Liverpool failed to continue their winning streak in the Premier League. Entertaining Chelsea at Anfield in the third week of the match, the Reds were only able to draw 1-1.
In this match Chelsea took the lead through Kai Havertz’s header. But Liverpool managed to equalize thanks to Mohamed Salah’s penalty at the end of the first half.
This duel at Anfield has been fierce since the beginning of the match. Both Liverpool and Chelsea immediately step on the gas to attack each other.
Only entering the fourth minute, Liverpool almost scored through Harvey Elliott’s shot but unfortunately the golden opportunity that was obtained was only wide of Mendy’s goal.
Despite being dominant at the beginning of the first half, Liverpool’s goal was actually broken first in the 24th minute. Starting from Reece James’ corner kick, Kai Havertz who was not closely guarded successfully headed the ball into Liverpool’s goal. The score changed 1-0 to Chelsea’s advantage.
The goal slightly changed the direction of the match. Chelsea became more confident to attack the host. While Liverpool are also increasing the intensity of their attacks.
In order to increase the intensity of their attacks, Jurgen Klopp decided to pull out Roberto Firmino in the 42nd minute. Instead he entered Diogo Jota.
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Towards the end of the first half, there was an incident in the Chelsea penalty box. Starting from chaos, Reece James did a hands ball in the mouth of the Chelsea goal. VAR examined the incident and referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and gave Reece James a red card.
Mohamed Salah, who was appointed as the penalty taker, did his job well. So the position changed to 1-1 before the referee blew the whistle marking the end of the first half match between Liverpool vs Chelsea .
The red card received by James made Thomas Tuchel make two substitutions at half-time. N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz were withdrawn and were replaced by Mateo Kovacic and Thiago Silva.
The advantage of the number of players is not wasted by Liverpool. The Reds dominated possession and continued to pound the visitors’ defense.
One of the best opportunities early in the second half was created by Jordan Henderson’s spectacular shot in the 58th minute, but unfortunately the shot was narrowly wide of Mendy’s goal.
Chelsea is not without a fight in this match. The Blues made several counter-attacks which were quite troublesome for Liverpool’s defense.
In the remainder of the second half, Jurgen Klopp pulled out Jordan Henderson and Robertson was replaced by Thiago Alcantara and Kostas Tsimikas. While Tuchel pulled out Jorginho and replaced him with Trevoh Chalobah.
Liverpool had a number of chances at the end of the second half, but they failed to score, so the 1-1 draw lasted until the referee blew the final whistle.
Thanks to this result, Chelsea remained in second place in the EPL, while Liverpool trailed in third.
Liverpool (4-3-3) : Alisson; Robertson (86′ Tsimikasi), van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Henderson (Thiago 74′), Fabinho, Elliott; Mane, Firmino (Jota 43′), Salah
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) : Mendy; Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kante (Kovacic 46′), Jorginho (Chalobah 87′), James; Mount, Havertz (Silva 46′); Lukaku
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville praised Liverpool’s wonderkid Harvey Elliott’s performance during the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Saturday (28/8/2021).
The 18-year-old retained his place in the team after last week’s 2-0 win over Burnley and put in a superb display as Liverpool took on Chelsea at Anfield.
“He’s brilliant,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“He was confident, the first few touches were incredible and brought a bit of urgency to Liverpool through midfield.”
Neville praised the midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.
“When he has the ball I think he brings a little push and a little something is possible. He seemed to try and do something and take a risk.”
“A very good game, his second Premier League debut and the first time I’ve seen him in person. Fantastic performance,” he said.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp was also impressed by Elliott’s performance at Anfield.
“He plays with maturity. He’s very comfortable on the ball, he looks like he’s been playing here for years,” said Redknapp.
Elliott is a graduate of Fulham Academy. He debuted in the Premier League on 4 May 2019, after coming on as a substitute for Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa in the 88th minute of the duel against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He became the youngest Premier League player at 16 years and 30 days, beating the record set by fellow Fulham player Matthew Briggs in 2007.
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“One or two times I wanted him to be a little more responsible and make the difference.”
“I think if he continues like this he can continue playing regularly. I found it interesting, Klopp played it down and was never too excited.”