LIVERPOOL (England): Liverpool and chelsea continued their disappointing seasons as injured mid-table sides played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Anfield in the premier league the Saturday.
Chelsea thought they had taken a third-minute lead when Kai Havertz shot from close range after a corner, only to VAR to rule out the German offside.
In Juergen Klopp’s 1,000th game in management, Liverpool looked bereft of confidence as they sought to avoid three straight league defeats, creating only half chances with a new signing. Cody Gakpo miss the best of them in the first half.
The visitors announced the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk in January but, despite looking sharp, the Ukrainian was unable to lift the Blues, who picked up a point which leaves them 10th, at tied on 29 points with Liverpool in eighth.
Both teams are nine points clear of the top four, with Chelsea having 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 tough. It’s a clean sheet and a point, we move on. Overall a positive day, apart from the fact that we wanted three points.”
Klopp claimed Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out was the worst of his tenure at Anfield, but things haven’t improved much against Chelsea.
The home side looked to be up against them again from the start at Anfield as Havertz fired from close range but, after a lengthy VAR review, the German was ruled offside.
Chelsea should have entered the break up front anyway but another January arrival, defender Benoit Badiashile, came too close to goalkeeper Alisson from close range.
After the break substitute Darwin Nunez closed in on Liverpool, Mudryk fired into the side netting after a mazy run while Carney Chukwuemeka should have done better with a late opportunity for the Blues but a draw was a fair result .
Liverpool have failed to win any of their last three Premier League games despite failing to score in back-to-back matches in the competition since March 2021 against Fulham and Chelsea for the first time.
“When you’re in a tough time and a tough time in the team, I think it’s important that you stick together and fight for those clean sheets and that’s where it starts,” James said. Liverpool’s Milner at BT Sport.
“It’s not the best football games we’ve played, but it’s small steps to get to where we know we can be.”



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