Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea: Kai Havertz goal canceled, and Mykhailo Mudryk impressed on his debut

Kai Havertz had an early goal disallowed for offside, but the game never really got going after that. Mykhailo Mudryk made an impression for Chelsea off the bench after joining from Shakhtar Donetsk, and he had several chances to score.

However, the two clubs are still tied for third place in the rankings. Jurgen Klopp’s team must settle for stopping a two-game losing streak in the Premier League, while Graham Potter’s side has now gone six games without a win in the tournament.

It was almost a dramatic start when Havertz thought he had scored following a corner but the replays showed he was clearly offside when Thiago Silva struck the post with the initial attempt. The Brazilian’s effort would have been allowed if he had found the net.

That disallowed goal proved a sign of things to come with Liverpool struggling to deal with the set-pieces. It was a feature of the game with Benoit Badiashile almost opening the scoring just after the half-hour mark only for Alisson to save from close range.

Liverpool looked nervous and they were wasteful in attack too. Cody Gakpo, still searching for his first goal for the club, blazed over twice, while the usually reliable Mohamed Salah either miskicked wildly or curled the ball over tamely when in his favourite zone.

It was an error-strewn affair, a stray pass here, a ball miscontrolled there. It was surprising given the quality of the players but perhaps to be expected given the form of the two teams. Languishing in midtable, confidence is clearly lacking, everything looks a struggle.

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Mudryk lightened the mood with his flips, tricks, and intentional passing. He outpaced James Milner, leading Klopp to throw on Trent Alexander-Arnold, but even Mudryk couldn’t break through, missing two decent chances on the angle.

Potter will take the positives and hope that the new addition will be a catalyst for future progress. Klopp, now in his 1000th game as manager, is still looking for a winning formula. Neither team is in the form required to threaten the top four.


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