Full-time: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

  • Liverpool avoid losing four successive home matches for the first time since 1923 with a point against the Premier League leaders at Anfield
  • Simon Mignolet saves Diego Costa's penalty after the Spaniard is fouled by Joel Matip
  • Chelsea take a first-half lead against the run of play thanks to David Luiz's superb 25-yard free-kick that catches Mignolet and the home defence completely unawares
  • Liverpool equalise shortly before the hour mark when Georginio Wijnaldum heads past Thibaut Courtois from close range
  • Sadio Mane returns for the hosts as a substitute
  • Arsenal's shock defeat to Watford means that Chelsea stretch their title lead to nine points ahead of Saturday showdown with the Gunners, who slip behind Tottenham into third
  • Liverpool remain 10 points off the pace in fourth
  • Also: Arsenal 1-2 Watford, Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham
  • Follow all the moves on January transfer deadline day
Germany legend Michael Ballack backs former club Chelsea for Premier League title Hayters

That just about does it for this particular live blog, but be sure to stay with IBTimes UK as we bring you post-match reaction from across a busy night of fixtures in the Premier League and also keep you fully abreast of any late moves that occur before the 23.00 GMT transfer deadline.

Sport editor Nick Howson will also be back tomorrow night to guide you through another three-game slate comprised of Manchester United vs Hull, West Ham vs Manchester City and Stoke vs Everton.

Farewell for now.


Chelsea will no doubt be disappointed with that Costa penalty miss, but Arsenal's surprise home defeat by Watford means that they still extend their lead at the Premier League summit to nine points ahead of a meeting with the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Tottenham have now moved up to second following a goalless draw at Sunderland.

Liverpool may feel they deserved victory having dominated large parts of the game, but they will have to settle for not equalling a 94-year old record of fourth successive home losses. The Reds, who travel to Hull this weekend before facing Tottenham, Leicester and Arsenal, remain 10 points off the title pace in fourth. They have won just one of their last nine matches across all competitions.

Klopp will hope that Mane's long-awaited return can spark something of a revival.



Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea


Costa makes way for Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian forward might not get to touch the ball here.



Almost a chance for Liverpool to snatch a stoppage-time victory. Mane floats an inviting cross into Firmino, who can only guide his weak header straight at Courtois.


Pedro curls a left-footed shot wide after being teed up by N'Golo Kante. Klopp sends on Divock Origi in place of Lallana.

Three minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.


Fabregas finds Pedro, who takes a great first touch before being denied by a well-timed sliding challenge from Henderson.


Matip and Lovren do not want to lay a hand on Costa as he drifts across the penalty area before providing a low cross that is gobbled up by Mignolet.


Chelsea's second change sees Cesc Fabregas replace Willian.


Less than 10 minutes remaining now and all the momentum is with Liverpool. Mane tries to pick out Firmino with a cross from the right but Courtois plucks it out of the air with confidence.


Willian is shown a yellow card after stopping Liverpool from proceeding with a quick free-kick.



Mignolet, atoning for his earlier error, gets down low to his right to repel Costa's spot-kick.

Great drama at Anfield.




Costa cuts inside Matip before being upended by the former Schalke stalwart. That looked very soft, it must be said...




Clyne sends a cross to the back post but Milner can only divert it over on the slide.


A certain Mane is now stripping off on the bench. The home crowd are sure to give him a generous welcome back.


Henderson delivers another eye-catching cross to the back post but Can is unable to get it under control.

71 minutes gone and Pedro replaces Hazard. That is the first change of the night from either manager.



Willian flashes a dangerous low pass across the face of goal. Costa tries to meet it on the slide but ends up getting nowhere near the ball.

Pedro is preparing to enter the fray for Chelsea.


The oft-maligned Belgian gets away with a miskick after Matic's handball...



Milner falls in the box following the slightest of shoves from Moses. Liverpool fans appeal hopefully for a penalty but Clattenburg isn't remotely interested.