Apr 21, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Anfield
Liverpool
2-2
Chelsea
Suárez (90'), Sturridge (52')
Henderson (29'), Lucas (54'), Suárez (56'), Carragher (64'), Shelvey (82')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Oscar (26'), Hazard (57' pen.)
Torres (37'), Azpilicueta (53'), Cech (90')

Steven Gerrard hails Daniel Sturridge impact

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal against Swansea on February 17, 2013
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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hails the impact of Daniel Sturridge on his side's 2-2 draw with Chelsea yesterday.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has praised the impact that Daniel Sturridge had on his side's 2-2 draw with Chelsea yesterday.

The Reds trailed 1-0 at half time after Oscar had nodded Chelsea into the lead, forcing manager Brendan Rodgers to bring Sturridge on at the start of the second period in place of Philippe Coutinho.

The England striker had an immediate impact, creating a chance and hitting the post within minutes of coming on before scoring one goal and setting up Luis Suarez's controversial late equaliser.

"Daniel Sturridge made a hell of a difference, if he's in that type of form he's unstoppable and his performance gave the team a lift. The atmosphere was superb in the second half and on chances created we deserved at least a draw out of the game," Gerrard told the club's official website.

"I don't think the atmosphere was flat before the interval, the team was. Sometimes when we play at home it's down to the team to lift the crowd. We need to take the responsibility for being flat in the first half.

"In the second half, when they saw that we were prepared to give them a reaction, they got right behind us. I thought we were very unlucky not to win the game."

Sturridge has scored six goals in 12 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club in January.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the match against Zenit St Petersburg on February 21, 2013
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