CHELSEA LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK Hello and welcome to this afternoon's coverage of Chelsea's meeting with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel's side are looking to salvage their listing title challenge following a disappointing December, while the visitors can leapfrog their rivals and go second with a win.
Premier League / Matchday 21
Stamford Bridge / 02.01.2022
Now that you've had time to catch your breath, here's our take on the game.
Chelsea roar back from two down to draw with Liverpool
End of 2nd Half
NO WINNERS AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Despite the second half being played at the same manic tempo as the first, neither side could find a winning goal. Chelsea are now 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City, who will be quietly pleased with this result, while Liverpool remain third.
Tsimikas gets past Mount on the left and wins a corner for Liverpool but, having taken it himself, he fails to get his delivery past the first defender.
LIVERPOOL MAKE THIRD SUBSTITUTION
Mane comes off, with Curtis Jones replacing him.
Pulisic wins another corner from Tsimikas and Alonso whips in a good delivery, but Liverpool just about get it clear.
There are blue shirts buzzing menacingly around the box now, with Liverpool dropping deeper and deeper. Chelsea win a corner and Rudiger gets on the end of it, but glances his header wide.
Hudson-Odoi races down the right flank only to be nudged over by Konate, who sees yellow.
CHANCES AT BOTH ENDS
Chelsea win a free kick and Mount slams it into the wall, only to call Kelleher into action on the follow-up. Liverpool go up the other end and Mane almost gets in behind, but Mendy goes into sweeper keeper mode to clear up.
ANOTHER CHANGE FOR CHELSEA
As it turns out, that was Havertz's last act of the game. He comes off for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
There's a coming-together between Havertz and Ibrahima Konate which leaves the latter crumpled on the turf. Havertz caught him with an elbow, but escapes without a booking.
TUCHEL MAKES A CHANGE
... with Chalobah coming off for Jorginho, which could see Chelsea switch from a back three to a back four.
JOTA OFF, OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN ON
Liverpool make a double substitution, Jota and James Milner swapping out for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita respectively.
TSIMIKAS FIRES WIDE
Liverpool win a corner and it falls for Salah, who tees up Tsimikas on the edge of the area. He looks to rifle a shot into the far corner, but it streaks wide of the post.
Pulisic gets a shot away in the area only for Kelleher to show impressive reflexes, pushing it up into the air before gathering as it falls back to earth.
MANE GOES CLOSE!
Mane plays a quick one-two with Salah before dancing past Thiago Silva and forcing Mendy into another save. Both sides are playing at a furious tempo at the moment.
Jota wins the ball in midfield and picks out Salah, who sees Mendy off his line and almost catches him out from 30 yards. The Chelsea keeper backpedals at speed and makes a desperate save.
Rudiger rises highest at a corner, but he fails to fully connect with his header and Liverpool manage to scramble the ball clear.
Jota runs onto a good pass from Fabinho and forces Mendy into a diving save, but the offside flag was raised regardless.
ALONSO GOES CLOSE!
Kante starts a move which ends with Alonso cutting inside on the left and unleashing a shot which rises over the crossbar.
Will the second half be as frantic at the first? We can only hope so.