Liverpool 0 - 0 Chelsea - The Post-Mortem 

Liverpool 0 - 0 Chelsea - The Post-Mortem 

In terms of the result and path to get there, Liverpool were able to look more defensively stable, which resulted in a clean sheet. With only one point gained from a very uneventful game, it appears that this is the stodgy kind of performance that the Reds wanted in order to start regaining control of games.

When looking at the starting line-up, it really was a case of putting out a team that deserved to start. Fabinho looks slow and inefficient this term, whilst the captain remains the continual weak link within a team that requires both energy and intensity. Ali was a certainty to come back in for Caoimhin Kelleher, and his performance was validated with one great moment that kept his clean sheet assured. Trent had a hamstring injury (which kept him away from the FA Cup replay), so a place on the bench was his first step back to first team action. With Robbo replacing Kostas, it just made sense to have the senior left back starting.

The middle area was the most talked about part of the team as the ultra-impressive Stefan Bajčetić retained his place alongside Thiago & Naby. This is a trio that deserved to start, with Klopp clearly opting for what may garner more consistency from the midfield. With a keen sense of awareness and a compact nature to our defensive work, it was clear that the German’s tactical instructions was overriding the previous expressive patterns of play.

In attack it was a case of shoe-horning players in, with Harvey looking an ill fit as the left sided attacker, and the Egyptian King returning to his normal right sided berth, that left Gakpo to resume in a central position. With a lack of incisiveness behind them, there was a painful lack of fluidity to Jurgen’s attack. With Diaz, Darwin and Jota all unable to start this game, there was a lack of power and urgency as the home side failed to create anything of note. Though Cody Gakpo is only in his first few games for Liverpool, there is already a question as to what he can offer this team. This slow build up has offered very little insight into the Dutchman’s game, so the next few games could be decisive as other Las start to return.

GK – Alisson Becker

RB – James Milner (c)

LB – Andy Robertson

RCB – Ibrahima Konaté

LCB – Joe Gomez

RCM – Naby Keïta

CDM – Stefan Bajčetić

LCM – Thiago Alcantara

LF – Harvey Elliott

CF – Cody Gakpo

RF – Mohamed Salah

Substitutions:

63’ Darwin Núñez – Naby Keïta

72’ Trent Alexander Arnold – James Milner

82’ Fabinho – Stefan Bajčetić

82’ Curtis Jones – Cody Gakpo

82’ Jordan Henderson – Harvey Elliott

With the line ups and substitutions as shown above, the match started and ended with the Reds maintaining a compact structure designed to bring more off ball stability.

The defence was probably the feature of the match up, with a continuing relationship building between Ibou & Joe Gomez. With a set of fullbacks that were reluctant to push too far forward, it gave Chelsea only fleeting opportunities to hurt the Reds. The disallowed Havertz goal kept the fanbase relatively calm, but it was the close range Ali save from Chelsea new boy, Benoît Badiashile, which stood out in a rather slow first period.

The second half produced even less excitement, as both teams seemed unwilling to let themselves open up. With both managers on the receiving end of criticism, you feel that a loss for either was deemed unthinkable. Mohamed Salah looked lost without his false nine beside him, and he must be aching to see Sadio Mané & Bobby patrolling the surrounding zones. This game was a 95 minute show of frustration, with only a Trent blazing effort within that second 45 minutes, but it could be the kind of performance that halts teams being able to get at us so easily.

In terms of the subs, they seemed ineffectual and it was a shame not to see Darwin pushed through the middle. As Cody continues to immerse himself in the Anfield way, the lack of cohesion was apparent to everyone in attendance. The withdrawal of Naby was predicted, with such little football within the Guinean’s  legs. Placing our diminutive winger, Harvey Elliott, into central midfield saw our control ebb away, when better decisions could have been made. It’s just another glaring issue with how few midfield reinforcements we currently have.

It’s hard to write too much about this game, as there was so little that could be documented throughout the underwhelming match. In a snap shot, the defence and keeper were good, the midfield was efficient (until Naby dropped out), whilst the attack was starved of service.

We needed to get back to basics, and basic was exactly what this was. Jurgen Klopp has a huge job to get this group re-energised, or a battle with Chelsea for mid-table supremacy will inevitably continue.

Comments

One response to “Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea – The Post-Mortem ”

  1. Red Panther says:

    You all still don’t get it do you? Liverpool sold the best player the had to pay for a lazy penalty taker and fund an unproven newcomer. I blame no of his lack of goals on him Darwin is actually trying to hard but it will come.
    Mr. Klopp’s failure to see that Sadio Mane’ not Henderson, not Salah, not VvD! SADIO MANE’ WAS THE BEST AND MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER AT THE CLUB AND HE MISHANDLED HIM BADLY!!!! A play one way manager and only one way with totally unsustainable football is what he is.
    Anyone with skill he can’t manage. Get it through your heads. He has burnt out his stars as he did at Dortmund.
    Has no idea how to fix TAA’s defensive issues which is hilarious because he was a defender. Trent look around you your man is the widest left if you come inside call for cover!!!!! Stop ball watching and mark your @#$%@! man!!!! Stop showing the @$$%! attacker the inside of the field send him line its basic @#$%@#! Football Mr. Klopp. Sadly everyone is still thinking your the genius when the brain set all your trophy run. Lack of tactics and knowledge of rotation skills. It makes little difference whom the cub buys him bec as use he doesn’t use them for their skill set and or what they actually did to get to Anfield so they can seldom produce what they were bought for!!!!!

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Updated: 2023-01-24 08:11:36