Liverpool and Chelsea could not be separated at the last whistle, following an entertaining fixture at Anfield on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah’s second-half goal put the Reds ahead. But a super-sub on the day, in the form of Willian, saved a point for the Londoners.
As such, here are five things we learned from the Merseyside clash.
5. Eden Hazard Should Take Corners More Often
While the Blues did not score off a corner during the match, Eden Hazard’s delivery from near the flag was very good.
The Belgian was on corner duties until Cesc Fabregas was introduced late on in the second half, and it’s amazing how his teammates failed to make good on all of his corners – although Gary Cahill’s weak attempt at a rabona flick is probably to blame.
4. Chelsea Can’t Seem to Keep Former Players From Scoring Against Them
Mohamed Salah scored his 10th Premier League goal in 13 top flight appearances for Liverpool, and he did not celebrate. Why? Because he used to play for Chelsea.
The Egyptian is only the latest of several former Blues to score against the Stamford Bridge side. So who else has?
Well there’s Daniel Sturridge in 2013, Kevin De Bruyne earlier this season, Romelu Lukaku in the FA Cup quarter-final last year, David Luiz in the Champions League, and most notably: Frank Lampard for Manchester City during the 2014/15 season.
3. Danny Drinkwater Deserved His Start
Danny Drinkwater’s name was perhaps the most surprising on Chelsea’s team sheet when the starting lineups were published. But the former Leicester man proved that he’s a good enough fit for the Blues.
His passing was quite impressive, but the runs he made in behind Liverpool’s defence must have appealed to Antonio Conte, as he now knows he has an extra option in attack.
2. Willian’s Form Is on the Rise
Willian stole a point for Chelsea with a sublime chip over Simon Mignolet five minutes from time. And while it may have been a fluke, there’s no denying that the player Chelsea fans love to hate is regaining his form.
The Brazilian was twice on target for the Blues when they secured Champions League knockout stage qualification in midweek, and has popped up with an important goal off the bench, helping Conte’s men avoid defeat.
1. Antonio Conte’s Daughter Could Be in for Some Criticism
Conte claims to be more settled this season, now that his wife and daughter are with him in London. But his daughter could be blamed for the Blues dropping points on Saturday after convincing daddy to shave his beard.
The gaffer grew a beard at his wife’s request, and some fans believed that it brought luck. Who could blame them after their side won two consecutive matches with 4-0 scorelines?
Well, the beard is gone now, with Conte revealing that his daughter asked him to remove it as it made him look old. Guess who didn’t win 4-0 on Saturday…