Premier League

10-Man Chelsea Hold Liverpool to a 1-1 Draw at Anfield

Mudeet Arora
Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield with 10 men
Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield with 10 men / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Reigning European champions Chelsea earned an unlikely point at after surviving the entire second half with 10-men against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Kai Havertz handed the Blues the lead in the 22nd minute with a looping header over Alisson Becker.

Reece James was sent off for a hand-ball before Mohamed Salah converted the resultant penalty to hand the Reds the equalising goal right at the end of the first half.

Liverpool spent almost the entirety of the second period in Chelsea's half, but an inspired Blues' defence and Edouard Mendy proved their mettle on the day.

Earlier, Thomas Tuchel was forced into a half-time defensive change as Thiago Silva was introduced to marshall the Blues' defence, and he did exactly that for the remainder of the game.

Harvey Elliott was Liverpool's most visible attacker on the day, but he too could not do much when it came to the will-power of Chelsea's defence on the night.

Mason Mount effectively chased and defended the whole game.

Romelu Lukaku spent large parts of the game in isolation, and when he finally got a chance to make an impact in the game, his shot on goal was blocked by Joel Matip.

Salah and Jota had a couple of late attempts but Chelsea had effectively shut shop by then as they earned their point at Anfield.