Jurgen Klopp shuts down Chelsea claims as he explains Blues ‘deserved’ draw

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Jurgen Klopp shuts down Chelsea claims as he explains Blues ‘deserved’ draw

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declared himself content with a point and shut down proposals that the Reds should have defeated Chelsea because they had one extra player on the pitch for the second half.

Liverpool could only draw 1-1 against their title rivals at Anfield on Saturday evening but Klopp says it was not an advantage playing against 10 men after the interval.

Liverpool were unable to crush Chelsea down despite the visitors seeing Reece James dismissed for a handball on the line before half-time. His interference stopped Sadio Mane from equalizing for the home side.

But Mohamed Salah rose up to level from the penalty spot and cancel out Kai Havertz’s terrific header which had given Chelsea the lead at the Kop end.

The Reds came flying out of the blocks in the second half and looked hopeful to press on for a statement victory but were unable to find a way past a resilient Chelsea with Edouard Mendy making several fine saves.

Champions League holders Chelsea held their own superbly as Liverpool’s energy levels dropped after the hour mark and the home team eventually failed to create clear enough chances to take the full three points.

Yet Klopp maintained afterward that he was fine with the end result and dismissed any claims Liverpool should be overly frustrated not to have won because of how well and how deep Chelsea defended after the break.



He said to Sky Sports post-match: “I saw a really exciting game. It was tough, it was hard for both teams. It was a really good first half, really good.

“We played a good 45 minutes. With the first situation of Chelsea, we conceded a goal, that’s not cool.

“Everyone who watches the Premier League or Chelsea knows they’re pretty good in defending. It was clear it doesn’t help us. The goal we scored, penalty we got, was obviously very deserved.

“I feel for Reece but it was tricky but it was a clear penalty. We forced the situation. We had a big chance with Hendo [Jordan Henderson], a sensational pass from Trent [Alexander-Arnold]

“We played good. Second half, everybody thinks ‘against 10 men, come on…’ and this kind of stuff and this is the first problem you have.

“There is no advantage. There’s an advantage if they have possession, you have to outnumber and defend them top level [but then you can counter].

“But the defensive structure changed only that they defended slightly deeper. They have eight players defending the area around the box.

“We couldn’t use that. We had shots from distance, Mendy saved them. I would have loved to see that we were a little bit closer for the rebound or whatever.

“But again, a good game, a highly intense game. I loved the intensity and the atmosphere we created all together, the people in the stands and on the pitch.

“Chelsea deserved a draw. We got a point as well so we’re better than before.”



Jurgen Klopp shuts down Chelsea claims as he explains Blues ‘deserved’ draw

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