Anfield side may well have felt they deserved a win but will have to settle for a draw from this first leg encounter.
Honours end even after an entertaining end to end stalemate at Anfield.
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Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side traveled to Merseyside fresh off the back of a 5-0 win away at Swansea City that has opened a five point lead over Man City at the top of the Premier League, this didn’t lessen his side’s passion for this fixture one iota.
Indeed the away side took the lead after Eden Hazard was brought down by Emre Can for a debatable penalty which the Belgian stroke home imperiously.
Liverpool battled back from that early disappointment and had a fair few chances to level and on 46 minutes arguably should have had a penalty of their own when Diego Costa appeared to handle in the area.
Just before the hour mark Liverpool were on even terms with Raheem Sterling bursting into the Chelsea defence before firing home a fine finish to make it 1-1.
With just over ten minutes to play Liverpool were once again wondering why they hadn’t been awarded a spot-kick when Thibaut Courtois appeared to handle outside the box.
The tie finished 1-1 which leaves Liverpool with something of a mountain to climb at Stamford Bridge in the second leg.