Liverpool’s hopes of ending the Premier League season at Anfield with a win was dashed as a solo effort from Eden Hazard was enough to end such aspirations, but a late Christian Benteke equalizer meant there could still be some partying on Merseyside.
It was an unusual starting eleven for Chelsea, who were without captain John Terry after he was sent off in their last game against Sunderland, as John Obi Mikel paired Gary Cahill at the heart of the defence.
Liverpool, who had experienced some rejuvenation of sorts over the last few weeks, would have expected to have won in front of their fans for the last time this season, but lacked the cutting edge to go past Chelsea’s makeshift defence, but would be grateful to have gone home with a point.
While they tried to control the game, it was Chelsea who looked the most likely to score whenever they had the opportunity, and could have gone ahead in the 16th minute, as Pedro dribbled into space but his effort was blocked by the Liverpool defence.
Both teams kept pushing and tried to get a foothold in the game, but it was Chelsea were looked more dangerous, as the trio of Pedro, Hazard and Bertrand Traore were looking like a handful for Kolo Toure and Dejan Loveren
Chelsea would however take the lead in the 32nd minute as the lively Hazard weaved his way past three markers and unleashed a shot which found the far corner, beyond the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The Blues went into the break with the advantage, and returned with Hazard still looking dangerous, while Pedro’s runs were difficult for Liverpool to track.
But Jurgen Klopp would go on the offensive close to the end of the game, as he introduced Christian Benteke, and then Sheyi Ojo, and it was the former who connected with a rebound in the goalmouth and planted in a header for a last-gasp equalizer to save the ‘Kop’ from ending the season with a loss at Anfield.