Chelsea and Liverpool’s struggles proceed as the most recent assembly between the 2 ends in a goalless draw. A draw which realistically helps neither as the 2 titans of English soccer discover themselves engaged in a mid-table melee.
Chelsea’s scoring struggles in entrance of the purpose and Liverpool’s atrocious away document this season made this recreation an attractive contest, nonetheless, when the ultimate whistle was blown the consequence was an insipid goalless draw, which in a way does go on to replicate the place each these groups presently stand.
An Insipid Chelsea Meets An Uninspired Liverpool
Each Chelsea and Liverpool got here into this fixture on the again of poor outcomes, and even earlier than the ball was kicked it was evident that each the groups got here into this match beneath appreciable stress.
Chelsea got here into this fixture on the again of the sacking of their Head Coach Graham Potter, the Englishman who changed Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge earlier this season was sacked following Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, he was relieved from his duties because the Head Coach on Sunday.
This was Chelsea’s first dwelling recreation beneath the newly appointed Interim-Head Coach Bruno Saltor.
Liverpool however got here into this fixture on the again of three consecutive defeats, the Reds who presently discover themselves languishing within the eighth place within the Premier League desk got here into this match hoping to make enhancements to their horrible away kind.
How They Lined Up:
This fixture was a must-win recreation for each these groups as they appeared to bounce again from disappointing outcomes.
Bruno Saltor picked a formation which the Chelsea followers have been used to seeing beneath Potter. Chelsea lined up in a 3-5-2 formation that’s with 3 centre-backs and two wing-backs in Reece James and Chilwell, adopted by a three-man midfield and a entrance two of Havertz and Joao Felix.
Liverpool however, had lined up of their ordinary 4-3-3 system, nonetheless, Jurgen Klopp had made some massive calls as he made sure outstanding modifications to the 11 which was battered by Manchester Metropolis.
Probably the most notable modifications within the Liverpool line up which began at Stamford Bridge included- Firmino coming in for Gakpo, Curtis Jones making a begin within the midfield, Salah being benched and Nunez and Jota beginning within the large positions, additionally Trent Alexander Arnold and Robertson being benched had been among the many daring selections taken by Klopp.
A key absentee for Liverpool was their star defender Virgil Van Dijk.
How The Recreation Panned Out:
Chelsea began the match brightly with Liverpool struggling within the preliminary part of the sport.
N’Golo Kante’s presence within the midfield gave higher stability to the group as he was key in serving to his aspect create some good early possibilities. Early possibilities for Chelsea got here to Kovacic and Havertz whose makes an attempt had been blocked off by the Liverpool defence.
Reece James had discovered the again of the web for Chelsea within the twenty fourth minute however the purpose was disallowed as a result of an Enzo Fernandez offside within the play main as much as the purpose.
Kai Havertz had one other probability within the first half the place he did not shoot on track.
For Liverpool, it was the final minutes of the primary half once they managed to create some good possibilities because the Reds ended the primary half higher than they began it.
It was the identical outdated story for Chelsea within the second half as they began the half on the entrance foot however failed to seek out the again of the Liverpool internet. Though Kai Havertz did slot the ball previous Alisson within the fiftieth minute, the purpose was appropriately disallowed on the bottom of Handball.
Kovacic additionally had a very good probability within the early levels of the second half however he did not convert it right into a purpose.
Two half-chances got here the way in which of Joao Felix however the Portuguese was unable to fit the ball at the back of the web.
Chelsea had the higher possibilities within the second half however a degree away at Stamford Bridge isn’t a foul consequence for Liverpool given their away document this season.
What Lies Forward:
The home League marketing campaign is just about a write-off for each these sides.
Liverpool is presently 7 factors behind the 4th Champions League spot of the desk they usually have Arsenal arising at Anfield of their subsequent match, whereas there are simply 10 video games remaining until the top of the season, subsequently it seems to be unlikely that they may have the ability to bridge the hole to the highest 4 locations.
Whereas for Chelsea, Champions League glory stays a faint chance as they face Actual Madrid within the Champions League quarter-final.