Liverpool and Chelsea continued their disappointing seasons as the injury-hit mid-table teams played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
Chelsea thought they had raced into a third-minute lead when Kai Havertz fired home from close range after a corner, only for VAR to rule the German offside. Liverpool seemed shorn of confidence as they looked to avoid three straight league defeats, only creating half chances with new signing Cody Gakpo missing the best of them in the opening period.
The visitors introduced big-money January arrival Mykhailo Mudryk in the second half but, while he looked lively, the Ukrainian was unable to lift the Blues, who earned a point that leaves them 10th in the standings, with Liverpool eighth. Read the game back below with our dedicated match blog, featuring expert insight and analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Anfield.
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Liverpool FC 0 - 0 Chelsea FC
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Here are Nizaar Kinsella’s Chelsea player ratings.
Two men impressed.
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Neither team could afford to lose this game, really, but a draw also does neither any help.
I suspect Klopp would be the more frustrated of the pair.
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96min: That’s it!
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91min: Five minutes added on.
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90min: Jones gets booked for a foul on Azpilicueta.
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86min: It’s all getting a bit frantic and end-to-end. Azpilicueta takes the ball off of the toe of an unmarked Salah at the back post.
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81min: Azpilicueta is on for his 500th Chelsea appearance, the first overseas player to reach that landmark. Aubameyang and Chukwuemeka also come on. Injured Chalobah off, Mount and Havertz.
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79min: Both teams preparing changes now. Liverpool possibily throwing on three news faces.
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75min: Mudryk has transformed the match for Chelsea, almost combining with Ziyech again for the opener until the latter’s shot is blocked.
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73min: Trent is now on, replacing Milner.
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72min: Mudryk at the back post and looks certain to volley home but tries to control the fizzed pass the chance is gone.
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70min: Alexander-Arnold is coming on.
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69min: A smart turn and shot from Gakpo, which I think is Liverpool’s second shot on target and first of his second half.
Straight at Kepa.
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67min: Mudryk looks to race clear from Milner, who flies in and takes then booking. Some introduction for the £88.5m man.
Milner surely needs to go taken off.
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65min: Almost a debut goal for Mudryk! Fantastic feet to find space in the area before firing into the side netting.
That livened up the crowd.
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62min: Mudryk’s first real touch of note, and it’s a heavy one as the ball goes out of play.
Nunez is on, replacing Keita.
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60min: Here comes Darwin Nunez.
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56min: Mudryk is playing on the left, Gallagher drops in at no6 with Mount the no10.
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55min: Lewis Hall makes way.
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54min: Mudryk is getting some instructions from Potter. Debut imminent?
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52min: Chelsea can’t get out of their half!
Gakpo and Elliott combine well down the left and look to find Salah in the area but the move breaks down.
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50min: Keita’s goalbound effort is blocked by Thiago Silva inside the area!
Liverpool really pushing.
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49min: Free kick is floated to the back post, but Chelsea clear at the second attempt.
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48min: Liverpool on the front foot, with Salah going close and Milner busy on high up on the right to push Chelsea back.
Robertson wins a free kick off Ziyech.
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46min: Back underway!
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Will Jurgen Klopp make changes? Perhaps time to throw Nunez into the mix and put Gakpo on the left.
Something needs to change.
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50min: Poor. Very poor.
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47min: Salah on the right, into the area, cuts inside... and finds row Z.
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46min: Four minutes added on.
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44min: Impressive defending by Thiago Silva, who heads the ball over Kepa to send a cross behind for a corner. He had to do that with Salah lurking at the back post.
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42min: This has not been a good half of football.
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39min: Better from Liverpool, who work it towards the edge of Chelsea’s area before first Salah’s half-volley is blocked and then Thiago’s deflected effort is comfortable for Kepa.
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34min: Bajcetic is booked for a foul on Hall.
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31min: Almost the opener! The delivery is wiped in and evades every Liverpool defender until Badiashile’s heads straight at Alisson.
Big chance for his first goal.
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30min: Half an hour gone and Chelsea on top after an impressive opening period.
Hall wins a free kick around 30 yards out, near the left-hand touchline.
Nizaar Kinsella at Anfield
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“Gallagher's position is very interesting.
“In the no10 role, his running off the ball has created some threat for Liverpool to cope with. Almost in-behind from a good Ziyech pass.”
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Havertz is getting in great positions and finds himself in Liverpool’s area, back to goal. A little flick finds Mount, who play it out wide to Hall for a shot-cum-cross across the face of goal.
Mount could have gone himself then.
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15min: Liverpool have handed Chelsea’s fast start well, and are starting to put some pressure on their visitors.
Nizaar Kinsella at Anfield
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“Havertz’s foot was ahead the ball when Thiago Silva shot against the post, leading to the offside.
“If Alisson had saved it, he would have been onside because it wouldn’t have counted as a pass.”
Every day is a school day.
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8min: A frantic start to the game after that disallowed goal.
Thiago Silva had hit the post in an onside position, but Havertz was then offside for the rebound.
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3min: Chelsea think they lead as Havertz fires home after Liverpool fail to deal with a corner, but the German is offside.
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2min: Robertson has already wiped out Gallagher.
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1min: Here we go!
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It’s not warm up north (or anywhere in England). Here’s Nizaar.
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Here’s what £88.5million buys you. Mykhailo Mudryk is in the building and on the bench.
Klopp on Chelsea spending
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Jurgen Klopp cannot explain Chelsea's unprecedented "impressive" spending.
The Blues have spent over £400million since the consortium headed by billionaire Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital took over in the summer, with £140m of that outlay coming in the last 15 days with potentially more expected before the end of the month.
That is a lot more than Liverpool, who after buying Benfica forward Darwin Nunez for an initial £64m - which could rise to a club-record £85m with add-ons - and youngsters Fabio Carvalho (from Fulham for £5m) and Calvin Ramsay (from Aberdeen for £6.5m), have added £38m PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo as their likely only January transfer.
On whether Chelsea's spending made the challenge for the Premier League top four more difficult Klopp, who celebrates his 1,000th match as a manager on Saturday, said: "Maybe. It may get probably even worse or better, I don't know exactly how you want to say it.
"Interesting (the spending). I cannot explain it, I have no idea. But if the numbers are true then it's impressive."
Do or die in top-four race
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With both Liverpool and Chelsea sitting a huge 19 points adrift of leaders Arsenal, defeat for either in today’s Anfield showdown would realistically spell the end of their top-four ambitions.
Jurgen Klopp still clearly holds a lot of credit after inspiring the Reds to their historic title triumph but the outcome may be bleaker for Graham Potter, who is still to convince some of the more impatient elements of the Stamford Bridge support that he is the right man for the job.
Mudryk on the bench
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It's just the one change for Chelsea from the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace as Marc Cucurella comes in for Carney Chukwuemeka.
Fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see £88.5m January signing Mykhailo Mudryk as the 22-year-old winger is on the bench.
Mateo Kovacic is not involved.
Nizaar Kinsella t Anfield
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Graham Potter’s line up will again leave people guessing with Marc Cucurella the only change for Carney Chukwuemeka from the 1-0 win over Crysta Palace last time out.
They have either crowbarred someone in at right wing back or Lewis Hall is playing in his preferred central midfield role.
Three changes for Liverpool
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Jurgen Klopp makes three changes from the win over Wolves in the FA Cup.
Alisson, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah come back into the lineup, as 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic keeps his place in midfield. James Milner is in at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold nursing a niggle on the bench.
Darwin Nunez is fit enough for a place on the bench after missing the last two games.
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Mudryk is on the bench.
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Alexander-Arnold is on the bench.
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Sounds like Mudryk is on the bench.
Klopp is 1000-up!
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Jurgen Klopp will today mark his 1,000th match as a manager.
The 55-year-old began at Mainz, where he took charge for the first time on February 28, 2001, before moving to Borussia Dortmund where he broke Bayern Munich's Bundesliga stranglehold with back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
He went on to win every major club honour at Liverpool, including a sixth Champions League and a first Premier League title in 30 years, while also leading the Reds to two other Champions League finals and two second-place league finishes, one with a record 97 points.
His Liverpool side have been pipped to the title by Manchester City twice by a point, in 2019 and 2022, but holds the record for winning more competitive games against Pep Guardiola (11) than any other coach.
Klopp's overall win percentage across his career is 53.9 per cent, with his Liverpool record 60.7 per cent.
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It’s hard to gauge Liverpool at the moment, while Chelsea’s options have been absolutely decimated by injury.
With neither at full strength, a draw seems a likely outcome.
Chelsea team news
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For Chelsea, Mykhailo Mudryk is in contention to make his debut in at least some capacity, although it comes too early for the likes of Reece James and Ben Chilwell despite their return to training.
Denis Zakaria has become the latest Blues player struck down by injury and will not be available for around four weeks.
Liverpool team news
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Jurgen Klopp rung the changes for the win over Wolves and is expected to bring back some of his big-name players.
Alisson should start in goal, while all of Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Fabinho are in line to return.
Still, the Liverpool boss has spoken of wanting his team to fight, so perhaps that indicates at some surprising calls.
Where to watch
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TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate with coverage starting at 11.30am.
Live stream: The BT Sport app will offer a live stream service across mobile devices, laptops, games consoles and tablets.
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