Four first half goals were scored as Chelsea and Liverpool played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Both sides needed a win to reduce the gap between them and Machester City and the urgency to get maximum points showed at the frantic pace at which the game began where Sadio Mane got booked as early as the first minute.

Liverpool who had been chasing the game then took the lead courtesy of Sadio Mane who benefitted from a Trevor Chalobah horrendous clearance before beating his countryman Edouard Mendy and slotting the ball into the goal.

Liverpool then doubled their lead through Mohammed Salah as he received a Trent Alexander-Arnold ball well inside the box before beating Mendy at his near post.

Salah’s goal against Chelsea was his 150th goal in English football

Liverpool’s poor midfield show paid the price as Chelsea struck two and could have gotten a third before the end of the first 45 minutes.

Croatian international Mateo Kovacic pulled one back for his side through a rebound outside the penalty area after Liverpool second choice stopper Caoimhin Kelleher had pulled out a stunning save from Marcos Alonso’s free kick.

A quick fire counter attack saw Christian Pulisic through on goal off Ngolo Kante’s pass, the American International took no chances as he netted his side’s equalizer a minute away from the end of first half.

Pulisic restores parity for Chelsea against Liverpool

Chelsea could have gone up 3-2 ahead within those minutes but were unable to hit the target after an end-to-end ball play at which Salah was almost through on goal but Chelsea got the ball away and counter but Mount scuffed the volley just wide of the far post.

The second half saw stunning saves from both goalkeepers to keep their teams in the contest.

The game was a big stage for Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Ljinders who was at the touchline for Liverpool in the game as head coach Jurgen Klopp was out due to Covid.

The sharing of spoils mean Manchester City are in full driving seat having gone 10 points clear of second placed Chelsea.

A win in Liverpool’s outstanding game against Leeds could see them leapfrog Tuchel’s boys into the second spot but will still be eight points off the defending Champions.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilcueta said:

“We started really well. They couldn’t make two passes. We had few chances where we could be 1-0 up. In two actions, we were 2-0 down when we were playing a very good game. We had to fight our way back. We left everything on the pitch.

“Both teams had moments. When they were 2-0 up, they had a clear chance to score a third to kill the game. After this we played well, had a few chances, but in the last 25-30 metres, we lacked confidence, freshness.”

The game saw Thomas Tuchel avoid a loss as his choice to drop striker Romelu Lukaku didn’t come back to haunt him.

Up next for Chelsea is a trip to league leaders Manchester City while Liverpool host Brentford. A Chelsea win could open up the already closing title race.