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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson spoke after his side’s home draw against Premier League champions Chelsea. Former Blues’ winger Mohamed Salah was the first scorer of the game as he was quick in exploiting a clever pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the penalty area.

The Egyptian star has now scored his 15th goal for the Reds: “He just keeps going, which is good for us –  Henderson told BT Sport – It was a fantastic finish and I thought he got another late on.”

When asked about the game, he added: “We’re disappointed, I thought we would hang on for all three points so they will probably be very, very happy with the point,” Henderson added.

“It was a game between two good teams, tactically, we both had chances but I think Chelsea will be happier with the point.”

 

 

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“It’s very bitter to concede in that way, at the very last stages of the game – said Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet following his side’s home draw against Chelsea – I think we deserved to win the game so it’s always difficult to take when you concede an unlucky goal like that”. 

Antonio Conte, on the other side, believes Chelsea deserved a different result as they produced some great chances to score showing to have a ‘tactical plan’ to cope with Liverpool at Anfield.

“I think we did well, we had our chances as well – Mignolet said – The first half, as you would expect, Chelsea were good on the counter and had a few chances. But we were in a good position and Mo scored scored second half, then we tried to defend our lead. Unfortunately, they equalized at the end.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte played with Eden Hazard alongside with Alvaro Morata in a 3-5-2 formation against Liverpool this evening, and the Italian coach has explained the reasons behind this decision.

In the 0-4 victory over Qarabag, Chelsea played with a 3-4-2-1 formation, as Conte himself noted: “Eden is now in really good form. He likes to play as a striker and there is a good link with Alvaro. For me it’s an opportunity to play with two different systems. Against Qarabag we played with a 3-4-2-1, today with a 3-5-2, but we must not lose our identity in both cases”.

The Belgian star, who suffered a serious ankle injury while training with the National Team, has now fully recovered: “At the start of the season it was full of trouble because he had an injury with the national team and we started the season without him. When you have this type of injury and you need surgery, it’s important to have the best time for your recovery”.

 

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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte was full of praise when explained the reason why the Blues “must be pleased” with today’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, as the Italian manager himself said speaking after the game.

“We played in a really good way because today we had a tactical plan – he said – For Liverpool it was very difficult to make chances to score”.

Conte introduced Fabregas, Willian and Pedro off the bench: “We prepared very well and it was a tactical decision, especially in the first half, to be very solid, and then be dangerous with the ball. In the second half we dominated the game and created many chances to score. Liverpool were lucky to score, and then to draw”.

“The first sub, I changed Danny [Drinkwater] because it was his first league game from the start, a big game, and you lose mental and physical energy, he played very well. With Cesc [Fabregas] I wanted good quality in midfield. I changed Bakayoko for Pedro and I asked Pedro to play as a midfielder because he’s more offensive than Bakayoko”.

“Then I brought Willian on to play with the strikers and moved Pedro to wing-back, – Conte added – I think it was a good idea, but even before the changes I don’t think we deserved to be 1-0 down”.

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“We must be pleased with the game, – said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte speaking at a press conference in Anfield – I think both teams played with great intensity from the start until the end. For us it was very difficult to play this game after long travelling and no rest for my players”.

Conte added: “When you play a strong team it’s not simple, so we must be pleased because in the first half we were very solid and always dangerous in possession. In the second half we created many chances to score and in our best moment we conceded the goal”.

“We were unlucky when you see the dynamic of the goal – the italian manager admitted – But at the same time I was very happy to see a great reaction, great desire and a great will to not accept a bad result. We drew but we tried to win the game, so we must be pleased with the draw”.

Chelsea remain 3rd on the Premier League table with 26 points, despite failing to reduce gap on Manchester United and Manchester City.

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Liverpool went close to winning the game against Chelsea at Anfield as Mohamed Salah‘s goal gave the lead with 25’ left to go, before Willian leveled up the clash with a strange shot which dropped over the head of Mignolet.

Reds‘ head coach Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport he’s massively disappointed with a decision of referee Michael Oliver: “After Willian’s goal I was angry because we wanted to make a change and change the system and the ref wouldn’t let us. He said it would take too long. I don’t understand it, how can a change take too long?”

 

“We wanted to change to five in the back, in that moment it could have helped a lot. That’s where Willian popped up with the goal, and that’s why I was angry”.

Liverpool remain three points behind Chelsea, sitting 5th on the table right behind Tottenham Hotspur, who were stopped by West Bromwich Albion earlier today.

 

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill reflected on his side’s away draw against Liverpool at Anfield this evening, a result which means the Premier League champions reman third with 26 points.

“I thought on reflection in the second-half we deserved to equal the game up. – he told BT Sport – They had some good spells in the first half we had some in the second. They did cause us some problems at times and I’m sure we did them,”

About the controversial goal scored by Willian: “You’ll have to ask him if it was cross. We’re delighted it went in, we deserved to get the goal”.

Manchester City could extend their gap on Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham if they beat Huddersfield at home tomorrow: “If we were in their shoes we’d be delighted with that – Cahill added – But we have some good games coming up and clearly this is a difficult place to come. It was important we didn’t lose today.”

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Former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy, writing on his column for the London Evening Standard, has confirmed today’s game at Anfield will be crucial for both Chelsea and Jurgen Klopp’s men, who are keen to bounce back from their last disappointing 3-3 draw in Seville.

“The best way to hurt Liverpool is to go after them and expose their vulnerabilities – he wrote – I am not sure Antonio Conte will do that, because that is not normally his way, but the Chelsea manager may be thinking differently after what happened to Jurgen Klopp’s men against Sevilla on Tuesday”.

“There is a huge mountain to climb and teams are relying on City to have a blip, but this is an opportunity for both Liverpool and Chelsea to make a statement. Some people have written off Chelsea, which is a bit premature, and this is a chance for them to put down a marker”.

Then Murphy added: “Chelsea can blow you away, because Eden Hazard is one of the best players in the Premier League”.

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Eden Hazard will meet former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah tomorrow as the Blues face Liverpool at Anfield, and the Belgian star has revealed he’s in touch with the Egyptian.

 “It’s always good to play against a friend. – he told Chelsea’s official website this morning – It is good to have friends in this world, because in football you can’t have a lot of friends”.

“When you are not playing in one club you need to go. All the players want to play. In this period, we had me, Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata also, so for him it was not easy, but he is a top player. We know the quality he has”.

Salah was sold to Serie A side Fiorentina as a part of the deal which led Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge in February 2015: “You need a chance, I remember he took his chance at Fiorentina, – Hazard noted – And I am just happy for him”.

Chelsea signed Salah on a £12m move from Basel in January 2014, under the management of Jose Mourinho.

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Eden Hazard was crucial for Chelsea as the Belgian star scored three goals in the last two games (0-4 against West Bromwich Albion and Qarabag) away from home.

Chelsea will face Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield in a game which could represent a turning point for the Premier League champions following their slow start to the season, combined with Manchester City’s outstanding positive trend.

About the Blues’ trip to Baku, Hazard said: “It was a long trip, we were back in London at 3 or 4 in the morning, and we are playing on Saturday so the time between the two games is very short, but we need to adapt. We didn’t adapt well against Man City so we need to do better tomorrow for sure”.

“A couple of players didn’t play on Wednesday. I played only 60 minutes, N’Golo also came off. We can be fresh tomorrow even if the game is close. We are professionals and we can deal with this. We will do everything to recover”.

Anyway, the Belgian star admitted he’s ‘feeling good’ ahead of next clash against Liverpool: “I am 100 per cent. After injury sometimes you are not feeling 100 per cent, but I am ready to play every game. Of course when you are winning games it does help. Confidence is high. We are playing well at the moment, we want to keep playing like this and keep winning games”.

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