Match report: Wijnaldum header claims point in Chelsea draw


Georginio Wijnaldum’s header secured a point for Liverpool as they played out a pulsating 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

The Dutchman nodded in a fully deserved equaliser in the moments following half-time for the Reds after they’d fallen behind to a long-range David Luiz free-kick in the opening 45.

In an intense encounter on Merseyside, the home side applied heavy pressure as they pushed for a winner; however, Chelsea could have clinched it themselves when they were awarded a late penalty, only for Simon Mignolet to save Diego Costa’s effort.

The key points…

  • Luiz’s free-kick on 25 minutes broke deadlock against run of play after strong Reds start.
  • Firmino spurned opportunity for leveller just after half-time, shooting over when well placed.
  • Wijnaldum header draws Reds level on 57 minutes from Milner knock-back.
  • Mignolet saved Costa’s penalty in final stages after Matip foul.
  • Mane returned to Reds action as second-half substitute after AFCON duty.

The team news…

Nathaniel Clyne was deemed fit enough to start after his recent abdominal/rib injury as Jürgen Klopp made nine changes from the side deployed against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, with a host of senior stars returning to the fold.

Meanwhile, Sadio Mane was named among the substitutes after his return from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal on Monday night.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/252756-match-report-wijnaldum-header-claims-point-in-chelsea-draw

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