(AP) — LIVERPOOL, England — Their first goals of the season were allowed, and they dropped their first points of the season. Even yet, when Liverpool and Chelsea drew 1-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, there was nothing that could distinguish the two title hopefuls.
Chelsea should be the happiest after surviving the first half of the game at Anfield with 10 men after Reece James was sent off for blocking the ball with his right hand on the line.
But Mohamed Salah’s penalty-kick equalizer in first-half stoppage time, which cancelled out Kai Havertz’s header from James’ corner, was about as dangerous as Liverpool got in front of goal.
The post-penalty brawl between both sets of players was also about as heated as it got.
The visitors were unable to break past a reshuffled Chelsea defense, which repelled the home threat with a disciplined defensive showing.
It leaves Liverpool and Chelsea tied on seven points, with Tottenham the last team standing, who can make it three wins in a row if they beat Watford on Sunday.