Terry was making his return after a four-game domestic ban for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last season, and he broke the deadlock against Liverpool with a 20th-minute header. Terry glanced home Juan Mata’s corner for 50th goal in Chelsea colours, but could not make it to half-time.

Chelsea’s John Terry heads to score against Liverpool in last night’s EPL ¬†match at Stamford Bridge in London. Pic/AFP

However, 19 minutes later he left the fray on a stretcher, his head in his hands, following a collision with Luis Suarez. Terry’s right knee buckled after Suarez fell on top of him, necessitating five minutes of treatment before he was carried off by medics.

Suarez then added insult to injury by scoring the visitors’ equaliser with 17 minutes to play. The result left Chelsea three points behind leaders Man United and one point below City. ¬†