Benteke's stoppage time equaliser ensures that Liverpool and Chelsea share spoils at Anfield

Benteke's stoppage time equaliser ensures that Liverpool and Chelsea share spoils at Anfield
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Liverpool's players will now come back out and take their traditional end of season lap of honour, but for us it's goodnight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea. Until next time, au revoir!

That's it, Christian Benteke's stoppage time goal means that it ends all square between Liverpool and Chelsea in the final game at Anfield this season. Hazard was comfortably Man of the Match, and it looked like he was going to be the difference between the two teams until that late goal.

Full-time: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (Hazard, Benteke)

90+2: Liverpool will go 13 games unbeaten at home, as Benteke nods in the simplest of equalising goals. Ojo's cross was a good one, Begovic couldn't handle it, parrying the ball to Benteke who headed into an empty net. No away win for Chelsea tonight, unless there's one more dramatic twist. 

GOAL! Benteke equalises for Liverpool at the death!

90: Three minutes of stoppage time held up on the board.

89: A superb pass from Hazard sets Pedro clear, but Moreno uses his superb pace to get back and slow his countryman down. Pedro does eventually get his shot away, but it's saved by Mignolet.

88: Final change for Liverpool, Ojo on for Toure. Chance for him with his first touch, a looping ball from Allen finding him in the area, but he slices it back across the box.

87: Into the final few minutes here and Chelsea are sitting deep, Liverpool struggling to open the door. The Blues do look slightly dangerous on the break, and may snatch a second. Azpilicueta booked.

82: It's finished Sunderland 3-0 Everton at the Stadium of Light. Newcastle and Norwich are both relegated, joining Aston Villa as the three teams heading for the Championship.

79: Extended spell of attacking for Liverpool, Can eventually tries to place one into the bottom corner as the ball breaks for him from 30 or so yards out. It's a comfortable one for Begovic.

76: Firmino takes a decent free-kick, but it's deflected wide off Hazard. Can they make use of Benteke from the corner? No, caught by Begovic before he drops it as he's fouled in the six-yard box.

75: Coutinho does well to draw a foul on the edge of the box. Meanwhile, Liverpool do make changes, Milner and Lallana off for Allen and Benteke.

73: Still no substitution for Liverpool, but Chelsea make their second change of the night. Tammy Abraham on for Traore.

72: Up to the other end we go! With the hosts pushing for an equaliser, they leave gaps at the back, from which Traore looks to capitalise. His powerful shot is saved by Mignolet, around 30 seconds before Milner picks up a cheap yellow card for a lazy tackle on Fabregas.

71: After a huge lull in proceedings, Liverpool come alive going forward, Clyne somehow not tapping in at the back post after a fantastic Lallana cross.

63: Kenedy gets a run at some tired Liverpool legs, beating three players before the ball falls to the feet of Pedro. He cuts inside onto his left foot, seeing a powerful effort beaten away by Mignolet.

61: Chances missed! Big opportunity for Liverpool to level up as Lallana slips Sturridge in, only for the striker to shoot straight at Begovic. From the follow up corner, the ball floats to Kolo Toure, but his weak header is saved.

57: Substitution for Chelsea, Kenedy replaces Willian.

56: Hazard threatening again, shooting from the edge of the box with Reds players seemingly scared to lunge in and left him drift past them. Mignolet spills it before gathering the ball well to stop Traore getting the rebound.

55: Slow start to the second half. Liverpool lacking something going forward, whilst Chelsea seem happy to slow things down whenever they get on the ball. Sturridge does well on the left hand side and is fouled by Azpilicueta, but Milner's free-kick is poor.

47: Moreno gets a yellow card, drawn by Hazard.

45: Kick-off in the second half.

Sunderland 3-0 Everton, Lamine Kone has his second of the evening. That means that Norwich City and Newcastle United are almost certainly down, unless Everton mount a miracle comeback. No changes from either side at half-time, we're ready to get back underway.

Chelsea ahead at the break after a fairly even first half, with some Eden Hazard magic the difference. Elsewhere, it remains Norwich City 3-1 Watford, whilst Sunderland have gone 2-0 up against Everton.

Half-time: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea (Hazard)

45: One minute of stoppage time, Can wins a free-kick on the edge of the Chelsea area. Final chance for Liverpool to equalise before the break.

43: First yellow card of the night goes to Emre Can, he hauls down a counter-attacking Hazard.

39: Mignolet misjudges the speed of  a Pedro pass, coming out only for Traore to beat him to the ball. The striker gets his shot away, but fortunately for the Belgian it sails wide.

35: Liverpool looking to respond quickly as Coutinho curls one from 25-yards, punched away by Begovic.

32: Picking the ball up in the centre of the pitch, Hazard drifts in between a cluster of Liverpool players, before curling an exquisite finish into the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the box. Magnificent goal.

WHAT A GOAL! Eden Hazard puts Chelsea ahead.

27: Two huge goals at the bottom of the table. Norwich extend their lead against Watford, now 3-1. However, as it stands they're going down with Newcastle tonight, because Sunderland have taken the lead at home to Everton.

23: Hazard has a dig from range, parried by Mignolet, Toure sweeping away the danger before Traore can get near the ball. 

20: Brilliant play from Sturridge to release Firmino down the left hand side, but his touch lets him down in the box and Matic makes a recovery tackle.

14: Chelsea are growing into the game a little more, getting some control of the ball. Traore looks a threat up front, his pace could give Kolo Toure some problems. 

9: Moreno's first to the ball ahead of Pedro as it breaks down the left. Sturridge, involved again, stands a great ball up to the back post, Chelsea ushering it out for a corner which comes to nothing.

7: Chelsea waste a free-kick from a good position, Lovren heading away. Liverpool up the other end quickly, with good work from Daniel Sturridge forcing a corner.

5: Blocked! Good work from Sturridge on the edge of the area, he slips it to Moreno whose cross comes to Coutinho, the Brazilian seeing a goalbound shot blocked by Baba Rahman. 2-1 Norwich after 19 minutes at Carrow Road, Mbokani with the goal. 

2: The set-piece from Sturridge certainly wasn't as good as the skill. Blasted way, way over. Norwich have levelled up quickly against Watford, Nathan Redmond making it 1-1 there.

1: We said that Sturridge could get at Mikel, and he has after just 26 seconds. Firmino wins the ball back, giving it to the striker who sells Mikel with a stepover on the edge of the box. Free-kick.

0: Kick-off at Anfield!

The teams are out at Anfield, shaking hands. Elsewhere, Watford have gone 1-0 up against Norwich, Troy Deeney with the goal.

Just under 15 minutes until kick-off at Anfield. The other two games this evening, Norwich City - Watford and Sunderland - Everton are both underway. We'll keep you up to date with the scores of those games too, never fear.

Chelsea have too picked a strong team, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic all lining up. However, John Obi Mikel's selection at centre-back is a slightly strange one. He could certainly be troubled by Sturridge.

It's a strong Liverpool team picked by Klopp, a team that might well line up in next week's Europa League final. Daniel Sturridge leads the line, supported by Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho. With Mamadou Sakho still suspended, Toure-Lovren is the centre back pairing. 

Chelsea substitutes: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheeky, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.

Liverpool substitutes: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.

Chelsea XI: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Traore.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.

We've got the team news in!

When these two teams met earlier in the season, Liverpool were the victors in one of Klopp's earliest games at the helm. Ramires gave Chelsea an early lead at Stamford Bridge, cancelled out by Philippe Coutinho on the stroke of half-time. Coutinho would score again in the second half, before Christian Benteke's late goal wrapped up a 3-1 win.

The last time these two sides met in a midweek league fixture towards the end of the season was back in 2012, with Liverpool winning 4-1 at Anfield that night. The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly a sweet strike from Jonjo Shelvey, netting from 45 yards out after a mistake from Ross Turnbull. Chelsea didn't care too much though, having beaten the Reds 2-1 in the FA Cup final just days earlier.

Shelvey scores against Chelsea in 2012 (photo; Reuters)
Shelvey scores against Chelsea in 2012 (photo; Reuters)

Unlike Liverpool, Guus Hiddink's side couldn't manage a win at the weekend, going down 3-2 away at relegation strugglers Sunderland. They twice led at the Stadium of Light, before late goals from Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe turned the tide. In truth, Sunderland needed the points more. They can secure safety by beating Everton tonight, sending Newcastle United and Norwich City down in the process.

Chelsea certainly have a difficult task tonight, with the hosts having not lost any of their last 11 games at Anfield in all competitions. The most recent of those was on Sunday against Watford, with goals from Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino securing a 2-0 win against the Hornets

Jürgen Klopp's side can't fall any lower than their current position, due to being 10 points ahead of the team in ninth with just six points left to play for. That team in ninth just so happens to be Chelsea, who have statistically had the worst ever title defence of any Premier League team this year. The Blues won't finish any higher than ninth, but could slip as low as 13th should they lose both of their remaining games.

This season has been full of drama for these two teams, with both changing manager's. Liverpool currently sit eighth in the league, but will move up to seventh with a win tonight, going above Southampton ahead of the final day - on which they'd then have a chance of overtaking both Manchester United and West Ham to move into fifth. 

It's the last midweek night of action in this Premier League season, after last night saw West Ham United beat Manchester United 3-2 in the last ever game at the Boleyn Ground. Elsewhere this evening, Sunderland host Everton at the Stadium of Light.

Good evening everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of the Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Chelsea. Kick-off at Anfield is set for 8PM BST, but stick with us before then as we build up to the game and get the team news ahead of Liverpool's final home game of the season.

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