Liverpool hit the Chelsea wall

Despite a period in numerical superiority, the Reds had to settle for the point of the draw against the Blues (1-1) this Saturday.

At 11 against 10 for 45 minutes, Liverpool could not overcome Chelsea (1-1) on Saturday during the third day of the English Championship. The first big shock of the season, between the last two winners of the Champions League, kept all its promises in terms of intensity, despite still not optimal physical conditions at this stage of the season. Carried by their public, who lived their first big shock at Anfield since receiving Atlético Madrid in March 2020, the Reds only really dominated their opponent during the first two quarters of an hour of each half, and without creating a sufficient number of opportunities. The Blues took advantage of a slight drop in speed to get a corner and score at their first opportunity, on a knocked down header from Kai Havertz, who lobbed Alisson (22nd, 0-1). The rest of the first period was complicated for the Reds, often threatened in counter-attack, in particular by the duo Mason Mount – Romelu Lukaku (26th, 35th).

Without really deserving it, they equalized in added time, following a series of attempts in front of goal, then a hand from Reece James as a last resort, excluded in stride. Mohamed Salah immediately transformed his 17th penalty in 18 attempts (45th + 5, 1-1). Their pressure was very intense when they returned from the locker room, facing the Blues outnumbered and deprived of N’Golo Kanté, released at the break after receiving a blow and now uncertain for the next gathering of the France team. Taking advantage of the fatigue of the Reds, Thomas Tuchel’s players managed the numerical inferiority to get the point of the draw. With seven points, Liverpool and Chelsea respectively occupy 2nd and 3rd place in the standings, behind West Ham, hung by Crystal Palace (2-2). Tottenham will have the opportunity to take the lead on Sunday, should they win against Watford, as Manchester United travel to Wolverhampton.

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