The Liverpool defender trained yesterday and was included in Jürgen Klopp's squad for the showdown at Stamford Bridge.
But, as the clock ticked down, Sturridge had the final say - bending a attractive strike into the top corner from 30 yards.
'"Joel Matip - a long time injured - but now two games in a row played fantastic".
Two minutes later, the Blues were ahead as Eden Hazard netted for the second straight game against Liverpool with a composed finish from close range.
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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has described Liverpool's form as "scary" and earmarked them as potential Premier League champions.
But Hazard has seen enough to disagree with his manager.
His strike earned Liverpool a vital point and Sturridge does not feel he has scored a better goal. He didn't train with the team so far but I can't say anything more about that.
Hazard's victor at Anfield this week was a goal that will not quickly be forgotten, but his strike on Saturday deserves nearly as many plaudits given the team move that preceded it.
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"I think that he is able to score 40 goals so he has to score another 33".