Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Honours even at Anfield as Reds stop the rot

Results went the way of Antonio Conte’s men as they dropped points at Anfield, with Diego Costa seeing his penalty saved in the second half

Simon Mignolet’s erratic Liverpool career took an upward turn at Anfield as the goalkeeper repelled Diego Costa’s penalty to preserve a 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

David Luiz caught Mignolet and the Liverpool wall napping with a spectacular 24th-minute free-kick – an effort that mirrored the clinical precision of the first-half work from Antonio Conte’s men.

To their credit, Liverpool did not allow their energy levels or thirst for possession to subside as they faced the prospect of a fourth consecutive home defeat in all competitions and Georginio Wijnaldum headed his third goal of the season 12 minutes into the second half.

Jurgen Klopp’s side appeared to be building momentum towards a first league win this month but Costa had them fearing the worst, only to fluff his lines.

Chelsea’s dominant standing at the summit remains unchecked after setbacks for Tottenham and Arsenal elsewhere on Tuesday – the north London duo are nine points off the pace in second and third having drawn at Sunderland and lost at home to Watford respectively.

Liverpool are a point further back in fourth and will be glad to see the back of a month in which they have bowed out of two cup competitions and only tasted victory against League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

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