Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side have every chance of winning at Stamford Bridge next week in their finely-balanced Capital One Cup semi-final.
The first leg finished 1-1 at Anfield after Raheem Sterling cancelled out Eden Hazard's penalty but the visitors had to withstand a barrage in the second half which was kept out by the excellent Thibaut Courtois.
Such a performance has given Rodgers and his side high hopes for the return leg and with striker Daniel Sturridge potentially available after a long injury absence the odds may just be evened up slightly.
"They will probably feel happy with the draw because we definitely deserved to win," said Rodgers.
"They had one shot on target, which was the penalty. It was an outstanding team performance and sets it up perfectly for the second leg.
"You would expect Chelsea to open up more playing at home and that will suit us even more.
"There is absolutely no doubt we can go to the second leg and get the performance we need and we will have confidence in that."
Sturridge's thigh problem has kept him out since August 31 but in his absence Sterling has done a decent job and he took his goal brilliantly.
"It was very good. The rest has done him the world of good. He was outstanding," added Rodgers.
"He has that ability to run in behind but he can also exploit the space in front of the defender.
"His speed was frightening to get in and finish of his left side, it was a wonderful goal and he certainly deserved that for his performance."
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
1/22 Simon Mignolet
Could do little with Hazard’s spot-kick but quick off line to halt Costa in opening seconds of second period. Less busy of the Belgian keepers. 6/10
2/22 Emre Can
Played again in unorthodox position and gave Hazard opportunity to tumble and earn penalty. Stuck to task well thereafter and got forward. 6
3/22 Martin Skrtel
Led and cajoled his centre-back partners through a testing night and made a crucial challenge on Costa in the closing minutes to preserve draw for hosts.6
4/22 Mamadou Sakho
Relished muscular battle with Costa and rightly allowed to play on after Spanish-Brazilian went down easily outside area. Growing into the team.6
5/22 Lazar Markovic
Collapsed to ground in heap to earn Luis booking. Could not be faulted for lack of effort or application – but had little overall impact on proceedings.6
6/22 Jordan Henderson
Drove forward when chances arose and presented Chelsea with problems with his passing. Made Courtois work with strong shot from 20 yards.7
Remained back to allow Gerrard and Henderson to press on. Almost played Sterling through before the interval. Carded for bringing down Hazard.6
8/22 Alberto Moreno
Stationed further forward and never stopped running all night. Saw cross blocked by Willian. Fouled by Mikel but offered Reds help at both ends.6
9/22 Steven Gerrard
Tested Courtois with swerving effort and struck post after break before being replaced in forceful showing. Booked for chopping down Hazard.7
10/22 Philippe Coutinho
Fine ball through to Sterling was intercepted by Cahill and was main attacking threat behind Sterling as Reds sought to earn first-leg advantage.7
11/22 Raheem Sterling
So that’s what a break in Jamaica can do... Darted around but struggled to make an impact before driving through heart of Chelsea’s back line to level.8
12/22 Thibaut Courtois
Returned to side for first time since defeat at Spurs. Fine tip over from Gerrard and also Coutinho and Lallana. Strong handling and left exposed for Sterling goal.8
13/22 Branislav Ivanovic
Has rivalled Fabregas for assists in recent games and got forward well but was found lacking in defence. Often left others to make up ground for him.5
14/22 Gary Cahill
Struggled for form in recent weeks but made vital interception to stop Coutinho’s through ball. Failed to halt Sterling for equaliser.6
15/22 John Terry
Kept a lot busier than Saturday’s cakewalk of a match at Swansea. Troubled by trickery of a rested Sterling but kept focus as hosts turned up heat.6
16/22 Filipe Luis
Harshly censured after Markovic made most of his flailing arm. Shot over from outside area and was another to struggle with Reds’ intensity after half-time.6
17/22 John Obi Mikel
Nigerian brought back into team to allow Fabregas to move forward but does not offer same presence as the Spaniard. Lacking in composure. 6
18/22 Nemanja Matic
Kept ball flowing as Chelsea relied on counter-attack for their chances. Lost Sterling for the goal but his physicality added to an out-of-sorts defence.6
Pacy Brazilian was left to bail out Ivanovic on more than one occasion and his work rate put a few of his colleagues to shame. Taken off near the end.7
20/22 Cesc Fabregas
Deployed further forward in the hole behind Costa and linked up to great effect with Hazard in opening exchanges. As with rest of team, wilted after interval.6
21/22 Eden Hazard
Intelligent in possession but often a marked man. Enjoyed more spot-kick success than countryman Mirallas had in same city the previous night.7
22/22 Diego Costa
Not his best night. Fortunate to escape handball on stroke of half-time. Went close immediately after break but denied by rapidity of Mignolet.6
After hammering Swansea 5-0 at the weekend Mourinho expected more from his side, especially after they took the lead.
"Obviously Liverpool didn't deserve to lose but I go (away) frustrated," he said.
"We had lots of situations where we recovered the ball and were facing a three defenders tactical system with lots of space to counter-attack.
"Eden (Hazard), Willian and Diego (Costa) were in great positions but we missed so many passes.
"Exactly the opposite that happened against Swansea. Against Swansea, recover the ball, the right pass and choice and counter-attack.
"It was fantastic defensive work, recover the ball against a very good team with creative players, fast players, but we were not efficient in the transition. To score only one goal frustrates me.
"But to transform the two-leg semi-final into a one-leg semi-final with that leg at Stamford Bridge is obviously better for us."