Liverpool managed to stop the bleeding and avoided a fourth home loss in 10 days as Georginio Wijnaldum's second half equaliser and Simon Mignolet's late penalty save earned them a point against the league leaders. While still a long way from their best, there was plenty of spirit from the Reds and they can now look to put their bad run behind them and push on to secure their place in the top four.
Avoiding defeat was a huge positive, as was the return of Sadio Mane. With just six games to come in the next two months, there's an opportunity for Jurgen Klopp to get his best 11 players on the field regularly and try to recapture their early season form.
The centre of defence looked vulnerable on the rare occasions Chelsea actually bothered to try and attack them, and only a dramatic penalty save from Simon Mignolet spared the blushes of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.
Manager rating out of 10
Jurgen Klopp, 6 -- Selecting Adam Lallana in the front three is not ideal but in fairness to Klopp, he had very little alternative given that Mane wasn't ready to play a full game and both Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have been pretty hopeless of late. Perhaps Mane could have been brought on sooner, while the decision to introduce Origi in stoppage time seemed somewhat pointless.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Simon Mignolet, 8 -- Caught cold with the opening goal as presumably he was expecting Willian to take the free kick rather than David Luiz. It's doubtful he'd have been able to keep it out even if he had been paying attention, such was the power and precision of the Brazilian's shot, but nevertheless he won't be happy with himself. Made amends with a massive penalty save late on to deny Diego Costa.
DF Nathaniel Clyne, 6 -- Too often Liverpool's attacks broke down when they reached Clyne in the first half but he did better after the break. Defensively, he played an important role in keeping Eden Hazard relatively quiet.
DF Dejan Lovren, 5 -- Never looked comfortable and endured a torrid time in the second half when his errors could have led to at least two goals.
DF Joel Matip, 6 -- He has not played much football in recent weeks and it occasionally showed in a mixed bag of a performance. Some sloppy play could have been punished on another day, but he also showed flashes of what the Reds have been missing in his absence.
DF James Milner, 6 -- Struggled initially but played his way into the game and began to make his presence felt, especially in the second half when he stole in around the back on a few occasions, most notably to create the equaliser for Wijnaldum. Looked completely shattered in the closing stages but continued to drag his weary body up and down the line.
MF Jordan Henderson, 9 -- Terrific display from the captain, who rarely put a foot wrong throughout. Passed the ball well, whipped in several good crosses (including the one that produced the equaliser), made numerous tackles and interceptions and prevented what looked to be a certain goal late on with a terrific last ditch challenge.
MF Emre Can, 7 -- A determined effort from the German, who put himself about and used his physical presence to good effect. There are still occasions when the lack of guile in his passing lets him down, but there was certainly more good than bad from Can in this game.
MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 7 -- The only Liverpool player to test Thibault Courtois in the first half with a stinging drive, and he popped up with the equaliser after the break. Other than that, lots of energy and fine defensive work. A good night's work from the Dutchman.
FW Roberto Firmino, 5 -- Worked hard, produced some nice touches and link up play outside the box but missed two great chances in the second half. Simply has to do better with one or both of those.
FW Adam Lallana, 5 -- Tireless running but to very little avail. Made no impression in the final third and should benefit more than most from the return of Mane over the coming weeks.
FW Philippe Coutinho, 5 -- Struggled to get into the game and was largely invisible in the first half. Started the second half brightly and some lovely play from him started a swift counter that ended with Firmino blazing over the bar. Eventually ran out of steam and was replaced by Mane.
FW Sadio Mane, NR -- Didn't get as long as supporters would have liked, and Chelsea generally did a good job of keeping the ball away from him, but he almost made a dream return when he created a great chance for Firmino right at the death that the Brazilian was unable to convert.
FW Divock Origi, NR -- Brought on for Lallana right at the end and had no time to do anything.