Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 (AP)
Egypt's Mohamed Salah converted a first-half penalty for his second Premier League goal in three games but Liverpool could not build on their numerical advantage to draw 1-1 with 10-man Chelsea on Saturday.
Their first goals of the season conceded, their first points dropped. Still, little could separate Liverpool and Chelsea.
Chelsea should be the most satisfied after surviving playing half of the game at Anfield with 10 men after Reece James was sent off for blocking the ball on the line with his right hand.
But the equalizer scored by Salah from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time _ canceling out Kai Havertz's header from James' corner _ was about as threatening as Liverpool got in front of goal.
The flare-up between both sets of players after the penalty was also about as fiery as it got.
The hosts were unable to breakdown a reconfigured Chelsea defense that held off the home threat through a disciplined defensive display.
It leaves Liverpool and Chelsea on seven points, and with Tottenham the last remaining side that can make it three wins out of three if it beats Watford on Sunday.
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