Bruno Saltors debut as interim manager for Chelsea was marked with frustration as Liverpool held on for a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
Despite dominating the match, the Blues were unable to break through a much-changed Liverpool team.
Mateo Kovacic came closest to scoring for the home team in the first half when his strike was cleared off the line by Ibrahima Konate.
Chelsea also had goals from Kai Havertz and Reece James ruled out by VAR due to handball and offside calls, respectively.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp fielded a reshuffled starting XI without star players such as Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andrew Robertson, while Virgil van Dijk was ruled out due to illness.
Fabinho had the best chance for Liverpool when Kostas Tsimikas corner fell to him inside the box, but his volleyed effort was cleared by Wesley Fofana’s head.
Despite the disappointing result, Klopp saw the draw as a step in the right direction. He praised the players for their passion and commitment on the field, saying that they put in a proper shift.
Saltor, on the other hand, spoke with pride after his team’s performance and their ability to create chances throughout the match.
However, he remained tight-lipped about his future at the club.
The result leaves Chelsea in fourth place in the Premier League, two points behind Leicester City, who occupy the third spot.
Liverpool remains in sixth place, one point behind Chelsea. With only a few games left in the season, both teams will be looking to secure a top-four spot to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Despite the draw, Chelsea’s fate remains in their own hands. If they win their remaining games, they will qualify for the Champions League regardless of other results.
However, they will face tough opponents in their remaining matches, including West Ham United and Manchester City.
Liverpool will also have to win their remaining games and hope that Chelsea or Leicester slip up in their respective fixtures.
Overall, the match was a frustrating one for Chelsea, who failed to capitalize on their dominance.
However, there were positive signs for both teams, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in their remaining matches of the season.