The spotlight was supposed to have been reserved for former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez on his first appearance back at Anfield but Reds striker Luis Suarez upstaged him with the latest of late equalisers. Benitez was denied a victorious return to the scene of many of his former glories by player of the year candidate Suarez, who struck to level the game at 2-2.
It was a strike that righted the wrong that lead to them going behind in the second-half, with his handball which resulting in a Chelsea penalty. His equalising goal with virtually the last kick of the game in the sixth and final minute of added time.
Chelsea had looked like winning with a goal from Oscar and Eden Hazard's converted spot-kick either side of substitute Daniel Sturridge's close-range strike. With Tottenham winning earlier in the day the draw was a blow to Chelsea's UEFA Champions League expectations as it dropped them to fourth, just a point ahead of their London rivals.
Benitez was making his first return to Anfield since leaving the club in 2010. His affinity with Liverpool supporters has only been strengthened by his support for the Hillsborough families and yesterday he visited the memorial for the 96 who died their and laid flowers and a single red rose for Anne Williams - a passionate campaigner who died this week.
Oscar on target
Chelsea's opening goal was courtesy of a near-post header by the Brazil international who managed to out-fox Daniel Agger and then beat Jamie Carragher to beat Jose Reina inside his left hand post. Prior to that there has been little in the way of goal threat with Glen Johnson poking wide from Suarez's lay-off after the England full-back had begun the move with Jordan Henderson.
Ramires' drive was punched clear with two fists by Reina who, after the 26th-minute goal, almost embarrassed himself by fumbling David Luiz's long-range free-kick and only just managed to retrieve the ball before it crossed the line.
Liverpool's first shot came in the 40th minute when Suarez's effort was beaten away by Petr Cech, who dealt more comfortably with the Uruguay international's scuffed strike on the stroke of half-time. Philippe Coutinho, who had looked increasingly tentative and timid, was replaced by Sturridge - bought from Chelsea in January - and he instantly changed the dynamic.
His first run put Steven Gerrard clean through - only for Cech to deflect the shot wide with his legs - and then he smashed a 25-yard effort against the post. But the England striker did brilliantly to get his feet in the right position to convert an awkward chance from Suarez's superbly lofted far post cross in the 52nd minute.
Liverpool's bubble was burst pretty quickly, however, as when Suarez handled defending a Juan Mata corner Hazard stroked home from the spot. They continued to press but the closest they came to puncturing a hole in Chelsea's defence, apart from Suarez's teeth, was when substitute Jonjo Shelvey fired into the side-netting.
However, Suarez produced another talking point by heading home Sturridge's cross with the clock showing 96 minutes and 34 seconds.