Photo: Liverpool fans send their team a clear message during Chelsea draw

Gerrard taking a corner

Liverpool supporters want their skipper Steven Gerrard at Wembley.

Steven Gerrard was inches away from breaking his recent curse against Chelsea last night.

The Liverpool captain has only ever scored against the Blues once, meaning his goals for and against columns are on an even keel (Gerrard scored an own goal in the League Cup final against Chelsea in 2005).

And there he was at Anfield last night, ready to double his tally against Jose Mourinho's men (the right tally) and send the Reds into the lead against one of their biggest rivals.

Sadly for the 34-year-old, the ball fell to his weaker left foot and he didn't manage to get enough curl on his strike from close range. His shot hit the post and Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, who go into the second leg at Stamford Bridge with an away goal to their name.

Brendan Rodgers' side, however, produced their best performance of the season so far - and it will be all to play for in west London.

Liverpool fans' message to their players, meanwhile, was clear. 'Get Gerrard to Wembley,' their banner read. They want their captain to have the swansong he deserves. And a repeat performance at the Bridge will certainly give him that chance.

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