Out of form, Liverpool and Chelsea battled to a moderate draw that doesn’t help either team in their quest to get back into the top four.
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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool failed to score in a Premier League home game for the first time in over two years as Chelsea had better chances and Graham Potter will be much happier about this point than his counterpart.
The draw still leaves both heavyweights languishing in the middle of the table (on 29 points) as neither Liverpool nor Chelsea played with any real confidence.
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Five minutes added. A couple of chances at the end for both teams but they don’t know how to take advantage of them.
CHANCE! Trent Alexander-Arnold shoots a shot well over the top. That was a good chance, but he never looked comfortable.
A reminder of the players who were unavailable to both teams today.
20 minutes to go. Neither team seems so concerned about going for the win. Given their recent form, both would be happy with a draw.
Mudryk is ready for his Chelsea debut! The $108 million signing has an important role to play in this game. Can he get Chelsea back on track? Well, the first real action from him is a heavy bunt that sees the ball out of play. Things can only get better.
We are on track for the second half and Liverpool are already looking much better. Cody Gakpo puts up a tough chance with a header and both Keita and Gakpo have shots blocked. Jurgen Klopp would have had some strong words at the break and they seem to have worked.
HALFTIME: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea – The Blues were better in the first 45 and thought they were ahead early on, but Kai Havertz had a goal disallowed for offside while Liverpool improved a bit as the game progressed . Still, it’s not a great half for either side that’s really fighting for trust.
It’s all getting a bit scrappy before the break. Liverpool have a little more joy building up attacks, but Chelsea go for tackles. Mohamed Salah with a spin and misses and Thiago Alcantara’s deflected shot is easily saved. That spell basically sums up the game so far. Very hectic without much quality.
SAVE! Great chance for Chelsea to take the lead when Benoit Badiashile heads towards goal but Alisson saves well. Everything is Chelsea. Liverpool cannot leave their own field.
Meanwhile in Orlando…
CLOSE! From a tight angle, Lewis Hall fires a cross shot after Mason Mount had a glorious shot, but instead he decided to play wide to Hall. Chelsea looking more skilled with the ball.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea go long with the ball trying to catch the shaky defensive units. Confidence is very low on both teams.
CLOSE! Cody Gakpo shoots well after some clever play from Liverpool. He has to hit the target.
DON’T GOL! Early drama when Chelsea think they have taken the lead when Thiago Silva’s shot from a corner hits the post and Kai Havertz concedes on goal… but he was offside. The VAR rules it out. No goal, but an early warning sign for Liverpool.
KICK OFF! Anfield is on and we are on. Also, hello to everyone in Orlando at the Fan Fest! What a show is this.
Key stories and fit players to watch
Liverpool have been all over the back and if it wasn’t for Alisson they would have lost a lot more games this season. They are struggling to strike the right balance in their team and even the reliable trio of Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk have struggled this campaign. Liverpool also have big injury problems to deal with and Klopp has to find a way to make it difficult to play Liverpool again.
Chelsea have been solid enough in defense but haven’t looked dangerous in attack since the World Cup break. That’s partly due to injuries and partly because their current forwards just don’t cut it for various coaches. Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Félix have arrived in January to add speed, cunning and directness to their attack, while Kai Havertz is returning to his best and centre-back Benoit Badiashile played very well against Palace after his January arrival from Monaco. Special mention for Kepa Arrizabalaga who continues to star in the Barça goal.
Liverpool team news, injuries, line-up options
Where do we start with this list of injuries? Liverpool will be without Roberto Firmino, Luis Díaz, Diogo Jota and Arthur Melo, while Darwin Núñez has options to return after his thigh injury. Kostas Tsimikas is a doubt, as is Virgil van Dijk after injuring his thigh against Brentford on January 2. All of that means Klopp starts Salah, Cody Gakpo and Harvey Elliott in attack, with Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate starting. at center back and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench while James Milner starts at right-back.
Chelsea team news, injuries, line-up options
Joao Felix has two more games out due to suspension, while Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling, N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Denis Zakaria, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Armando Broja and Edouard Mendy remain out. That’s pretty much a whole team injury. Mykhailo Mudryk could make his Chelsea debut as a substitute, while Graham Potter has kept Ziyech, Mount and Havertz together in attack, plus Conor Gallagher looked great in midfield last time out and is starting again.
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