Magical Eden Hazard came on as a second-half substitute with majestic goal that belied the low tempo affair that had punctuated out Liverpool 2-1 in the EFL Cup third round.
Though there was a hint of controversy as replays seemed to suggest Ross Barkley could have been marginally offside, though VAR did not intervene. Chelsea capitalised and it was Hazard who again made the difference with a fantastic goal
It was going to take something special to stop Liverpool and Hazard did just that as he ended their 100 per cent start to the season ahead of both sides meeting this weekend in the Premier League.
After nutmegging Roberto Firmino in the build-up, Eden Hazard swapped passes with Cesar Azpilicueta, cut inside off the right, dashed past a static defence and lashed an unstoppable drive across Simon Mignolet.
Salah and co, though, will quickly have a chance for revenge as they head to Chelsea protecting a perfect Premier League record for a blockbuster Stamford Bridge clash on Saturday.
Sturridge though, has a fine record in this competiton for the Reds, and he was not to be denied. This time, his balance was sublime, as he piovted back to goal onto another save from the Chelsea keeper to turn into the net.