Liverpool drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday. It was a game full of talking points, to say the least.
Faith in the kid
The big talking point before the game was Harvey Elliott’s inclusion. Fabinho was always likely to come back in, while Jordan Henderson was a certaininty – Elliott, though, was a surprise.
This was far and away the biggest game of the 18-year-old’s career so far. It’s a show of faith in Elliott that Jurgen Klopp truly sees him as a key player this season.
Not just a kid with potential – a genuine first-team star.
Liverpool weren’t at their fluent best in that first-half. The Reds showed some decent build-up and you could see the gameplan but there was a sloppiness they don’t show at their best.
But then it’s early days. Andy Robertson played his first game of the season, for instance, while the midfield was new.
We hope to see an improvement soon, though we’re not too worried yet.
Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino? We saw a real difference in this one. Jota is a fantastic threat in behind but he doesn’t offer the same linkup-play as the Brazilian.
Firmino continuously drops deep, drags players about and makes things easier for the other forward and midfielders. Jota doesn’t quite do that and Liverpool can sometimes become predictable.
Will Liverpool look at this game and see a lack of attacking options? With Xherdan Shaqiri sold, Jota was the only realistic option off the bench.
Liverpool couldn’t really inject much energy into their attack against a tiring Chelsea side. With a few days left in the transfer window, we do wonder if it’s food for thought.
It’s a draw at home against the European champions with several players still finding fitness and form. In that sense, Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea was a result the Reds can live with.
On the other hand, Chelsea played the entire second half with 10 men and Liverpool ran out of ideas after about 15 minutes. That makes this a frustrating result.
It’s not the end of the world, then. It does feel like dropped points, however, and Liverpool need to decide what the real problem was here.
Was it simply a side that still needs time to gel? Or was it a side that could use a new idea or two? The next few days will tell us.