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Liverpool fightback gives Jürgen Klopp a lift but team’s title race looks run | Andy Hunter

Liverpool benefited from returning players, spirit and verve against Chelsea but the visitors’ Premier League-winning credentials still shone through

Simon Mignolet denied Diego Costa the chance to extinguish Liverpool’s lingering title hopes from the penalty spot, Anfield went wild and so did Jürgen Klopp in the face of the fourth official, Neil Swarbrick. A release from a month of torment, a moment of defiance, but Mignolet’s performance was in keeping with a conflicting night for Liverpool: one tinged with regret.

The Belgium international’s 76th-minute penalty save sparked brief jubilation and ensured Klopp avoided Liverpool’s worst run of home defeats – four – in a little over 93 years. Deservedly so.

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