Trouble with Salah and the VAR: Liverpool starts out of shape

Trouble with Salah and the VAR: Liverpool starts out of shape

Liverpool FC did not lose their Premier League opening game under Jürgen Klopp the eighth time, but should have calculated more on Sunday than a 1-1 draw at Chelsea – especially since that was a bit happier for the Reds.

Like Klopp, Chelsea’s new coach Mauricio Pochettino is still looking for reinforcements, especially after the long absence of top purchaser Nkunku. And both teams at Stamford Bridge presented themselves similarly unround, especially in the first round, especially defensively – which opened up opportunities.

At first, the Liverpoolers, who both started summer shopping in Mac Allister and Szoboszlai, had more of it: six minutes after he failed at the top of the bar from 20 meters (12th), Salah put Luis Diaz down on the right after strong ball handling Ball perfect for the lead (18th) and then had double bad luck: First Thiago Silva denied him the 2-0 (26th) with a block, then the VAR, who scored one before winning a one-on-one against Chelsea’s new keeper Sanchez had recognized a narrow offside position (29th).

Chelsea newcomer Disasi wobbles behind – and hits the front

The back three around new signing Disasi and loanee Chilwell wobbled a lot, but Pochettino’s Blues knew how to please offensively. After many good attempts, the equalizer finally came after a corner when Disasi, who was sometimes overwhelmed defensively, shot in free-standing (37th). As with Salah, Chilwell’s supposed 2-1 was later disallowed for offside (39′) before new striker Jackson steered the ball over from the best position (43′). In short: The 1:1 break was performance-based.

Seven minutes after the restart, Liverpool then demanded a penalty in vain: Jackson had deflected the ball past his own goalpost at a guest corner with his hand not quite on. It was surprising that referee Anthony Taylor didn’t even look at the scene after a short VAR consultation (53′).

Almost even worse for Klopp and his eleven: From this point on, the Reds almost didn’t get together offensively. The dedicated and passionate hosts pressed, but for a long time they only managed two shots from an acute angle (Chilwell / 55th, Jackson / 71st), which Alisson – once outstanding, once sovereign – parried.

Salah leaves the pitch in frustration

Klopp tried in vain to counteract this with changes, and in doing so he upset his goalscorer: Salah, who failed to score for Liverpool in his seventh league opening game for the first time, showed his frustration with gestures (77th). Last year’s fifth only sniffed a good chance when Sanchez missed a pass (88th), while Chelsea missed the lucky punch in a counterattack via Jackson and Joker Mudryk (90th + 3).

This will be the fifth consecutive Premier League fixture without a winner and both coaches will know that another sixth would do them a world of good. On the second day of the game, Chelsea will face West Ham, while Liverpool will host Bournemouth.


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