Missed opportunities was the name of the game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Liverpool battled back in a game they were seemingly being outclassed in to force a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in EPL action.
A first half that saw only three real scoring chances and one goal—by Chelsea captain John Terry—was followed up with a final 20 minutes of hectic, nonstop, sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat action that proved once again why the EPL has such massive global appeal.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez would net the equalizer in the 72nd minute, sending a header into an empty net when Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was caught woefully out of position.
Terry would be stretchered off of the field almost 20 minutes after scoring the opening goal with what looked like a major knee injury, sustained after colliding with Suarez.
Both squads were able to move the ball around the field well, with Chelsea completing 80 percent of their passes, LFC 88 percent. LFC also dominated possession, 57 percent to 43 percent.
Daniel Agger, Liverpool: B
Agger had some solid defensive plays, but he was also the one—not Jamie Carragher—who let John Terry get free to score Chelsea's opening goal. Agger also took a shot in the second half from about 40 yards out that was a wasted possession for Liverpool as it had no chance of finding its mark.
John Terry, Chelsea: A
In his first match back since serving a four-game suspension for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last season, Terry's header put Chelsea ahead 1-0 and was his 50th Chelsea goal.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool: A
Obviously Suarez gets high marks for his tying goal, but he was a problem for Chelsea all afternoon, constantly on the attack and seemingly unable to be contained unless he found himself offside.
Petr Cech, Chelsea: B+
He was woefully out of position on Suarez's goal, but Cech made one of the best plays of the day against the Chelsea striker in the 88th minute of action, making a game-saving tackle on Suarez, who was clean through the Blues defense and was a split second from giving the Reds the lead.
Jose Enrique, Liverpool, A
The Man of the Match for the Reds, Enrique played superbly against the Blues all afternoon but was a key facilitator in getting Liverpool's offense going from the back:
Man of the Match Jose Enrique also made the most passes in the Final 3rd: 26.40% of his total passes were in the Final 3rd.#fb
— Anfield Index (@AnfieldIndex) November 11, 2012
Juan Mata, Chelsea, A
Mata played a strong game for Chelsea all afternoon, and it was his corner kick that allowed Terry to give the Blues an early lead, something Mata has become incredibly adept at doing:
Juan Mata now 10 assists in his last 11 games. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@Chelseafc_life) November 11, 2012