Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insisted that his side “deserved” a point against Liverpool as he claimed that early red cards “spoils” games.
Chelsea took the lead in the 22nd minute after a back and forth opening to the game. The goal came via a corner from Reece James.
The cross arrived at the front post and Kai Havertz was there to find the net as his looping header dipped over Alisson.
This was before chaos ensued as half time was approaching. James was shown a red card after a goal line scramble resulted in him using his hand to block the ball.
After a VAR review, the defender was sent off and Anthony Taylor pointed to the penalty spot. Mo Salah took it and he smashed the ball home to make it 1-1.
Liverpool pushed for a winning goal in the second half but Chelsea frustrated the hosts. The Blues grew into the game again near the end and caused their opponents problems.
In the end, the sides had to settle for a point apiece and this result leaves the two clubs on seven points in the Premier League from three games.
Speaking post-match to BBC Sport, Tuchel praised his side for showing “great resilience” against Liverpool:
“The red card – I’m not even sure any more if it’s the rules or not the rules. You have to accept the decision. He maybe would have changed his mind with moving pictures.
“In the end it maybe would have stayed the same. I don’t like early red cards in general because it spoils the game. In the end it was a tough and hard fight. We showed great resilience and deserved the point.
Tuchel added: “We decided to stay in a back five. We wanted to stay active and make it hard to create chances. The first 10 minutes seemed endless. The last five minutes I was actually praying we take what we deserved. It was a hard and a tough one, but a very strong second half defensively.”
Cezar Azpilicueta added that he felt that James’ sending off was “harsh”:
“I feel sorry for Reece. The referee got advice from VAR to give it. He went to the screen to watch one replay.
“We got the double punishment, red card and a penalty – and two yellow cards in the same action. We were angry. But you have to calm down and find a way to fight together as a team. I think the team fought and maybe we had the best two chances in the second half.”