Sturridge scores last minute screamer as Liverpool draw with Chelsea

Arnold Nichols
September 30, 2018

A frenetic first-half saw both sides create chances, with Liverpool arguably in the ascendancy on that front, but whilst Mohammed Salah spurned his chance to score Hazard needed just one invitation to give Chelsea the lead, latching onto a Mateo Kovacic through ball to fire past Allison from inside the area.

Eden Hazard proved Liverpool's nemesis yet again as he opened the scoring on 25 minutes, firing across Alisson and into the far corner of the net.

It was his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool and kept them unbeaten in the league this season, level with Manchester City on 19 points at the top of the table.

But Chelsea's problem will be, yes they've got Hazard or Pedro or Willian, but they need a striker.

The pressure finally told late on as, after Shaqiri had a free kick saved down low, Sturridge sent a sublime curled shot over the head of Kepa from all of 30 yards to leave his mark on a match that he entered late on.

The Liverpool No.15 crashed a curling effort off the woodwork in Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie against the Blues at Anfield, having volleyed in the opener in an eventual defeat.

He added: "I think the fact they're away from home and I feel like there's a weakness at the back with Chelsea".

It was a slick piece of play started and finished by Hazard and underlined the confidence and flair with which he is playing at present.

"I thought City and Liverpool were the two strongest teams", Sarri said. There's still a lot of time left for somebody to beat this goal, but for now, it's the best we've seen in the Premier League this season.

Asked if it is unsafe to rely so heavily on Hazard for goals, he replied: "Maybe, but I think at the end of the season we can have four or five players over 10 goals, so it's not only Hazard".

The quality of the strike also drew appreciative words from his manager Juergen Klopp, who has been at the club since 2015, but never been able to rely on a fully-fit Sturridge for any sustained period of time.

That miss looked like proving costly for Liverpool, but Sturridge had other ideas.

However, Daniel Sturridge's superb late goal salvaged a draw for Liverpool. If we play like we do tonight we'll win football games'. The promoted side are only the third team in Premier League history to name the same starting XI for their opening seven games of a season, after Leeds United in 1992-93 and Aston Villa in 2008-09.

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