Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea
Premier League (19) | Anfield
January 21, 2023
Hearts dropped after just three minutes, with Kai Havertz scoring after poor defending from a corner, not for the first time this season – but, thankfully, Chelsea‘s joy was short-lived.
VAR intervened, offside the call for an early let-off, and Anfield roared its approval.
But the Reds made life hard for themselves by gifting possession to Chelsea having not immediately settled into the match, with the visitors taking confidence in Liverpool’s missteps.
Cody Gakpo‘s radar was zoned into the stands, snatching at two efforts, but as half-time loomed, Klopp’s side started to ask questions, but a meaningful shot on target continued to elude.
Half time: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea
- 3 changes from Wolves; Bajcetic’s first league start
- Klopp’s 1,000th game as a manager
- Liverpool’s fifth league draw of the season
Ibrahima Konate‘s cross-cum-shot almost caught Kepa out and triggered early pressure from the Reds to start the second half, intent that was lacking in the first 45.
The substitution shifted Harvey Elliott to the right of midfield, Gakpo remained in the central role and Nunez took over on the left wing – but perhaps it ought to have been the other way around.
But the match was without a cutting edge from either side, the moments of quality were few and far between, indicative of their respecting standings in the table.
At the halfway stage of the Premier League season, Liverpool have 29 points, the lowest return since 2015/16.
TIA Man of the Match: Thiago
Referee: Michael Oliver
Subs not used: Kelleher, Matip, Tsimikas, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Subs not used: Bettinelli, Humphreys, Koulibaly, Loftus-Cheek, D. Fofana