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Liverpool: Harvey Elliott let Klopp down vs Chelsea

Liverpool hosted Chelsea in their Premier League clash at Anfield this afternoon and Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed with yet another lacklustre display that left the score-line at a stalemate 0-0.

This is the third time in a row the two teams have failed to score against each other within 90 minutes and the fifth consecutive draw when the sides have met in all competitions.

Despite a disappointing result, Liverpool have moved up to eighth in the league table following a point earned in the clash which will be barely a consolation for the Reds as they could be 12 points adrift of the top four if Newcastle United win their game against Crystal Palace tonight.

Over the performance, Klopp’s side had less possession (48%), fewer big chances created (1 v 3) and fewer accurate passes completed (373 v 428), however, the Merseysiders did have more shots in total (15 v 11) and more shots on target (3 v 2) than Graham Potter’s side but ultimately didn’t have enough to steal the game.

In the first half, it looked like Liverpool were set to concede another early goal in the fourth minute when Kai Havertz found the back of the net but it was quickly overturned by VAR as offside leading into an otherwise uneventful half.

In the second half, despite having 10 shots on goal, Liverpool continued to struggle to find the back of the net whilst Chelsea stagnated with no threats on target for Alisson Becker to worry about, leaving the two teams to share the spoils in the foggy North West at 0-0 on the final whistle.

It was a poor performance across the pitch and on both sides but there was one player in particular who failed to get stuck into his role for Liverpool today and ended the game with fewer touches than Alisson.

Over his anonymous 82-minute performance, Harvey Elliott – who was dubbed “miscast” by journalist Tom Reed – made just 24 accurate passes, lost possession of the ball every 3.5 touches, failed to complete 100% of his crosses and lost 50% of his duels combined, as well as making no dribble attempts, taking no shots on goal and no tackles throughout his display on the left wing.

Indeed, the youngster was playing out of position with Elliott more commonly occupying a role on the right wing or attacking midfield roles, however, the poor work rate displayed by the player today will surely leave his German coach frustrated.

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With that being said, the chance of finishing in a Champions League qualifying spot is becoming more and more difficult for Liverpool as each fixture passes and now Klopp will need to look to the next game for another opportunity to close the gap and climb the table before it’s too late.