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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the games is at 5.30pm.

We’re under way…

It’s been a tight opening few minutes, with no clear-cut chances.

Chelsea have the former Leicester duo — Kante and Drinkwater — starting in midfield.

11Mins

Sturridge lays the ball off to Salah.

The Egypt international then shoots well over.

15Mins

Neither side’s attack has functioned so far.

Bakayoko has just overhit a pass in the direction of Hazard.

18Mins

Salah finds Gomez down the right, but his cross is cut out.

Liverpool have looked the more dangerous side in these early stages.

20Mins

Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League - Anfield Match referee Michael Oliver wearing rainbow laces to support the Rainbow Laces campaign for LGBT. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

22Mins

Liverpool continue to probe, but Chelsea have been very solid defensively so far.

It’s been a somewhat Mourinho-esque performance from Conte’s men, with the visitors happy to sit back and invite their opponents on.

That said, as I type, Chelsea counter, and Hazard forces a decent save from Mignolet with his shot from the edge of the area.

25Mins

Hazard plays through Drinkwater.

Mignolet does well though, as he comes off his line quickly and smothers the ball.

Moments later, Zappacosta’s powerful shot forces another decent save from Mignolet.

27Mins

Zappacosta charges forward again, but Klavan uses his strength to get in front of the ball and shepherd it out of play.

Chelsea have been in the ascendancy of late.

29Mins

Salah escapes from Cahill.

His shot, however, is blocked by Christensen.

34Mins

Matip is penalised for a cynical foul on Morata.

It’s still 0-0, but it’s been an intriguing game to watch nonetheless.

As I type, Alonso curls a free kick just wide.

35Mins

41Mins

Both sides cancelling each other out at the moment.

Plenty of nice build-up play, but the two teams have rarely looked like scoring.

The referee has just fallen over, prompting one of the biggest cheers of the afternoon so far.

43Mins

Zappacosta is free down the right, but his cross is cut out by Henderson.

The wing back has been Chelsea’s most potent attacking threat so far.

Moments later, Salah finds space and curls a shot just wide from outside the area.

The former Chelsea player will be no doubt keen to make his former club pay for letting him go a few seasons back.

46Mins

The second half has begun…

49Mins

51Mins

Sturridge produces a seemingly tame shot.

However, it slips under Courtois’ arms and goes just wide.

53Mins

Zappacosta breaks down the right. His cross deflects off Henderson for a corner.

The Italian continues to cause Liverpool some defensive headaches.

55Mins

57Mins

Liverpool have finally registered their first shot on target, while Chelsea have only managed two after 55 minutes.

Surely it can’t be too long before Firmino and Mane are introduced.

60Mins

Still no real sign of a breakthrough with just over half an hour to play.

As I type, Courtois does well to gather the ball while preventing himself from sliding out of the area with it.

62Mins

Suddenly, Chelsea break threateningly.

However, Zappacosta’s cross eludes everyone and Liverpool eventually clear.

64Mins

Drinkwater’s cross deflects off Klavan, before hitting off Morata and going wide.

Moments later, Salah gets the ball in the box, but he’s instantly surrounded by Chelsea defenders.

65Mins

68Mins

Oxlade-Chamberlain prods the ball onto Salah on the edge of the box.

The Egptian makes no mistake with the finish.

68Mins

Liverpool make a change right after the goal.

Sturridge is replaced by Wijnaldum.

69Mins

72Mins

Kante floats a ball straight into Mignolet’s arms.

Chelsea have seldom looked like scoring, so they really face an uphill task here.

76Mins

Nervy defending from Liverpool.

Klavan twice tries to clear it, but hits it off his own man both times, before it eventually deflects to safety.

Meanwhile, Chelsea make an attacking change, as Fabregas replaces Drinkwater.

78Mins

Fabregas plays through Morata, but he’s adjudged to be offside.

Meanwhile, Chelsea make another offensive change, as Pedro replaces Bakayoko.

80Mins

Liverpool threaten again.

Wijnaldum’s shot from the edge of the box deflects out for a corner.

83Mins

Coutinho almost plays through Salah, but Azpilicueta makes a vital interception.

Chelsea are throwing bodies forward now, and Liverpool are finding it easier to exploit them on the counter-attack as a result.

84Mins

Another Chelsea change.

Willian is on for Zappacosta.

88Mins

Willian is only just on.

He produces what looks like an attempted cross, but he ends up lobbing Mignolet and finding the net.

89Mins

This game is still being played at a rapid pace, with both sides going for the winner.

Two minutes of normal time remain.

91Mins

Liverpool make a double change.

Lallana makes his first appearance of the season in place of Coutinho.

Meanwhile, Mane comes on for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Right, that’s all from me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

You can read our report on the game here.

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