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Hit by injuries and an unexpectedly poor season, Liverpool and Chelsea were unraveling in nerves, they took their game this Saturday at Anfield They reached the limit of tension and signed a goalless draw that served no one, a sad celebration for Jürgen Klopp's 1,000th game on the “red” bench.
19 points behind Arsenal, the leader, and ten points behind fourth place before matchday 20 began. from the Premier , to Liverpool and Chelsea They were not only in need of the three points, but they also needed to recover sensations; They felt important against a rival with whom they have usually competed for the title, waiting to recover troops.
For this reason, they offered a vibrant, nervous and chaotic match
Threatened to attack. More so in the first half was Chelsea, for whom the VAR annulled their decision. a goal by Kai HavertzHe was ruled offside in the 3rd minute and half an hour later he saw how Alisson played the ball. A header from Benoit Badiashile hit the line in the small area, but he recovered the ball. Liverpool took control before the break, which with the Uruguayan Darwin Núñez on the bench only came close to the goal. with some danger through Cody Gakpo, his star signing in the winter market.
Encouraged by that end of the first half, Klopp's team charged the ball. with everything around the locker room. he locked up He joined the “blues” in his field and finished off his goal. More in the first ten minutes of the restart than in the previous three quarters of an hour.
It scared the team so much. Liverpool, which Graham Potter opted for. for turning to the Ukrainian Myjailo Mudryk, the twenty-something for whom the Chelsea has paid 100 million euros -bonuses included- to Shakhtar Donetsk.
On for his debut! 💪#LivChe pic.twitter.com/n05A1M1Fl7
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 21, 2023
Hardly training sessions in London, the Ukrainian did not need to speak. It took me a long time to show why. He is one of the great promises of European football and, in 10 minutes, he signed his name. the first time 'blue' -which sent a message He reached Kepa's side of the net after dribbling past two rivals- and got the ball out of him. A yellow card was awarded to James Milner, replaced shortly after by Trent Alesander-Arnold.
With Darwin Núñez strongLiverpool and Chelsea they announced more danger than efficiency in the penalty areas and could not find the way to the goal, while Klopp was screaming on the wing, unable to find the formula that would allow him to celebrate with a He won his thousandth game, forced to admit that the February meeting against Real Madrid in the Champions League is of vital importance to straighten out the campaign.
Liverpool: Alisson, Milner (Alesander-Arnold, m.72), Konate, Gómez, Robertson, Bajcetic (Fabinho, m.82), Keita (Núñez, m.63) , Thiago, Elliott (Jones, m.82), Salah, Gakpo (Henderson, m.82).
Chelsea: Kepa, Chalobah (Azpilicueta, m.81), Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella, Hall (Mudryk, m.55), Jorginho, Gallagher, Mount (Chukwumeka, m.82), Ziyech, Havertz (Aubameyang, m.81).
Referee :Michael Oliver. He admonished for Liverpool to Bajcetic, Milner and Jones and for Chelsea to Chalobah.