For years this tie was seen as a clash of the titans. But today Liverpool and Chelsea battled out a 0-0 draw that was more reminiscent of two old drunks fighting over the last glass of beer than what should be the pinnacle of English football. Rather than use tonight as a spring board for the rest of the season both clubs cemented the reasons for their poor Premier League positions with perfomances that justified of their mid table status.
For Chelsea and their Trillion Dollar squad the ineffectiveness in and around the penalty box was frightening. On loan striker Joao Felix showed why his career hasn’t hit the heights that were once expected of him. The Portuguese international looked good on the ball but spurned a guilt edged chance midway through the first half. After turning Joel Matip inside out Felix allowed the Liverpool defender a chance to tackle back after refusing to shoot with his left foot, which is actually a glaring weakness in his game.
Matteo Kovacic also should have done better after being put through one on one with Liverpool Goal Keeper Alisson Becker only to smash the chance high over the cross bar.
"“Super attitude, super mentality. That’s what I saw,” said Jurgen Klopp during his post match interview on Sky Sports."
The only positive for Liverpool was the fact that they escaped Stamford Bridge with a point rather than a fourth straight loss. Boss Jurgen Klopp made six changes from the 4-1 defeat against Manchester City at the weekend stating that he wanted fresh legs and fresh minds for the trip to London. Mo Salah missed out as did Virgil van Dijk and the much maligned Trent Alexander Arnold. However, apart from a couple of long range efforts from Joe Gomez and Darwin Nunez and a late first half chance for Fabinho, we created nothing and still looked far too open at the back.
The fact that Jurgen Klopp praised his teams effort over anything else is indicative of where we are at right now. We simply are not a top four team. What we are is a mentally drained squad, lacking confidence with a manager that is struggling to inspire a second wind. It’s time for Liverpool fans to forget about this season and hook on to any positive that might give us hope of a quick revival. Unfortunately it’s back to the old saying, next year will be our year.