Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield 2

Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield 2

England was exhausted and under great pressure from host Liverpool throughout the second half, but Chelsea still achieved a 1-1 result in round 3 of the Premier League on August 28.

Chelsea may be upset with the decision of VAR and referee Anthony Taylor in first half stoppage time – blaming Reece James for intentionally blocking the ball with his hand on the goal line, leading to a direct red card for the defender and a penalty kick.

Similarly, Liverpool – the team also has seven points and is unbeaten through three rounds.

Players and coaches of both teams were friendly after the match.

In a match that is considered a measure of the ambition and strength of both sides in the championship race, each team chose to enter the match with a familiar style.

The home team had the first chance, with two missed shots from Harvey Elliot and then Jordan Henderson in just the first 10 minutes.

The loss forced Klopp to replace an ineffective Firmino with Diogo Jota from the 42nd minute, and that adjustment quickly took effect.

Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield

VAR determined that Reece James played the ball with his hand on the goal line, leading to a direct red card for this defender… Photo: screenshot

Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield

… and a penalty for Liverpool, which Salah successfully converted.

But VAR intervened and determined that James intentionally played the ball with his hand, leading to a direct red card for the defender and a penalty for Liverpool, and a scene of controversy and chaos at the end of the half.

The second half saw Liverpool take advantage of their numerical advantage to press the field hard.

From about midway through the second half, Chelsea started to have some good moves to escape pressing and advance the ball.

Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield

Lukaku’s final throw was blocked by Matip in the middle of the second half.

After this round, the Premier League takes a two-week break to make way for a series of international matches.

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