ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Liverpool and Chelsea failed to improve their poor Premier League position as they played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
There were few real chances for either side in a low-quality game that showed exactly why both are ensconced firmly in mid-table.
Chelsea debutant Mykhailo Mudryk was a rare bright spot, threatening the Reds’ defence with his pace and invention during a second-half cameo.
However, both managers were ultimately left to reflect on a point that does little to aid their push for a place in the top four.
Honours even but plenty to take forward. 💪 pic.twitter.com/zMH3I6RXg4
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 21, 2023
Liverpool vs. Chelsea result
Mudryk gives Chelsea hope of improvement
For all the negativity around both these teams this season, Chelsea can at least cling to the hope that their ongoing spending spree might bring about a sudden improvement.
Mudryk’s appearance off the bench in the second half here certainly hinted at that, the Ukrainian tormenting Liverpool’s defence in his brief time on the pitch.
If his fellow signings can make a similar impact going forward, then it is not hard to see things clicking pretty quickly for Graham Potter’s side.
In fact, a late push for the Champions League might even be within reach.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 21, 2023
Liverpool might have to take patient approach
Unfortunately for Liverpool, it looks far less likely that they will be able to pull off a rapid turnaround in their fortunes.
The club continues to insist that there will be no more big-money January additions following the signing of Cody Gakpo.
And if that is indeed the case, then improvement feels unlikely until there is a sudden easing of injury problems in the frontline.
The Reds desperately need Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz back to give them sufficient cutting edge to regularly win games and that isn’t happening any time soon.
It finishes goalless at Anfield. pic.twitter.com/CRnsoKAJSN
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 21, 2023
Solidity a base to build on
All is not completely lost for Jurgen Klopp’s side, though, with a rare clean sheet in this game at least offering reason for optimism.
It was the Reds’ first Premier League shutout in nine games and second in as many outings in all competitions after Wolves were kept at bay last time out.
Things might not be clicking up top, but stopping the opposition from scoring is a good starting point for any team looking to turn their form around.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea live as it happened, highlights
FINAL: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea
FULLTIME: All over at Anfield and it ends with both sides getting a point. You’d have to say that is probably deserved given the real lack of quality on show.
90th min (+3): Nunez thinks he has a chance to win it when a deflected Fabinho shot falls to him, but the flag is up and Azpilicueta made the block anyway.
90th min: Five minutes to be added on.
87th min: Henderson is played in down the right by Nunez but Azpilicueta is in the right place at the right time to nod the cross away.
80th min: Liverpool changing things up again, Jones, Henderson and Fabinho replacing Gakpo, Elliott and Bajcetic.
Chelsea, meanwhile, swap Havertz, Chalobah and Mount for Chukwuemeka, Azpilicueta and Aubameyang.
76th min: Nunez isolates Thiago Silva one-on-one and beats him for pace on the outside but his well-struck, left-footed shot is straight at Kepa.
72nd min: Milner now heading off after that yellow, with Alexander-Arnold his replacement.
The young Scouser has a big job on against Mudryk, who has been electric since coming on.
67th min: And now Mudryk almost gets away down the left, forcing Milner into a foul that brings a deserved booking.
65th min: Brilliant feet from Mudryk in the box allows him to fashion a shooting chance, but his attempt is into the sidenetting.
He looks lively!
62nd min: Nunez now on for Liverpool, with Keita making way and Elliott dropping into midfield.
55th min: Mykhailo Mudryk getting his Chelsea debut, entering the fray in place of Lewis Hall.
50th min: Liverpool have started this half brightly, penning Chelsea in and creating chances.
The latest sees Keita volley goalward from just inside the box before a block in a deep position saves the visitors.
46th min: Liverpool get the game restarted… and a Konate lump forward very nearly deceives Kepa in the air before drifting inches wide! That would have been a decent start for Liverpool.
HALFTIME: The whistle sounds on an even but fairly poor first half of football. Chelsea had the tactical advantage in the early stages, but Liverpool have since found ways of playing through the press.
45th min (+1): Keita picks out Salah with a beauty of an outside-of-the-boot pass but, unusually for him, the Egyptian horribly miscues his finish.
45th min: Four minutes of added time.
39th min: Thiago gets a deflected shot away that Kepa gets down to collect with ease, but Liverpool starting to improve in the last five minutes.
31st min: Cucurella is down and needs treatment, but it’s nothing that will force him out of the game.
And now Chelsea go close as Badiashile nods a free-kick straight at Alisson when he had a glorious chance to score at the Kop end. Liverpool hanging on.
25th min: The ball falls to Gallagher at the edge of the area but his effort is tame and easily collected by Alisson.
20th min: Gakpo picks Hall’s pocket at the edge of the box but smashes his attempt way over. Needed more composure there.
16th min: This has very quickly descended into a cagey, low-quality affair. No surprise, perhaps, given this is ninth against 10th in the Premier League.
7th min: Gakpo blasts over after Salah tees him up in the box following a Bajcetic ball in behind.
The Dutchman really should have done better.
3rd min: Chelsea think they have taken the lead when Havertz pokes home after Thiago Silva had hit the post following a corner delivery.
Unfortunately for the visitors. Thiago had strayed into an offside position before shooting and the goal is chalked off by VAR.
1st min: Chelsea get us started at Anfield.
15 mins from kickoff: It is absolutely freezing here at Anfield as the players finish off their much-needed warm-ups. Both sides could do with a fast start to ward off the cold as much as anything.
30 mins from kickoff: Trent Alexander-Arnold only on the bench for Liverpool today as a result of a muscle issue that has kept him out of training in recent days.
45 mins from kickoff: No sign of that protest against Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group that was rumoured on social media this week.
Just nipped down to check in on the pre-match protest that was supposed to start here at 11.30. Proof if ever it was needed of the complete disconnect between social media and real life. pic.twitter.com/OJ70Bms2Wo
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) January 21, 2023
1 hr from kickoff: The team news is in.
Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Gomez, Konate, Robertson, Bajcetic, Keita, Thiago, Salah, Gakpo, Elliott
Chelsea: Kepa, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Hall, Gallagher, Jorginho, Mount; Ziyech, Cucurella, Havertz
1.5 hrs from kickoff: Team news coming in half an hour’s time and some big decisions for both managers ahead of this one. Can Klopp risk a start for Darwin Nunez following his return from a hamstring injury? And will Potter go with new signing Mykhailo Mudryk from the start? Not long until we find out.
2 hrs from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs. Chelsea in the Premier League. How desperately these two managers could do with a win today to pull away from mid-table and finally kickstart their disappointing seasons – stick with us to find out who comes out on top.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool lineups
Liverpool starting 11
(4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Milner, Gomez, Konate, Robertson — Keita, Bajcetic, Thiago — Salah, Gakpo, Elliott
Subs: Kelleher, Tsimikas, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Henderson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nunez, Jones
- Injured: Diaz, Jota, Van Dijk, Arthur, Firmino
- Suspended: None
Jurgen Klopp has chosen to send a message to his senior stars with his selection for the visit of Chelsea, with struggling midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho among those bench.
That means chances for Stefan Bajcetic and Naby Keita, while Darwin Nunez is picked to start from the bench after only recently recovering from a muscle problem.
Chelsea starting 11
(4-2-3-1): Kepa (GK) — Chalobah, Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella — Jorginho, Gallagher — Ziyech, Mount, Hall — Havertz
Subs: Bettinelli, Azpilicueta, Humphreys, Koulibaly, Chukwuemeka, Loftus-Cheek, Mudryk, Aubameyang, D Fofana
- Injured: Sterling, Pulisic, Kante, Zakaria, James, Fofana, Chilwell, Broja, Mendy, Kovacic
- Suspended: Felix
Graham Potter has also opted to go with youth over experience in key positions in a bid to halt Chelsea’s slide, with the likes of Conor Gallagher, Benoit Badiashile and Lewis Hall benefiting.
What time is Liverpool vs. Chelsea kickoff?
Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, England. It kicks off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday, January 21.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|Hong Kong||20:30 HKT|
|New Zealand||01:30 NZDT*|
*Game starts on January 22 in these time zones
Liverpool vs. Chelsea live stream, TV channel
This contest kicks off the weekend Premier League action with fans from across the world set to watch the game.
Below is all the information on TV and streaming options across some of the major territories.
|UK||BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate||BT Sport App|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport Premier League, Sky Sport NOW||Sky Go|
|India||Star Sports Select 1||JioTV, Hotstar VIP|
|Hong Kong||Now Premier League TV (Ch. 620-621)||Now E, Now Player|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport 3||sooka, Astro Go|
UK: The match will be televised and streamed on BT Sport’s platforms.
USA: This match is only available to stream on NBC streaming platform Peacock in both English and Spanish.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.