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“Passion rather than organization”- Klopp gives his candid verdict on Chelsea draw

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on his assessment of the game against Chelsea

After another hard-fought draw against a similarly struggling Chelsea side, Liverpool luckily moved one position up on the table and currently sits clear of Brentford in the eighth position on goal difference.

Given the form of both Chelsea and Liverpool, it was almost certain that the game would be long for anyone expecting a goal fest but the boredom was real until Mykhaylo Mudryk came on for the Blues as he was certainly tough to handle for both, James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Not many chances for the Reds but this draw means that we have still not won a single game in 2023 and the longer that takes, the tougher it gets for Liverpool to close in on the top four and finish in any of the UCL spots.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on his assessment of the game against Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp has had a tough time at Liverpool recently. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking to BT Sport (h/t Liverpool Echo) after the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talked about how the Reds could not carry the “positive start” to both halves of the game and that is surely not a good sign for Liverpool.

“We started well in both halves – we had good spells but we couldn’t keep it up. We defended with passion rather than organisation in the second half.”

Boring Game to Watch

We’ll talk about the second half later, but after conceding a goal within three minutes of kickoff which eventually stood ruled out due to offside, that is surely not a good start to a game. Even in attack, the Reds looked weak and the performance was far from pleasant to watch.

However, after what seemed like a proper earful at the half-time whistle, the Reds came out in the second half with a plan in place and the pressing improved twofold. However, even with a changed approach, the Reds could not get past the Blues’ backline spearheaded by Thiago Silva, who is easily one of the best players of this generation.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on his assessment of the game against Chelsea.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after full time vs Chelsea. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Mykhaylo Mudryk’s introduction in the 55th minute made the match a bit interesting from a neutral’s perspective as Chelsea looked much more dominant but with Alisson in goal, there was hardly any realistic chance for an out-of-form Chelsea side to get past Liverpool.

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The positives to take from this game are not plenty but we could work around it. For starters, it is Liverpool’s second consecutive clean sheet, and hopefully, in the next game, they keep another clean sheet and try to score a goal or few in addition to that as well.