Liverpool loses its first points in the Premier League this weekend as Jorgen Klopp’s squad is unable to defeat Chelsea at Anfield during the matchday 3’s classic this Saturday. Despite Reece James dismissal at the first half’s extra-time, the game ends with a 1-1 draw which get both teams out of the lead.
The Premier League matchday 3 classic ends with a 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea Saturday at Anfield. During the first half an hour Chelsea looks more prone to have the game under control as they monopolize the ball and attempts to drive it constantly towards the Red’s half-field. Their domination does not wait to be paying with Kai Harvetz’ header that lobs Alisson (22’) after a James’ corner from the left.
With a good field grid, fluid play and constant moves around the center circle, Chelsea confirms its intention to leave the Mersey side with the three points. And Jorginho in great stabilizer, Kante in detonator and Mount in perforator, Liverpool just runs after the ball until that muddle in the Blues’ square and Reece James’ guilt of intentionally blocking the ball with his right hand from crossing the goal line. Obviously, James gets a red card after VAR intervention and Liverpool obtains the right to kick a penalty, which Salah transforms into goal (45+4).
Mendy must be very watchful to deflect strikes from Van Dijk, Fabinho, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.
Back from the dressing room, Thomas Tuchel ousts Kante for Kovacic, and Havertz for Thiago Silva to stand up with a 3-5-1 in anticipation at Liverpool’s reaction. As expected, the Reds bring about more consistence in their play, trying to recuperate the ball from the Blues’ half field when they have it. As a result, they end up depriving Chelsea from having it and from progressing.
Isolated, Romelu Lukaku regresses to help in recovery the ball, what releases Liverpool’s rear guard with Van Dijk and Joel Matip moving up even beyond the half line. Finally, Chelsea accepts to only defend even though Mount and Kovacic try sometimes to throw the leather forward toward the valiant Lukaku. Mendy must be very watchful to deflect strikes from Van Dijk, Fabinho, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.
Certainly, Thiago Alcantara’s entrance for the last fifteen minutes brings air and freshness to the Reds’ play, but it is not sufficient to win.