Liverpool and Chelsea leave good enemies

In this game of fear in view of an upcoming qualification for the Champions League, Liverpool and Chelsea separate on a goalless draw (0-0). Badiashile and Mudryk shone, but it wasn’t enough to bring down some Reds who get stuck in the soft underbelly of the Premier League. A result where both sides seem to lose.

Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

At the start of the season, imagining Liverpool and Chelsea respectively eighth from tenth in the Premier League would have made the world laugh. It was however the accounting data for this meeting of the twenty-first day of the English championship. On the meadow, the duel did not result in a winner and constitutes a bad operation for the two teams, yet legitimate candidates for qualification for the next C1. Did Jürgen Klopp deserve another spell for his thousandth as a coach? It is clear that his Liverpool did not shine enough to make the difference. From then on, reality will knock on the door: these two heavyweights are gradually falling into line.

Havertz, false alarm

This afternoon, Anfield hosts a duel between two teams with dented mouths like two experienced boxers but above all worn out by emerging competition. In the red corner, Liverpool saw a big questioning after his slap received in Brighton. In the blue corner, Chelsea is looking for a new dynamic instilled by its seemingly long-term recruitment. In the middle of all these beautiful people, Michael Oliver referees the meeting and the man in black has his work cut out for him. Very early on, the first controversy entered the scene with a disputed offside on a goal scored by Kai Havertz following a corner (3e).

No opener for Chelsea, therefore. Opposite, Liverpool tries to respond with its new toy Coady Gakpo, but the Batavian striker lacks lucidity in front of goal (9e20e). Not disciplined enough in duels, Scousers concede fouls and on a free kick kicked by Hakim Ziyech, Alisson Becker has to fend off a header from Benoît Badiashile (32e). Pillar of the defense of Blues, the international tricolor actively participates in the neutralization of opposing offensives. Throughout the first period, only the curling shot from Thiago Alcântara well blocked by Kepa Arrizabalaga will count as a shot on target for the Reds (39e). Summary of operations halfway: Chelsea lead in points, but the score remains nil.

Successful first for Mudryk

Touched in their pride, Liverpool began the second act with great collective pressure but Chelsea, invigorated by the entry into play of their new offensive weapon Mykhailo Mudryk, still proved dangerous. Agitator, Ziyech combines the feints of strike and sends his attempt above (60e), then Mudryk pierces the red defense to the point of worrying Alisson (64e) without forgetting to make James Milner sweat profusely replaced in the emergency by Trent Alexander-Arnold. For his part, Gakpo finally finds the frame but lacks power (69e). Slowly but surely, Liverpool are closing in on Kepa’s goal. TAA misses the target on his recovery at the far post (83e) and as too often this season, Darwin Núñez was not decisive in allowing his team to claim victory. The misfortune of some is the happiness of others. Tottenham, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are rubbing their hands.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson-Milner (Alexander-Arnold, 72e), Konaté, J.Gomez, Robertson – Alcântara, Bajčetić (Fabinho, 82e), N. Keita (Núñez, 63e) – Elliott (Jones, 82e), Salah, Gakpo (Henderson, 82e). Coach: Jürgen Klopp.

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Kepa – Badiashile, T.Silva, Chalobah (Azpilicueta, 81e) – Ziyech, Jorginho, Hall (Mudryk, 55e), Cucurella – Gallagher, Mount (Chukwemeka, 82e) – Havertz (Aubameyang, 81e). Coach: Graham Potter.

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