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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Injury & frustration leaves Reds thinking transfers

Liverpool drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday. It’s a game that leaves them thinking about transfers.

On the face of it, a 1-1 draw with Chelsea really isn’t that bad of a result. Especially after going 1-0 down in the first half to the European champions.

Yet Saturday’s result still felt like a defeat. The Blues went down to 10 men right at 45 minutes, leaving the door fairly wide open for Liverpool.

The Reds failed to get through it, however. Mohamed Salah equalised from the spot but there wasn’t too much to shout about in the second half. Liverpool just couldn’t find their way past Chelsea as they packed 10 players behind the ball.

And so it’s hard not to think about transfers as we come out of that one. Liverpool don’t have much time left but they might have to do something.

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Sadio Mane didn’t have a great game. Chelsea did a wonderful job of double-teaming Mohamed Salah, too, and forcing him away from goal. Roberto Firmino started the game well but injury forced him off early.

That put Diogo Jota into the centre-forward role. It’s a tactic that can work wonderfully but rarely does against a packed defence – he’s just not an ideal link-man like Firmino.

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And so Liverpool’s problems are highlighted twice. Firstly, there just isn’t an obvious replacement for Firmino who can keep the team ticking in the same way.

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But there also isn’t an obvious replacement for anyone beyond Jota. Liverpool have four forwards and nothing to trust beyond that. There are some talented players, yes, but stars you’d trust to break Chelsea down? Not really.

That made things far easier for the Blues. Once they stopped the initial wave in that first 15 minutes, Liverpool slowed down and Chelsea felt comfortable. They knew what was coming.

It’s hard to see how there’s an answer beyond signing someone. Liverpool lacked ideas against Chelsea – or at least, game-changing ideas from the bench. Once Jota was on, that was Liverpool done in that regard.

And if Firmino is out for any length of time, that problem will only be exacerbated. The Reds need new ideas from somewhere and only have a few days to find them.

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