Kai Havertz had the ball in the net early for Chelsea but VAR ruled the goal out for offsideLiverpool and Chelsea laid their respective Premier League struggles bare for all to see in a bitterly disappointing stalemate at Anfield.
The two giants, who have been in constant pursuit of major prizes in recent seasons, are currently locked well outside the top four – and how it showed in a dismal game almost devoid of entertainment and quality.
Chelsea had an early Kai Havertz strike ruled out for offside by VAR and there was also a lively debut as a second-half substitute for £89m new boy Mykhailo Mudryk, while Liverpool keeper Alisson saved well from another new Chelsea signing, defender Benoit Badiashile.
Liverpool’s own £45m recruit Cody Gakpo was quiet – he did force one save from Kepa, but otherwise there was little to warm a capacity crowd at a freezing Anfield.
Relive Liverpool v Chelsea and follow all the rest of Saturday’s Premier League actionHow did you rate Liverpool’s performance? Have your say hereWhat did you make of Chelsea’s display? Send us your comments hereLiverpool lack intensity Liverpool made little step forward – KloppThe quality of this game was reflected in the subdued atmosphere at Anfield, with the final whistle greeted with near silence apart from some very mild applause.
Liverpool have made their reputation and based their success under manager Jurgen Klopp not simply on world-class talent but on a searing intensity that has seen teams simply blown away.
They currently look a shadow of that side in every respect – admittedly deprived of attacking talent such as Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino – and there were very few alarms for Chelsea and no serious work for keeper Kepa.
“We had good spells but couldn’t keep it up,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“We have to be ready for little steps and this is a little step. A clean sheet against Chelsea, we didn’t create a lot of chances and they had some as well.
“In the end, I’m OK with 0-0 because you have to accept these steps. We can build on that.”
Liverpool’s new signing Gakpo seems to be in a settling in period, which is perfectly understandable, and he struggled to make an impact apart from one shot on the turn that brought a comfortable save from Kepa in front of The Kop.
Klopp’s side are now nine points off the Champions League places and it is clear they need to find that missing spark – and quickly – if they are to get anywhere near the top four.
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And this is why Potter and Chelsea will take this point, even though they will know they had chances to make it three against a Liverpool defence that continues to look vulnerable, especially without Virgil van Dijk.
“I thought the performance was good,” Potter told BT Sport. “Happy with the team, the energy, what we tried to do. At Anfield, it is always tough. It is a clean sheet and a point, we move forward.
“Overall, a positive day, apart from the fact we wanted three points.”
There was a big bright spot for Chelsea in the cameo from Mudryk, newly arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk but very quick – literally – to adjust to life in the Premier League when he was introduced after 55 minutes.
He provoked panic instantly in the veteran James Milner, who was clearly unable to cope with his pace and received a yellow card for a desperate foul before he was substituted.
Mudryk had a weaving run into the penalty area which ended with a shot into the side-netting and he was unlucky on two occasions when he stole in unnoticed at the far post.
Potter added: “He’s not played football for a while, he’s been on a mid-season break. We had to manage his minutes, but you can see his quality.”
New defender Badiashile also created a good impression although he should have scored with a first-half header that was saved by Liverpool keeper Alisson.
Chelsea will regret not taking some of the opportunities they had when Liverpool’s defence was stretched, but this is a time when they will accept small mercies and a point at Anfield – even with their opponents in their current reduced state – is always acceptable.
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LiverpoolSquad number1Player nameAlisson
Squad number7Player nameMilner
Squad number26Player nameRobertson
Squad number5Player nameKonaté
Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
Squad number2Player nameGomez
Squad number43Player nameBajcetic
Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
Squad number19Player nameElliott
Squad number27Player nameNúñez
Squad number8Player nameKeïta
Squad number18Player nameGakpo
Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
Squad number14Player nameHenderson
Squad number3Player nameFabinho
Squad number17Player nameJones
ChelseaSquad number6Player nameThiago Silva
Squad number15Player nameMudryk
Squad number22Player nameZiyech
Squad number4Player nameBadiashile
Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga
Squad number23Player nameGallagher
Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
Squad number29Player nameHavertz
Squad number14Player nameChalobah
Squad number19Player nameMount
Squad number32Player nameCucurella
Squad number5Player nameJorginho
Squad number67Player nameHall
Squad number30Player nameChukwuemeka
Squad number9Player nameAubameyang
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1Arrizabalaga14ChalobahBooked at 80minsSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 81’minutes6Thiago Silva4Badiashile22Ziyech5Jorginho67HallSubstituted forMudrykat 55’minutes32Cucurella23Gallagher19MountSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 82’minutes29HavertzSubstituted forAubameyangat 81’minutesSubstitutes9Aubameyang12Loftus-Cheek13Bettinelli15Mudryk26Koulibaly27Fofana28Azpilicueta30Chukwuemeka42HumphreysLive TextMatch ends, Liverpool 0, Chelsea 0.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Chelsea 0.
Offside, Liverpool. Fabinho tries a through ball, but Darwin Núñez is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Fabinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Thiago Silva.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.
Curtis Jones (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.
Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Jones (Liverpool).
Foul by Conor Gallagher (Chelsea).
Darwin Núñez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Liverpool. Fabinho replaces Stefan Bajcetic.
Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Harvey Elliott.
Substitution, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson replaces Cody Gakpo.
Substitution, Chelsea. Carney Chukwuemeka replaces Mason Mount.
Substitution, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta replaces Trevoh Chalobah because of an injury.
Substitution, Chelsea. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaces Kai Havertz.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
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