Antonio Conte pumped his fists in celebration as the final whistle blew. As he made his way over to the away supporters, his grimace relaxed in to a smile.
Liverpool and Chelsea shared the spoils at Anfield after Willian cancelled out Mo Salah’s effort. Both goals carried a generously-proportioned slice of luck. Salah finished past Thibault Courtois on 65 minutes after Tiémoué Bakayoko miscontrolled the ball on the edge of the box. With five minutes remaining, Willian chipped the ball towards the far post and looked on as it looped over Simon Mignolet and in to the corner.
Man of the Match
Eden Hazard was on course to scoop the prize until he picked up a knock just after the break. It was Mo Salah who inflicted that injury, and it was Mo Salah who stood out in the second half. He was a consistent menace apart from scoring Liverpool’s goal.
Where does it leave both teams?
The managers of the two Manchester clubs will have been pleased with the outcome at the other end of the ship canal. The draw at Anfield leaves Chelsea three points behind second-placed United and eight points behind City.
Liverpool remain in fifth, one point ahead of Arsenal and one point behind Spurs.
Liverpool make the short trip south to Stoke on Wednesday, while Chelsea host Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: as it happened
90'+3' A long, protracted whistle marks the end of an even contest. A fortuitous goal from Willian cancels out Mo Salah's slick finish.
90'+1' Milner tees up Salah, on the bounce, on the edge of the box. The Egyptian flashes the ball to the bottom corner, but Courtois dives down to parry it clear.
90' The possession is in Liverpool's hands.
89' Klopp makes a double change. Lallana and Mane come on for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Coutinho.
87' Morata goes in search of another. He scampers down the right wing and flashes the ball through the 'corridor of uncertainty'. Unfortunately for him, Hazard had checked his run and was lingering around the penalty spot.
85' GOL GOL GOL! Willian crosses the ball... all the way in to the far corner! A generous slice of luck for the visitors. Mignolet flapped a finger at it, but couldn't make firm enough contact to tip the ball over.
83' Conte shuffles his pack, sending on Willian in place of Zappacosta.
82' 82' The ball drops for Alonso at the far post. He gets right under it and ploughs it over the bar from six-yards out.
81' Wijnaldum and Azpilicueta grapple as a Liverpool corner comes in. One of them - it isn't clear who - gets a head on it and forces Courtois in to a smart save at his near post.
78' Álvaro Morata gallops forward as Chelsea have a three-on-two advantage. The striker plays a neat ball through a gap to Fabregas, but his compatriot had strayed offside. Chelsea are looking to their wing-backs to get back in to this game. It almost happens as Alonso takes down a diagonal ball and drives in to the box, but Gomez recovers superbly to slide in and nab the ball.
73' Fresh legs for Chelsea as Cesc Fabregas comes on for Danny Drinkwater.
70' Chelsea are knocking the ball around in defence, trying to find a way back in to this game. As the visitors begin to commit numbers forward, the prospect of Mane and Firmino coming off the bench becomes increasingly interesting.
65' GOOOOOL! Salah breaks the deadlock! Bakayoko fails to get his foot on the ball on the edge of the box, which allows The Ox to slip in Salah to finish in to the bottom corner. Salah then holds his hands in the air and makes a big fuss of not celebrating a goal.
63' It looks like Salah has created space for Sturridge to shoot, until Azpilicueta arrives on the slide to send it behind for a corner. The Spaniard hobbles behind the goal to receive treatment on what appears to be a knee complaint. Meanwhile, Courtois rises elegantly to claim the corner, and immediately rolls it out for Chelsea to launch a counter-attack.
62' Chelsea are having a good time of it on the right. Poor Alberto Moreno. Zappacosta gallops forward again and Morata is unlucky as the ball deflects off a defender on to his chest, and behind for a goal kick.
60' Big chance for Chelsea as Zappacosta finds space on the right and whips a cross in to the path of Morata. The Spaniard can't meet it, but Gomez can't clear it either. Bakayoko flings in another cross and although Liverpool head it clear, the away side maintain possession and pressure.
59' Once again, the Kop bays for handball. This time their protests are aimed towards Courtois, who slid right out to the edge of the box to claim a ball. Replays reveal that he kept it within the line.
57' The Kop howl for handball after Sturridge's cross hits Cahill on the upper arm. It would've been a harsh penalty. Cahill didn't move his arm towards the ball, and it was in a natural position.
56' This match has been largely made up of players running at the opposition defence and losing the ball. Rear-guards are coming out on top at the moment.
53' Coutinho slams a free-kick in to the back of Morata's head, sending the ball looping over the bar for a corner. The diminutive Brazilian swings it in, and Chelsea's diminutive Frenchman, N'Golo Kante, clears on the far side of the box.
52' Coutinho is drifting in to some intelligent positions, but Kante, Drinkwater, and Bakayoko are so alert to closing down the space available to him.
49' Almost calamitous from Courtois. Sturridge is facing away from goal, but rolls the ball under his studs, spins, and crosses in one smooth motion. It's a tremendous piece of skill, to the extent that none of his team-mates have read it. It looks a simple gather for Courtois, but he lets the ball squirm under his body and trickle just wide.
48' Chelsea have set up camp in the Liverpool half. Hazard looks for a penalty by interlocking his foot with Milner's and then falling over. The referee Michael Oliver smiles, and shakes his head.
46' We're back underway at Anfield, where Eden Hazard is hobbling after receiving a kick on the shin from Salah.
The teams are trotting out for the second half.
No goals in the first half at Anfield but it has been frenetic and evenly matched. It will be interesting to see whether they can keep it up in the second half following their midweek European endeavours.
45' One minute of added time.
41' Salah twists away from the grappling attention of Gary Cahill and, Robben-style, whips a curler towards the far post. It bounces wide, but it had Courtois flying to his right.
40' Moreno saunters away from his positional duties at left-back, leaving two on the outside. Zappacosta is one of them, and he meets Alonso's diagonal ball on the volley. Rather than shooting, he tries to square it. The Liverpool defence regain a semblance of alertness to clear.
38' I've just remembered that Danny Sturridge is playing. His input has been rather limited. In other Sturridge-related news, he played as a youngster for Cadbury FC, the team on the outskirts of Birmingham that play in the shadow of the famous chocolate factory.
35' It's at set pieces that both sides are threatening. Coutinho swings in a free-kick from a wide position and the Chelsea back-three squeeze together, creating a large pocket of space in behind. The ball lands right in that space, but there's no red-shirted attackers there to take advantage.
31' Anfield holds it's breathe as Marcos Alonso whips a free-kick over the wall, and then collectively exhales as it whooshes wide of the post and slaps in to the advertisement hoarding behind the goal. Would've been a corker.
29' Liverpool are playing extremely narrow. With play congested in the central third of the pitch, Salah scurries all the way around the outside of the defence to work the space for a cross. When the cross comes, it's straight to Azpilicueta's feet.
27' Coutinho fizzes an inviting cross towards Salah, who is peeling off the back of Cahill. It looks for a moment like it will have the legs to carry through to the Egyptian, until Cahill rises to head clear.
23' Very good goalkeeping from Mignolet to deny Danny Drinkwater. The ex-Leicester man bursts on to Hazard's threaded ball and tries to round the 'keeper, who dives out with his feet to block. Moments later, a mad goalmouth scramble insues. Moreno is among the players who fail to clear, but the ball doesn't drop for a blue shirt and Liverpool survive.
21' Chelsea mount their first meaningful attack of the match, and it stems from a mistake from Joel Matip. He chests the ball in to the path of Danny Drinkwater, who sprays the ball back over Matip in to the path of Hazard. Chelsea's No.10 twitches inside and rasps a shot towards the near corner, which Mignolet is forced to tip behind. The 'keeper flaps at the resultant corner, but his flappery goes unpunished and the ball bounces clear.
19' Liverpool are having a lot of joy out on the left. Gomez and Salah are combining very nicely indeed.
16' Joe Gomez, who recently made his debut for England, takes advantage of Marcos Alonso's advanced position to slip in behind on the right. He squares the ball low towards Sturridge in the centre, but Cahill positions himself well to clear.
15' Up at the other end, Klopp lets out a visceral roar in to the night sky as James Milner scoops a shot wide from the edge of the box.
13' Hazard goes at it alone, twisting and turning to the right of the box. He ignores the presence of Zappacosta, instead driving inside and playing the ball to Bakayoko. Hazard looks for the return ball, but they're not on the same wavelength.
10' Daniel Sturridge controls the ball well on his chest before laying it off to Salah. The Egypt international drifts in to a central position and plonks it straight in to the crowd.
8' It's cagier than Chester Zoo in the early stages at Anfield. Both sides are feeling their way in to the match after tiring mid-week soirees in the Champions League.
4' Hazard exchanges a quick one-two with Zappacosta and hooks a dangerous ball across the edge of the six-yard box. The Liverpool defence look a tad hassled before young Joe Gomez clears at the far post.
3' Salah scurries towards the edge of the box and cuts back on to his trusty steed of a left foot. He doesn't have time to hit the target though, as Andreas Christensen dashes out to block.
2' My first impression is that the camera angle is high - perhaps too high - following the extension of the Main Stand at Anfield.
1' Peeeeep! We're up and running at Anfield.
The scarves are aloft in the Kop as 'You'll Never Walk Alone' rings out.
A lot of the players will be wearing rainbow laces as part of the Stonewall campaign against homophobia.
Jürgen Klopp rolls up his sleeve for a quick look at his watch, and out come the teams!
The scene, as they say, is set.
Elsewhere in the upper echelons of the Premier League, Manchester United scraped to a 1-0 victory against Brighton at Old Trafford, courtesy of an own goal from Lewis Dunk. That means United consolidate second position, moving four points clear of Chelsea in third.
While two key parts of Liverpool's attacking trident sit on the bench, Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno retain their places in the starting line-up despite sketchy performances in the mid-week capitulation against Sevilla.
Both Firmino and Mane are on the bench for Liverpool. It's a big, big game for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge, who take their places in the front three alongside Mo Salah.
We have team news from Anfield!
Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.
Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Sturridge.
Liverpool have scored at least three goals in their last three Premier League matches. But as their recent trip to Sevilla shows, The Reds aren't shy of shipping a few either.
It will be interesting to keep an eye on whether Chelsea begin to fade as the match moves towards full time. Antonio Conte's chaps faced an away match against Qarabag, of Azerbaijan, in midweek. They won 0-4, but the burden of that travel may have an effect at Anfield.
Liverpool host Chelsea in the Premier League this afternoon looking to build on a run of three wins to break into the top four. Jürgen Klopp's side are fifth, a point behind Spurs and three adrift of Chelsea in third. They'll probably have to defend a wee bit better than they did against Sevilla if they're to thwart Antonio Conte's side.