Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says draw against Chelsea is a step in the right direction
After two back-to-back losses in the league, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool badly needed a result and the Reds came one step closer by drawing goalless against Chelsea on Saturday. A clean sheet is one of the positives the Merseysiders can take away, and that is what manager Jurgen Klopp talked about as well.
Speaking of the game, very balanced in terms of not many clear-cut chances for either side. Midfielders looked like they stood exhausted, and not only the Reds, even Chelsea players apart from Thiago Silva and Mykhaylo Mudryk were not at their best.
Liverpool’s attack until Darwin Nunez came on looked pretty one-dimensional with the hope to pass it to Mohamed Salah and him scoring a goal somehow. But however, the defenders visibly did put in a good shift by securing a clean sheet.
Speaking to the club’s official website, here is what Klopp had to say about the game:
“We would have liked to have won it but it’s pleasing that we did have the chances. We need to make steps and this is a small step in the right direction but we’ve obviously got a long way to go to where we want to be.”
Moving in the Right Direction
Ever since the win against Leicester City, the Reds are yet to register a win in the league and will need to do much better than they are to get off the mark in 2023. If Klopp believes it is a step in the right direction, so be it as he is the main man at the club presently.
Obviously, three points would have been the most ideal of situations but a draw amid a string of losses is better of the two devils and hopefully, the Reds learn from this game and try to get the better of Brighton in the FA Cup, which is Liverpool’s next fixture.
This result shows that they are still somewhat capable of competing against a good Chelsea squad, although it must be said that they are themselves struggling and were without a number of key players without injuries.
Additionally, it also prevented them from losing more ground in the league table and gives them a chance to regain momentum to inch closer to a top-four spot. The resilience and determination to get a clean sheet were somewhat visible, and hopefully, we score in our next game as well.
But given that we were at home and have been used to competing at the standards of teams like Manchester City in domestic football and Real Madrid in European football, a goalless draw at home being a positive for us shows a drop in standards.
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Nevertheless, the game showed that Liverpool have the potential to recover from their recent poor form and the draw could serve as a catalyst for the team to improve in the future. God willing, that is the case and we see ourselves in the UEFA Champions League next season as well.