles for a corner under pressure from Agger.
The game is really opening up now after the introduction of Suso. The Spanish youngster has given Liverpool another dimension in attack, but has also created some more space for Chelsea's midfield to operate in.
Glen Johnson goes on a great run towards the byeline but his cross fails to pick out a Liverpool forward in the box.
Great save! The free kick is headed towards goal by Fernando Torres and Jones reacts well to keep it out. A goalmouth scramble takes place following Jones' save, before the referee eventually stops the game as Steven Gerrard stayed down near the byeline.
Oscar displays his brilliant dribbling skills on the left flank by ghosting past a couple of challenges before being abruptly halted by Johnson's arm. The Liverpool defender goes into the book.
Yellow Card Glen Johnson
Mata lines up a left-footed shot from the edge of the box but sends it just wide of Brad Jones' far post. Good effort.
Promising move from the Reds. Johnson break into the Chelsea half and plays it across to Suarez, but he is penalised for using too much force to create a shooting position.
Yellow Card Joe Allen
Allen is caught on the ball by Torres, and the Welshman goes into Howard Webb's book for cynically dragging the Chelsea forward down.
Sterling and Enrique combine down the left flank but an offside flag ends Liverpool's attack. Much like the first half, Liverpool have started brightly.
Chelsea take the kick-off and we are back underway at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry's header separates the two sides at the break. Mata and Oscar both wasted great chances to further Chelsea's lead. Liverpool have enjoyed plenty of possession but have been very poor in the final third. The injury to Terry will give Brendan Rodgers hope that his side can turn this around.
HALF-TIME: Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
45' + 4'
What a miss! Right on half-time, Juan Mata has a glorious chance to double Chelsea's lead. The Spaniard picked up the ball in midfield, stepped past one defender and, with only the keeper to beat, lifted his shot over the bar.
45' + 1'
Five minutes of injury time at the end of the first-half because of the lengthy delay after Terry's injury.
Gerrard has a shot from the right flank but the ball rolls tamely into Cech's arms. The Liverpool skipper then tries to pick out Suarez with a ball over the top but the striker's first touch lets him down.
Liverpool keep attacking down the left with Jose Enrique but the Spaniard is having a torrid time against Azpilicueta. Raheem Sterling is being isolated in his more central role today.
Suarez dispossesses Ivanovic in the area and earns his side a corner. Chelsea seem a little bit stunned after Terry's injury. Just might be a good chance for Liverpool to get back into this match before the break.
So John Terry's comeback is ended prematurely. The Chelsea captain holds his head in his hands as he is carried off the field. Gary Cahill is on in his place.
Luis Suarez collides with John Terry and the Chelsea captain looks like he is in real trouble. He let out a loud scream as Suarez tumbled into his leg, and looks in agony as the doctors assess the situation.
Past the half-hour mark and Roberto Di Matteo's men look in firm control of this match. Liverpool are edging the possession stats with 66.5%, but they aren't doing much with the ball.
Allen takes a sloppy touch in the Chelsea half and suddenly the hosts are on the break. Mata carries the ball down the pitch but then picks out the wrong team-mate.
Double chance! Hazard breaks from midfield and feeds Torres, who forces a good save from Brad Jones. Hazard is there again for the rebound but he misfires his shot and it goes harmlessly wide.
Agger tries to make up for his error which led to Terry's goal with an ambitious effort from range which sails high and wide.
That early goal has given the hosts a boost in confidence. Liverpool, on the other hand, look slightly deflated after what was a promising start to the match.
Assist Juan Mata
Goal John Terry
GOAL! John Terry marks his comeback from suspension with a goal! It's a simple one from a corner which Rodgers won't want to see again. Terry evaded Agger in the box and simply nodded in Mata's delivery from a couple of yards out.
Oscar's chance the only notable moment in the opening exchanges. After a frantic start, Chelsea are beginning to dominate possession.
Chelsea are guilty of giving the ball away far too easily on numerous occasions so far. The midfield trio of Mata, Oscar and Hazard are yet combine in the Liverpool half.
A couple of corners for Liverpool which Cech deals with comfortably. The Czech keeper then does well to get the Blues straight out on the attack and only a poor pass from Torres prevents Oscar getting a shot away on goal.
Chelsea have come into the game now. Torres looks particularly lively has he tries to prove a point against his former side. Neither side are lacking any attacking ambition.
Big chance! Joe Allen is caught in possession in midfield and Chelsea are on the attack. Hazard turns on the ball and plays in Oscar, who has only the keeper to beat, but the Brazilian lifts his delicate chip over the bar. Early let-off for the Reds.
Liverpool pump the ball into the box and, with Johnson waiting in the area, Petr Cech is forced to rush off his line and punch clear.
Fine start to the game by Liverpool. They've kept the ball for the first three minutes and almost created a good chance as Daniel Agger found himself with the ball in the Chelsea box. Ivanovic did well to snuff out the chance.
The match is preceded by a minute's silence which is impeccably observed by both sets of fans. Liverpool take the kick-off and we are underway!
A win for Chelsea would take them back into second place, a point ahead of Manchester City and a point behind Manchester United. Liverpool currently sit in 13th; three points for the them could take them into the top half.
This fixture last season was all about Fernando Torres and how he would do against his former side. A year on and the focus has shifted to Luiz Suarez. The Uruguayan has the ability to exhilarate and infuriate in equal measure, and seems to have taken over from Steven Gerrard as the main man at Anfield.
Liverpool have dominated this fixture for the past two seasons, winning four out of four. If Brendan Rodgers can extend that impressive record today, it could be a landmark result and could kick start his fledgling Anfield revolution.
David Luiz takes to Twitter to explain his absence from the team today: "I'm sad! I wanted to play today, but I can't because of a tonsillitis. Come on Chelsea, you have my support!"
Glen Johnson and Jamie Carragher return to Liverpool's starting line-up, as Brendan Rodgers opts for three at the back with Jose Enrique and Johnson deployed as wing-backs. Andre Wisdom continues as one of the back three with Martin Skrtel ruled out with illness.
It's all change in the Chelsea defence. David Luiz and Ashley Cole miss out altogether and Gary Cahill drops to the bench. In come John Terry, David Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand, with Ivanovic shifting to centre-back.
Liverpool (3-5-2): Jones; Wisdom, Carragher, Agger; Johnson, Gerrard, Sahin, Allen, Enrique; Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Suso.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand; Mikel, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Romeu, Marin, Moses, Sturridge.
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