The blues started the game against Liverpool on the back of a very noisy week. Thomas Tuchel had to drop Romelu Lukaku from the starting lineup due to the controversial interview he gave to Skysports.

Lukaku’s absence meant Kai Havertz started the game for Chelsea alongside Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic.

Chelsea had an early chance to open the scoring. Christian Pulisic was one on one with Liverpool’s backup goalie Caoimhin Kelleher.

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The USMNT captain spurned the chance as he wanted to round Liverpool goalie, but he was thwarted.

After eight minutes Liverpool scored. Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah did not deal with a pass towards Sadio Mane, and the Senegalese pounced on the defender’s poor clearance. He rounded Mendy and scored Liverpool’s first goal. Mohamed Salah added the second with a superb near-post finish inside the box.

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Chelsea looked solid even without Jorginho in the first half. Thomas Tuchel’s plan today was to avoid overplaying and Chelsea’s mode of chance creation was long balls. Although they were 2-0 down, Chelsea didn’t look too bad on the ball. However, it took something completely out of the box to bring them back into the game.

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Mateo Kovacic definitely scored the best goal of his career today to bring Chelsea back into the game. The Croatian midfielder volleyed the ball home with precision to give Chelsea a lifeline. Three minutes later Kante found Christian Pulisic who did well this time to put the ball beyond Kelleher to make the score 2-2.

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Chelsea and Liverpool served up a very entertaining second half, but there were to be no more goals in a very entertaining game. Chelsea stay second on the table 10 points behind Manchester City, although Liverpool have a game in hand.

Thomas Tuchel’s men will be happy with this result ahead of a very important month where they’ll play Tottenham three times. Also, Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea hierarchy will also have the Lukaku incident to deal with.