Chelsea and Liverpool played to a 1-1 draw in a Premier League match, with goals from Luis Diaz and debutant Axel Disasi

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Luis Diaz and debutant Axel Disasi both found the back of the net, while Mohamed Salah and Ben Chilwell had goals disallowed for being offside, highlights of the game (Chelsea vs Liverpool) below:

The substitution board was raised, showing the number 11 in red. With around 15 minutes left, and the score tied at 1-1, Klopp decided to substitute his top scorer, Salah, which visibly upset him.

Salah’s reaction to being substituted today was quite evident, as he displayed frustration and even removed parts of his strapping in annoyance, which delighted Chelsea fans.

Replacing Salah was 17-year-old Ben Doak, who had shown promise in Liverpool’s pre-season games but had limited Premier League experience.

Klopp’s decision to bring on fresh energy seemed to create tension between him and Salah, as their interaction was noticeably colder than usual.

Throughout Chelsea’s pre-season, Ben Chilwell was given the freedom to push forward from the left flank, contributing to an asymmetrical 4-2-3-1 formation.

Chilwell’s attacking role was even more pronounced in a surprise shift to a 3-4-2-1 formation against Liverpool, providing width and troubling their high defensive line.

Chelsea’s shaky defensive performance in the first half highlighted the need for better chemistry between Chilwell and Levi Colwill.

Liverpool’s midfield setup appeared risky, with Gakpo, Szoboszlai, and Mac Allister operating effectively, thanks in part to Alexander-Arnold’s rotational role.

Liverpool’s disallowed goal showcased their tactical setup and passing precision, although Salah’s offside position nullified the goal.

Chelsea’s captain Reece James had an underwhelming competitive outing, emphasizing the need for improvement in his availability and performance.

Malo Gusto, a promising player, could help fill the void left by James, though his style differs from the attacking prowess James offers.

Caicedo’s potential move is significant for both clubs, as he could address their respective midfield issues, similar to other recent midfield transfers.

Liverpool swiftly opened their Premier League account with a goal in just 15 seconds, showcasing their attacking prowess and fluid play.

Despite defensive concerns in pre-season, Liverpool’s attacking lineup under Klopp displayed promising directness from back to front.

As Liverpool’s new formation and lineup become more familiar, their attacking coordination is expected to improve.

 

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