Brendan Rodgers, who was without the suspended Luis Suarez, started with Sturridge upfront, with new boy Iago Aspas supporting him in attack. Coutinho pulled the strings superbly behind the strikers. Both sides hit the woodwork several times, before Sturridge saw his shot squeeze past the excellent Begovic.
Arsenal began their campaign with a shock 1-3 loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates.
Olivier Giroud got their season up and running with a neat finish, after excellent work from Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left. However, Christian Benteke scored from his own rebound, after missing a penalty. The Gunners flattered to deceive in the second half, before Benteke and Luna struck to heap pressure on Wenger.
Soldado marked his EPL debut with the winner, from the spot against Crystal Palace, while Oscar’s lovely finish and a thunderous Lampard free-kick, gave Mourinho a perfect start to his second tenure at Stamford Bridge.
In Saturday’s late kick-off, reigning champions Manchester United got off to a flying start with a 4-1 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Robin van Persie volleyed in the opener, before Danny Welbeck tapped in Valencia’s cross. Van Persie produced another magnificent finish, before Welbeck lifted the ball over Vorm, to seal David Moyes’s first league win, in charge of the Old Trafford side. wilfried Bony also scored on his debut.
In other games, West Ham defeated Cardiff City 2-0, Norwich drew 2-2 with Everton, Fulham won 1-0 away to Sunderland and Southampton also beat West Brom 1-0.