Liverpool gained an important point at Chelsea on Saturday thanks to a stunning late equaliser from Daniel Sturridge.
Eden Hazard's opening strike was cancelled out in fine style, as the No.15 came off the bench to produce an early contender for Goal of the Season.
Here is the media's view on the match...
James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
Rarely has the end of a winning run been greeted with scenes of such elation. As Chelsea fans headed for the exits in stunned silence, the party in the away end was only just getting started. 'Allez Allez Allez' boomed around Stamford Bridge. Liverpool's perfect start to the Premier League season is over but momentum has been retained. This is a result which enhances rather than damages their prospects of mounting a title challenge. There are draws which feel like victories and this one belongs firmly in that bracket. Substitute Daniel Sturridge's sensational late strike ensured that Jürgen Klopp's side emerged with a precious point from an enthralling encounter in the capital. Sturridge had only been on the field for three minutes when he demanded the ball and whipped a curling 25-yarder beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the top corner. The world's most expensive goalkeeper was beaten all ends up. It was a moment of magic against his former club – a piece of awe-inspiring brilliance which truly announced Sturridge's thrilling resurgence at the highest level. The jubilant travelling Kop chanted his name vociferously after the final whistle. Sturridge's fourth of the campaign means he's the Reds' joint top scorer - despite only starting two out of nine matches.
David Lynch, Evening Standard
Just when you thought they were out, they pull you back in again. Liverpool looked to all the world to be heading for a first Premier League defeat of the season that had the potential to cast doubts on their capability to mount a title challenge this term heading into the final moments at Stamford Bridge. Admittedly, it would have been harsh on a side who had taken more shots, had more of the ball, and created more clear cut opportunities than hosts Chelsea, but then there are no guarantees with regards to getting what you deserve in football. It is in such moments where the odds seem stacked against you that true champions are defined, and that the Reds proved their mettle courtesy of a contribution from the bench - their weakness last term - felt significant. Klopp's men simply refused to accept an unjust defeat at the end of an incredible exhibition of forward-thinking football in which they more than played their part. And so, thanks in no small part to the brilliance of Sturridge, they will head into next week’s meeting with reigning champions Manchester City still believing that this is the year the drought ends. After countless false dawns, it appears Sturridge is finally ready to reprise his role as a key man for Liverpool. With the Reds heading for a maiden defeat courtesy of a performance defined by wastefulness in the box, the striker produced a moment of genius from outside it to earn his team a point. He looks completely rejuvenated, and ready to make a huge impact for Liverpool as they bid for Premier League glory.
Neil Jones, Goal.com
He only needed four minutes. Four minutes to make his mark. Four minutes to silence the boos of his former supporters. Four minutes to light up a blockbuster clash in the most spectacular of manners. Four minutes to save his side’s unbeaten start to the season. What a moment for Sturridge! What a moment for Liverpool! Having looked like taking nothing from a frantic but frustrating clash with Chelsea, they escaped with a point that keeps them rolling on, kept off the top of the table only by Manchester City and their superior goal difference. City, of course, visit Anfield next weekend. Klopp had spent much of this game in a state of anger, but when the time came he grabbed the dice and rolled a double-six. Sturridge, summoned from the bench to replace James Milner in the 86th minute, delivered. What a goal it was! Collecting a pass from Xherdan Shaqiri, he turned to find options limited in front of him. No bother, he simply drew back that gifted left foot and unfurled the most explosive of shots. Whipped but with power, it flew past Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, and into the top left-hand corner of his net. It was Sturridge’s 50th league goal for Liverpool, and his fourth of this campaign – surpassing his tally for the whole of last season. He's the club's joint top-scorer, despite starting just two of their nine games in all competitions. The dance in front of the away end had extra feeling.
Miguel Delaney, Independent
Still there, from a goal out of nowhere. Liverpool’s winning run might have ended, but the spark charging this title challenge is still there, and may now be even stronger. That is the wider benefit from spectacular late goals like that from the redeemed Sturridge, and why the manner of it can mean so much more than the point that came from this 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. That the move brought the substitute's only touches of the game only added to it. One contribution, one point but so much more. It cancelled out Eden Hazard’s supreme opener and if that was yet another moment to show he is now definitively the best player in the Premier League at present, the equaliser was one to show how Chelsea are still someway off the best team. Liverpool, however, can only further fire such beliefs; such hopes. As it was, the match ultimately illustrated why Maurizio Sarri is playing down his side’s chances, but also why Liverpool may have something different about them. Both are still undefeated, but it is a joyous Jurgen Klopp who that will mean so much more to. There is admittedly the lingering feeling that this match proved Manchester City remain the best side in the division, but the enticing scenario is that they travel to Liverpool next Sunday, for a match that already means so much.
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