Liverpool and Mauricio Pochettino’s first game as manager of Chelsea ended in a hard-fought draw at home.
Both teams tried to make a big start to the new season after having bad ones. The Blues were especially hurt after finishing 12th at the end of an embarrassing season.
Pochettino, who used to play for Tottenham, has been put in charge of turning Chelsea around. In their first Premier League game, Axel Disasi scored on his debut to cancel out Luis Diaz’s goal and keep the score at 1-1.
In a crazy game, both teams had a goal called out for being offside. This showed how much both teams would benefit from having a player like Moises Caicedo or Romeo Lavia.
After Sunday’s action-packed match at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and Liverpool will fight again to sign a number six player.
Early on, Mohamed Salah hit the ceiling with a shot. He then set up Diaz for a goal, which the Egypt star added to coolly, but it was ruled out after a VAR review.
Chelsea took advantage of that break. Ben Chilwell’s diving header set up Disasi to tie the game. Chilwell quickly went around Alisson and scored, but the VAR ruled that he was also offside.
The second half was fun to watch, but neither team was able to win. Salah looked upset when he was taken off as Liverpool looked for a second goal.
Sunday’s game started slowly for Chelsea, but they came back strong at the end. In the fourth minute, Carney Chukwuemeka got a yellow card for a high foot, and Diogo Jota missed badly after Dominik Szoboszlai, who was making his first start, did good work.
Liverpool played with more edge than the new-look home team. Salah picked up a bad pass from Cody Gakpo, turned, and curled a right-footed shot from 20 yards off the goal.