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Chelsea vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League result and reaction as points are shared at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: Axel Disasi cancelled out Luis Diaz’s opener to ensure the teams each picked up a point

Michael Jones
Sunday 13 August 2023 19:07 BST
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De Zerbi has 'already forgotten' Moises Caicedo as Chelsea and Liverpool fight for midfielder

Chelsea and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge as the momentum swung between the two sides in an electrifying first half.

Liverpool started as the stronger side and completed a wonderful team move from their own box to play Mo Salah into space on the right wing. He curled a fine pass to the back post where Luis Diaz arrived to poke in the opening goal. Salah himself then had a second goal chalked off for the slighest of offsides before Chelsea started to respond.

A recycled cross from a corner allowed debutant Axel Disasi to scoop the ball past Alisson for the equaliser and Ben Chilwell believed he had the Blues in front with a fine finish just minutes later only for his effor to also get ruled out for an offside.

The second half saw Chelsea dominate the ball and create a couple more chances. Nicolas Jackson looks to be a solid centre-forward but needs to work on his finishing as a couple of opportunities went begging. In the end the teams couldn’t be separated and the match ended all square.

Relive the action from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea drew with Liverpool:

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Chelsea and Liverpool serve up entertaining glimpse of football without defensive midfielders

If only there were two Moises Caicedos. Chelsea and Liverpool have a shared willingness to pay in excess of £100m and if the battle for his services will be conducted off the field, his suitors showed why each wants him by providing a glimpse of the holes in their midfields.

Yet, with the expensive Ecuadorian lingering in limbo, the absence of a specialist defensive midfielder on either side added to the entertainment. In a fixture where Claude Makelele and Javier Mascherano used to prowl, snuffing out danger, in a meeting of teams whose previous four clashes had ended goalless, 1-1 felt a deceptive scoreline. Each had a goal disallowed by the most fractional of offsides. It could have been 2-2, perhaps 3-3.

None of which brought the statement result either required to consign last season’s underachievement – grievous in Chelsea’s case, mitigated in Liverpool’s – to the past. But Mauricio Pochettino’s reign at Stamford Bridge began with early evidence it will be better than Graham Potter’s failed project and Frank Lampard’s second coming, and not merely because it could scarcely be any worse. Chelsea lacked spirit last season and mustered a response here. They were too ponderous last year and played with more pace now.

Chelsea and Liverpool trial football without defensive midfielders

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: Both teams are desperate to sign Brighton’s Moises Caicedo and they showed why in a wild draw played out with holes in the middle of the pitch

Mike Jones13 August 2023 18:55
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Chelsea defender Axel Disasi speaking to Sky Sports: “Chilly [Ben Chilwell] yesterday he told me that I will score today so I’m very happy, very proud of the team because in the second half we played good football and I think we deserved to win. It is good for the future.

“I like to stay in the box when we attack. Today I have the chance to score so it’s good for me and the team so I hope in future I will score lots of goals.”

Mike Jones13 August 2023 19:07
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Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell spoke to Sky Sports after the game saying: “In the first half an hour, Liverpool were the better team and then we conceded. When the second one went in and it was disallowed, we got a bit of a boost. We turned it around and the confidence started to come and then we started to play the rest of the game as the manager wanted.

“We did set pieces the day before the game as you usually do and he was put all the deliveries away. I said he would score, he said he would love to so we manifested it.

“I haven’t seen it back [his disallowed goal] but to be fair I thought I was offside so I didn’t know what was going on behind me. I was just delighted to score, I didn’t even contemplate that it would be offside. Obviously I made the most of the celebration and then unfortunately was offside.

“We had a lot more frustrating draws last season. This game was frustrating but in a different way because we were the better team. We created chances, the effort was brilliant but we just couldn’t get that final goal. I should have scored in the second half as well so I was annoyed about that.”

Mike Jones13 August 2023 19:04
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Here’s the post match reaction from Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk, who told Match of the Day: “We want to make things right. We had a very good 20-25 minutes, with and without the ball, and scored a good goal. After the disallowed goal they came into it.

“We defended quite well in my opinion. It is not easy. Overall it was a very good game that could have gone either way. We take the point.

“Very good. I am very impressed with the guys [the new signings], as a human being coming to a new club, it is good how they are coming in. Our group is a very family friendly club.

“On the pitch their quality spoke for itself. I am very happy with them, the transfer window is not closed yet so let’s see if we can make a couple more additions to make the squad as strong as possible this season.”

Mike Jones13 August 2023 19:00
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Luis Díaz’s opener for Liverpool was the first goal in 483 minutes in this fixture; the previous four matches between these sides had ended goalless, with two going to extra-time.

Mike Jones13 August 2023 18:49
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Honours even at Stamford Bridge. A good start to the season for Mauricio Pochettino?

Mike Jones13 August 2023 18:45
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Mo Salah scored in the last six opening fixtures of a season for Liverpool but that run came to an end today. He had his goal disallowed but his pass for Luis Diaz’s opener was superb.

Salah has now contributed to nine goals in his last seven games in the Premier League (three goals, six assists).

Mike Jones13 August 2023 18:42
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Chelsea vs Liverpool player ratings: Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling sparkle in wild draw

Chelsea and Liverpool played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as their Premier League seasons began.

Luis Diaz scored a well-worked goal in the first half for Liverpool before Chelsea hit back through new centre-back Axel Disasi, who pounced on the ball in the box. Both sides had goals ruled out as they went on to share the points in an open and often chaotic encounter.

Here is how the players rated:

Chelsea vs Liverpool player ratings: Salah and Sterling sparkle in draw

Chelsea and Liverpool shared the spoils in an open game to kick off their Premier League campaigns

Mike Jones13 August 2023 18:39
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Chelsea will be the happier of the two teams, they came from behind to earn a point and could have had three.

They were the more composed and attacking side with Mauricio Pochettino setting the foundations to build this team into one that can compete at the top of the table.

Liverpool flew out of the blocks but looked nervous as they were put under pressure defensively. Jurgen Klopp will be happy to take a point away from Stamford Bridge but there’s work to do for the Reds’ boss as he attempts to reshape his team into title contenders once again.

Mike Jones13 August 2023 18:33
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90+5 mins: The points are shared. Mykhailo Mudryk has the chance to win it for Chelsea but he’s running to quickly on the counter-attack to be able to get a shot away inside the box.

The whistle goes to end this fascinating encounter with the Blues and the Reds settling for a point apiece.

Mike Jones13 August 2023 18:30

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