Suarez saves a point for Liverpool

Luis Suarez continues to be the only player keeping Liverpool away from the Premier League relegation zone. His equaliser against Chelsea came against the run of play but demoralised the home team. Chelsea dropped two vital points as they attempted to stay close to Manchester United at the top of the table.

John Terry’s free header from a corner gave Chelsea the lead, but the captain was carried off shortly afterwards after an accidental collision with Suarez. Terry now faces a lengthy absence from the Premier League with a knee injury.

Liverpool had offered little in the way of an attacking threat until Suarez’s opportunistic header levelled the match in the second half. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was grateful to Suarez, while realising that he needs to overhaul his attacking options in the January transfer window. "That's our sixth draw and we've come back after going behind in a lot of those games," Rodgers said. "So there's a lot of resilience there. But we need the materials, and if we can get one or two in up top in January, we'll finish off a lot of our good football and turn some of those draws into wins."

Rodgers blamed himself for Liverpool’s lacklustre start and said that the team improved after a change of formation. "We normally play with three forwards and that allows us to press the game. With the two front players we couldn't get our distances right. Once we changed it around to 4-2-3-1, we got back on to the front foot again."

Rodgers is familiar with Stamford Bridge after serving as Jose Mourinho’s assistant when the Special One was Chelsea manager. "It was a terrific point and I'm delighted for our young players," he said. "I know as well as anyone how hard it is to come here."

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