Liverpool and Chelsea continued their disappointing seasons as the injury-hit mid-table sides played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
Chelsea thought they had taken the lead in the third minute when Kai Havertz fired home from close range following a corner, only for VAR to rule the German offside.
In Jurgen Klopp’s 1,000th game in charge, Liverpool looked lacking in confidence as they tried to avoid three consecutive league defeats, with new signing Cody Gakpo missing the best of them in the first half. Created half the chances as well.
The visitors introduced big-money January signing Mykhailo Mudrac in the second half but, while they looked lively, failed to lift the Ukrainian Blues, who picked up a point to leave them in 10th place. Level with Liverpool in eighth place on 29 points.
Both sides are nine points off the top four and Chelsea have played 20 games to Liverpool’s 19.
“I thought the performance was good,” Chelsea boss Graham Potter told BT Sport. “I’m happy with the team, the energy, what we tried to do.
“At Anfield, it’s always difficult. It’s a clean sheet and a point, we move on. All in all, a positive day, apart from the fact that we wanted the three points.”
Klopp claimed Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion was the worst performance of his Anfield tenure, but things didn’t get much better against Chelsea.
The home side looked to be up against it again at Anfield as Huertz fired home from close range but, after a lengthy VAR review, the German was ruled offside.
Chelsea should still have gone into the break in front but another January arrival, defender Benoit Badechile, headed in from goalkeeper Alisson from close range.
After the break, substitute Darwin Nunez went close for Liverpool, Madrak fired into the side netting after a great run while Carney Chukwuemeka should have done better with a late chance for the Blues, but the draw was a fair result. was
Liverpool have failed to win any of their last three Premier League games, while it is the first time since March 2021 that they have failed to score in consecutive games against Fulham and Chelsea.
“When you’re in a difficult period and a difficult moment in the team, I think it’s important to stick together and fight for those clean sheets and that’s where it starts,” Liverpool’s James Milner told BT Sport. It happens,” Liverpool’s James Milner told BT Sport.
“It’s not the best football we’ve been playing but it’s small steps to get to where we know we can be.”
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