Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool RECAP: Incredible Sturridge equaliser cancels out Hazard goal

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Maurizio Sarri believes “genius” Eden Hazard has the hunger to become the best player in the world.

Chelsea boss Sarri admitted he is demanding “everything” from Hazard, urging the Belgium star to improve by 20 percent to become the world’s best footballer.

Asked if Hazard has the hunger and attitude to become the world’s best, Sarri replied: “I think so; I think so, but I have to find the right way.

“I think that he is for sure one of the best (players in the world), but I am absolutely convinced that he can improve.

“I think that we have seen only 75, 80 percent of his potential. So I think that if he’s able to improve he will be the best in the world.

“Hazard is on the pitch every day. I think he can do more in continuity, in intensity – not only in physical intensity but in the mental intensity.

“So I have to try to improve him because my feeling is he can improve more. So I want to try and improve him.

Virgil van Dijk aggravated a rib problem in the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Southampton last week and has not trained with the first team since, so Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip could start at the back.

Jurgen Klopp said: “Virgil is a world-class player, there’s no doubt about that. And if you miss a world class player, it’s always not cool.

“If Virgil is fit and can play, then he will play. But if not, then obviously we have options and that’s really good.

“We could play football before Virgil van Dijk and we can play football without Virgil van Dijk, thank God.”

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Express Sport brings you LIVE Premier League coverage from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Express Sport brings you LIVE Premier League coverage from Stamford Bridge (Image: GETTY)

CHELSEA 1-1 LIVERPOOL AS IT HAPPENED

20:00: Thanks for joining us this evening.

It’s getting tight at the top with four points separating the top five teams.

19:50: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told BT Sport: “The match was beautiful. I am happy with the performance, I am disappointed they scored in the last few minutes but I feel the draw is the right result.

“Hazard can score 40 goals this season, I really think this. He is a great player and a great man.

“We have started only two months ago I think [we are doing] very well. Maybe they [Liverpool] are one step ahead but I am starting to think we can recover in one season.”

19:45: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the BBC: “What a game, a spectacular football game.

“It was so deserved for Daniel [Sturridge], a really nice moment and I’m so happy for him.

“I think we made one mistake in the game leading to their goal. It’s difficult. We had chances, we played fantastic football. I love to win, but getting a point at Chelsea is good anyway. You can see how good Chelsea are but it is nice to see it again.

“I know we deserved that point at least so I’m happy with that.”

19:35: Goalscorer Daniel Sturridge told BT Sport: “It was a good goal, the boys worked tirelessly throughout the game and we were unlucky not to score in the first half.

“I’d like to think I’ve scored better goals but probably not. This one was a nice goal. It was all about getting the result.

“It’s a team game and I just give my best every minute I get. It’s important to keep pushing forward and have a positive outlook on how things are going.”

19:30: Liverpool’s James Milner told BT Sport: “It is the sign of a good team to keep on going. You would be worried if we were not creating chances but we kept creating chances and that is a positive.

“We saw that we are both good teams. It is early days and as far as we are concerned we take each day as it comes. There is quality all throughout the squad.”

19:25: Post-match reaction on a great game to come…

FULL TIME – CHELSEA 1-1 LIVERPOOL

90+4: Corner Chelsea. But it comes to nothing.

90+3: Foul on Barkley by Firmino. Chelsea free-kick…

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard celebrates his goal against Liverpool (Image: GETTY)

90: FOUR MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME…

88: GOAL CHELSEA 1-1 LIVERPOOL STURRIDGE

Incredible. Sturridge picks the ball up nearly 30 yards out and hits an unbelievable strike in the top corner.

What a strike!

86 Final Liverpool change – Milner off, Sturridge on.

85: Liverpool off target again as Keita shoots wildly. Time running out for the Reds.

84: Free kick to Liverpool after a foul on Mane. Shaqiri’s effort is comfortably saved by Kepa.

82: Alisson bails Wijnaldum out as he runs out of his goal and beats Morata to a short backpass

80: Final Chelsa change – Kovacic off, Barkley on.

78: Second Liverpool sub – Henderson off, Keita on.

76: Firmino gives the ball away. Moses breaks forward and his fouled by Milner. The Liverpool midfielder is booked.

74: Change for Chelsea as Moses replaces Willian.

73: Another chance for Liverpool and another goalline clearance. Milner dinks a ball to the back post and Firmino’s goalbound header is cleared by Luiz.

70: Chance for Liverpool as Robertson whips a ball across the area but Shaqiri sidefoots wide with his right foot. Should have done better.

69: Another Alisson save. This time from Kovacic’s effort from the edge of the box.

68: Hazard goes down in the box but no penalty is given.

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is substituted and shakes hands with manager Jurgen Klopp (Image: Reuters)

65: Liverpool follows that change with Salah off and Shaqiri on.

64: The first substitution of the game sees Morata come on for Giroud.

62: HUGE MOMENT – A quick free-kick by Chelsea put Hazard clear and in space. But Alisson makes a critical save to block.

59: Willian is played through the middle but is hunted down by Gomez and Van Dijk and the Liverpool duo get the ball clear. Unreal speed.

56: Top save by Kepa to deny Mane’s near post shot. Liverpool putting the pressure on.

52: Liverpool committing more men forward in the search for an equalizer. Could leave them vulnerable to Chelsea on the counter.

47: A Milner mistake puts Liverpool under pressure but he gets back to clear Hazard’s cross and then Van Dijk blocks Kovacic’s effort.

46: Play is back underway at Stamford Bridge.

HALF-TIME – CHELSEA 1-0 LIVERPOOL

45: Alexander-Arnold crosses into the box where Mane controls and hits an overhead-kick which goes over the bar.

41: Salah sloppy with his final ball again as he fails to pick out Firmino with a simple pass into the box.

39: First booking of the match goes to Mane after a foul on Hazard. Chelsea players not happy.

Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger in action with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (Image: Reuters)

38: Free kick to Liverpool in a dangerous position. Once again Chelsea deals with the set-piece.

32: Big chance for Liverpool. Salah gets in behind the Chelsea defense and rounds Kepa. But his tame right-footed shot is cleared on the line by Rudiger.

27: Seventh goal in eight games for Eden Hazard. Best player in the Premier League?

25: GOAL CHELSEA 1-0 LIVERPOOL HAZARD

Brilliant goal. Lovely one-touch football in the center of the park between Hazard, Jorginho and Kovacic.

The Real Madrid loanee then plays a defense-splitting pass to Hazard who has broken the Liverpool backline.

And Hazard shows great composure to finish coolly past Alisson.

22: the First big moment of the match. A lovely pass by David Luiz finds Willian but Alisson makes a vital block to deny his Brazil team-mate.

21: Salah gets clear down the right and comes in on his left foot but his pass to Firmino is well defended.

Eden Hazard

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates (Image: Reuters)

17: Milner finds Salah who lays the ball off to Firmino but his shot is blocked. The resulting corner is cleared by Chelsea.

14: Van Dijk nips in ahead of Giroud. Firmino then finds Mane but he slices an effort well wide.

12: Both teams are pressing each other at every opportunity. Really tight beginning to the game.

10: Chance for Liverpool. Arnold finds Salah, who nutmegs Rudiger but his shot is well wide.

5: First shot of the match on target and it’s from Mohamed Salah. Fortunately for Chelsea, it was straight at Kepa.

3: Cagey start by both teams as they look to make a fast start.

17:30: Kick off…

17:25: Warm-ups are done. The teams are out.

N'Golo Kante

Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson in action with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante (Image: Reuters)

17:15: Eden Hazard reveals to BT Sport he nearly left the club this summer: “I will tell you the truth. After the World Cup I wanted to leave, it’s my dream to play in Spain.”

17:00: 30 minutes till kick-off at Stamford Bridge.

Man City hit the front, but Liverpool can overtake them if they beat Chelsea.

Spurs are up to 4th and Arsenal 5th after wins over Huddersfield and Watford respectively.

16:45:  Antonio Rudiger has passed a fitness test after suffering a groin injury against West Ham last week.

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk starts after proving his fitness following a rib problem.

16:30: TEAMS

Chelsea: Kepa, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Barkley, Moses, Zappacosta, Cahill, Morata.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Shaqiri, Matip.

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