"When you are winning 1-0 and concede a goal at the end, you can be sad", Eden Hazard said. It's a team game, and I just do my best with however many minutes I get.
Saturday's strike was Sturridge's fourth goal in seven appearances across all competitions this season, yet only two of those have been in the starting team with the majority coming off the bench.
"No, I think they are a step forward but I think also that we are closer than I thought one week ago", he said. But I can think we can fight for the [Champions League].
But the dead eye for goal shown by the Egyptian last season to earn that accolade ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Hazard was missing as Liverpool paid for a wasteful start.
Chelsea were left to play with scraps but nearly had another when N'Golo Kante took a quick free-kick, releasing Hazard.
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And after resting during the midweek, they'll be looking to start quickly against Liverpool.
But Chelsea's credentials are not just down to Hazard and their ability to draw on recent successes.
Daniel Sturridge's stunning last-minute equaliser against his former club rescued a point for Liverpool in dramatic fashion.
"Obviously I've played for this club and achieved stuff with them and got a lot of respect for the players, staff and everything, so I didn't want to celebrate today".
The key weakness in their title aspirations is the lack of goals being scored by Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.
"My cousin gave me some stick the other day for celebrating against Chelsea because he's a Chelsea fan; I think in the moment like the other night I got excited and celebrated".
Therefore, while they might be third favourite in the race, they are a horse with pedigree and can not be ruled out.