Jurgen Klopp delivered a surprisingly upbeat assessment after Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw with Chelsea, though did bemoan one facet of their play “even Thiago” got wrong.
For the third successive meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea, neither team could find a breakthrough. Both domestic cup finals last season finished 0-0, with the Reds emerging victorious on penalties on each occasion.
Kai Havertz thought he’d put the visitors in front inside three minutes when prodding home after Liverpool failed to clear a corner. However, VAR cut the celebrations short with Havertz correctly ruled offside.
Liverpool offered little of note in the first half, though showed the type of fight and desire after the break that’s been so sorely lacking this season.
However, neither Alisson or Kepa were called upon to make any world class saves and both sides were made to settle for a point.
With the Reds and Blues languishing down in eighth and tenth, the draw did little to aid their respective pushes for Champions League qualification.
Klopp surprisingly upbeat despite home draw
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Klopp said: “We started well in the first half, started very well the second half so that was good.
“We had good spells but couldn’t keep it up, but I said before the game you have to be ready for little steps. This was a little step, we have a clean sheet against Chelsea.
“We didn’t create an awful lot of chances but we had them and they had theirs.
“We defended in the second a bit more with passion rather than with clear organisation because we were a bit too deep.
“That’s it, in the end 0-0, I’m ok with it.”
On the midfield battle in particular being “hectic”, according to interviewer Des Kelly, Klopp added: “Both teams were very aggressive.
“When you remember the games we played last year against Chelsea, the two finals, they were different games, but they were also hectic in moments. It’s how it is.
“Everyone told me before the game it’s ninth against tenth and it’s the truth as well. These kinds of games happen and it’s absolutely fine.
“We have to build on stuff. We had good performances today and everyone was committed to defending, definitely.”
Liverpool wasteful in transition
Klopp then went on to praise his side for showing better organisation, though was irked by the fact his side too often gave the ball away soon after winning it back.
“Even Thiago did that, which was unnecessary,” added Klopp.
The German concluded his side were only performing at “70-75 percent” in the first half, though nonetheless appeared content with what was a small step on the road to recovery for the struggling Reds.
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