Mudryk dribbles past Milner and Gomez superbly but slams his shot into the side netting. Wonderful skill from the Ukrainian winger. #LFC 0-0 #CFC#LIVCHE — Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 21, 2023Mudryk is on for his Chelsea debut! The $108 million signing has a big role to play in this game. Can he get Chelsea going again? Well, his first real piece of action is a heavy touch which sees the ball go out of play. Things can only get better. We are underway for the second half and Liverpool look a lot better already. Cody Gakpo puts a difficult chance with a header over and both Keita and Gakpo have shots blocked. Jurgen Klopp would have had a few strong words at half time and it seems like they’ve worked.
Very frantic with not a lot of quality. SAVE! Great chance for Chelsea to take the lead as Benoit Badiashile heads towards goal but Alisson saves well. It is all Chelsea. Liverpool can’t get out of their own half. Meanwhile in Orlando… Chelsea and Liverpool fans had very different reactions to Chelsea’s scoring chance. 😅 #MyPLMorning | #LIVCHE📺 @peacock pic. com/w006juDR2V — NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 21, 2023CLOSE! From a tight angle Lewis Hall flashes an effort across goal after Mason Mount had a glorious chance to shoot, but instead decided to play it wide to Hall. Chelsea looking slicker on the ball.
Liverpool and Chelsea are both going long with the ball trying to catch out the shaky defensive units. Confidence is very low on both of these teams. Both teams lacking in confidence but Chelsea look a lot slicker on the ball and believe in their press. — Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 21, 2023CLOSE! Cody Gakpo fires well over after slick play from Liverpool. He has to hit the target.
Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest: Score, updates, watch, stream, videosOut of form Liverpool and Chelsea battled to a subdued draw which helps neither team in their quest to get back into the top four conversation. FULL MATCH REPLAYJurgen Klopp’s Liverpool failed to score in a game at home in the Premier League for the first time in over two years, as Chelsea had the better chances and Graham Potter will be much happier with this point than his counterpart. The draw still leaves both heavyweights languishing in midtable (on 29 points) as neither Liverpool nor Chelsea played with any real confidence.
NO GOAL! Early drama as Chelsea think they have taken the lead as Thiago Silva’s shot from a corner hits the post and Kai Havertz slots home… but he was just offside. VAR rules it out. No goal but an early warning sign for Liverpool. KICK OFF! Anfield is rocking and we are underway. Also, hello to everyone in Orlando at the Fan Fest! What a sight this is. Key storylines & in-form players to watchLiverpool have been all over the place at the back and if it wasn’t for Alisson, they would have lost a lot more games this season. They are struggling for the right balance in their team and even the dependable trio of Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk have struggled this campaign.
Chelsea finding Mudryk at the back post often but his first touch has just been off. Trent Alexander-Arnold is on for James Milner. TAA will have his hands full trying to stop Mudryk in these final 20 minutes. #LFC 0-0 #CFC#LIVCHE — Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 21, 202320 minutes to go. Neither team looks that bothered about going for the win. Given their recent form, both would be happy with a draw.
HALF TIME: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea – The Blues were better in the first 45 and thought they had gone ahead early on but Kai Havertz had a goal ruled out for offside, while Liverpool got a little better as the game wore on. Still, not a great half for either side who are really struggling for confidence. It is all getting a bit scrappy before the break. Liverpool having a bit more joy building attacks but Chelsea snapping into tackles. Mohamed Salah with a swing and a miss and Thiago Alcantara’s deflected shot is easily saved. That spell basically sums up the game so far.
[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA] Long way back for heavyweightsBoth Liverpool and Chelsea were scared to go for the win and it sums up where they are at right now. They are lacking in confidence, lacking fit players and their coaches are trying to figure things out. Klopp will be very disappointed with Liverpool’s display and lack of a press, while Potter will see this as a step forward and Chelsea were slightly more adventurous and Mudryk looked superb when he came off the bench. It will be a slow rebuilding process for both of these teams and it will be very different. In the short-term it looks like Chelsea will spend a lot more to solve their problems but a change of style is coming for both.
Potter should get the time to implement his philosophy on this Chelsea squad, while Klopp will surely get time to freshen up his squad once new ownership and investment arrives. Then it remains to be seen if his tactics can be tweaked. Stars of the showJorginho: Excellent display in midfield and used all of his experience to control the tempo. Andy Robertson: Did his best to get forward and was solid defensively. Graphic via FotMob. comHow to watch Liverpool vs Chelsea live, stream link and start timeKick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday TV Channel: Peacock Online: Stream via Peacock PremiumFive minutes added on.
Liverpool have big injury issues to cope with too and Klopp has to find a way to make Liverpool hard to play against again. Chelsea have been solid enough defensively but haven’t looked dangerous in attack since the World Cup break. That is partly due to injuries and also due to their current forwards just not delivering for multiple managers. Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix have arrived in January to add real pace, trickery and directness to their attack, while Kai Havertz is getting back to his best and center back Benoit Badiashile played very well against Palace after his January arrival from Monaco.