Chelsea and Liverpool played out a frantic 2-2 draw in an action-packed Premier League contest at Stamford Bridge.
Short-changing those who cannot be separated is supposed to encourage attacking play, but Chelsea and Liverpool could not possibly have gone at it any harder from start to finish.
The last game of the winter holiday period can be anti-climatic. Tired legs, tired minds, talent rested, others injured. Instead, these players treated and entertained us all.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah put the Reds two up by the midway point of the first half on Sunday, but the home side hit back and were level at the break courtesy of Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic.
The draw meant Chelsea remained second on 43 points from 21 games, one point ahead of Liverpool, which has a game in hand, and leader Manchester City which has 53 points from 21.
The 2-2 draw leaves Chelsea 10 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side and Liverpool 11 trailing the leaders by 11 points with a game in hand.