Liverpool vs Chelsea reaction: Tuchel, Klopp, more talk after Anfield draw

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Welcome to Liverpool vs Chelsea live reaction, where we’ll have managerial reaction, player quotes, analysis, and more after Chelsea’s 10 men held firm in a 1-1 draw with then Reds.

Thomas Tuchel reaction and Jurgen Klopp reaction will be below as soon as we have it, and Nicholas Mendola has a take on why this year’s Chelsea pre-half red card versus Liverpool played out differently for the Blues.

We also have JPW’s reaction, player ratings, and Andy Edwards’ 3 things we learned (links below)


Chelsea holds firm with cup confidence, Tuchel, Mendy

We’ve seen this before: Chelsea plays well enough to lead Liverpool before a pre-halftime red card turns the game on its ear.

But the Blues regrouped this time and took care of business in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in Liverpool, a match that might’ve been 2-1 to the visitors on another day.

Last season it was Andreas Christensen sent off and Sadio Mane with two goals past Kepa Arrizabalaga after the break in a straight-forward triumph of Jurgen Klopp’s 11 Reds vs Frank Lampard’s 10 Blues.

Is it as simple as a new manager, a star goalkeeper, and a European Cup for the pride of Stamford Bridge?

Eduoard Mendy stood tall between the sticks once Chelsea went down to 10 men even if he couldn’t stop Mohamed Salah’s penalty, and Thomas Tuchel’s men stayed hungry for goals.

The Blues, of course, had to batten down the hatches to some extent on the road against a very good Liverpool attack, but decidedly did not sink into a safe shell with no intent to counterattack.

Mendy made six saves but it was more than that, as Chelsea’s men made 17 tackles, 15 interceptions, and 18 clearances in the second half alone.

Sure, maybe some of Anfield’s impenetrable shine has gone away following last season’s injury-riddled season, but just as much confidence has been brought to Chelsea by Tuchel and the experience of winning the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool was more dangerous in the first half, it should’ve been noted, but Anfield is still Anfield even if the Reds have now, you know, actually lost there a few times.

Chelsea’s point does more than simply keep it atop the Premier League, a division which will have at most one 3-0 team heading into the international break.

-Nick Mendola


Live reaction

News as it comes in from Anfield…

Former PL referee Dermot Gallagher on why Reece James saw a red card and a penalty was awarded.


Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta on TV

It’s always worth remembering that this guy has been underappreciated by so, so many players.

Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the best players in the history of the Premier League. Shame if a manager didn’t use him, yeah?

Here’s what Azpilicueta said after the win, which came in his 300th Premier League appearance.

“We fought together.”

“It was harsh. I feel sorry for Reece. The referee got advice from VAR to give it. He went to the screen, to the monitor to watch one replay. That was enough to get him. We got the double punishment, the red card and a penalty – and two yellow cards in the same action. We were angry.

“But you have to calm down and find a way to fight together as a team, to have this new challenge at a tough place like Anfield, full stadium. I think the team fought and maybe we had the best two chances in the second half.”

“We were not our best. We lack some crispness in our passes in the final third. Liverpool’s press makes it hard but we found our rhythm. We were better in the first half but we had to adapt and be more offensive of course.”

“I feel really proud to play my 300th Premier League game. The toughest league in the world. I spent my birthday here but hopefully I can spend tomorrow with my family.”


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel reaction on TV

“With pure will, we took the heat out of the game,” Tuchel said. “That was team effort at its very best. They never lost the shape, they tried to close the half-spaces, we decided to stay in the back five and stay active in the back five because of all the runs from half-spaces and fluid positions of the high full-backs of Liverpool, it was clear we would suffer.

“The red card spoils the game, I have no solution for it because maybe it is a red card because he denies a chance but it is also a deflection. The red card, I’m not even sure anymore if it’s the rules or not the rules. You have to accept the decision. He maybe would have changed his mind with moving pictures.

“We decided to stay in a back five. We wanted to stay active and make it hard to create chances. The first 10 minutes seemed endless. The last five minutes I was actually praying we’d take what we deserved. It was a hard and a tough one, but a very strong second half defensively.” (via BBC)


Carragher, Lineker disagree on best use of TAA

Many, this poster included, believe Trent Alexander-Arnold is a natural midfielder and that Liverpool might be better suited with him more advanced to go with a traditional fullback.

Gary Lineker wants that, citing German stars Philipp Lahm and Joshua Kimmich, but ex-Liverpool man Jamie Carragher has Jurgen Klopp’s back.


Klopp claims red card made life difficult for… Liverpool?

You truly do never know what’s going to come from the mind of Jurgen Klopp.

While you can understand what the Liverpool boss means when he said the pre-halftime red card to Reece James made life difficult for the Reds’ attack, well…

Come on, man!

He’s right that there was less counter-attacking from Chelsea, but that wasn’t Tuchel’s entire tactical philosophy in the first half, was it?

The red card helped. Eduoard Mendy did not!


Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott on the team mood, single point, Anfield

“Disappointed not to come away with the three points. I personally think I could’ve broken them down a bit better, made the chances count, but it’s a point on the board and we’re focusing on Leeds now. It’s something we can reflect on and learn from.”

“It’s hard to explain to be honest. Chelsea are a top side, very organized and hard to break down. Today wasn’t our day to break them down. We had little chances, half chances that maybe on another day would’ve fallen for us.”

“I done okay, thought I could’ve done better. I can reflect on it with my family and the analysis team at Liverpool. This was an unbelievable crowd. You just want to focus on the game. When you score or the ball goes out of play, with the family in the crowd, too, you just think, ‘Wow’.”

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Harvey Elliott (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel gives Pulisic COVID-19 update, Kante injury update

The Chelsea boss hopes that Pulisic can “get some minutes” for the USMNT’s three upcoming World Cup qualifiers following last week’s positive COVID-19 tests.

Here’s what Tuchel had to say about Pulisic.

As for N’Golo Kante:


More Jurgen Klopp reaction praises Chelsea, Anfield crowd, more

“That was the intensity we wanted to put in. Our press in the first half was exceptional against one of the best build-up sides in the world right now. Thomas is doing an incredible job. I like the way we took that away from them.

“We just kept going, same intensity (after they scored). Now you know really what you missed. You can enjoy the sound, the weather, everything apart from the result.”

“I saw two very good football teams, great first half from us and actually a good second one because it’s so tricky. You play against nine defenders, goalie, in-and-around the box. Was it perfection? No. Did we do well? Yes. It’s early in the season against a tough opponent.”

“I would’ve loved for us to have more greed, determination in the final third, but that’s how football should look. It really sucked people in the game. It’s a little problem to get only a point but it’s okay for today.”

On Harvey Elliott: “When you’re old enough to drive a car, you’re old enough to play football. He’s obviously ready. It’s a nice story, not finished. In the moment, he’s young but he’s in the right place. He doesn’t think too much but it’s not that he’s not allowed to play. He’s a smart player, but we just go. In this half-space next to either Kovacic or Kante or Jorginho, it would be really helpful to have a player who’s constantly turning and looking to play the ball through. Yeah, it was a good game.”

Christian Pulisic on USMNT’s exit from World Cup: ‘We’re sorry. We wanted it so bad’

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The United States men’s national team is going to need some time to digest their run at the 2022 World Cup, which ended Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in the Round of 167

The side had an open mission to “change the way the world views American soccer.” The jury’s out on whether they proved anything they hadn’t in the past, but a place in the knockout rounds after failing to qualify for 2018 in Russia is certainly a good advertisement for the country.

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And Christian Pulisic, who had a solid tournament and was involved in all three goals the USMNT scored at the tournament, is even going so far as to apologize to fans back home.

“We’re sorry,” said Pulisic, who came back days after being hospitalized for a pelvic contusion suffered while scoring against Iran. “We wanted it so bad and I hope that we gave you some kind of excitement and showed you a little bit of what this team is about, and thank you guys.”

“I’m really proud of this team, how far we’ve come. I hope we showed people what we can do. It really is a shame. We deserved more at this tournament.”

Pulisic was sensational for large parts of the World Cup and was fouled a remarkable 11 times in 315 minutes. He had a goal and set up the markers scored by Timothy Weah and Haji Wright.

Yes, he’ll lament having a third-minute shot saved in the Netherlands contest, but there’s much to like about Pulisic and his young teammates in Qatar. That’s especially true since they’ll be one of three nations with homefield advantage when the tournament comes to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in 2026.

“It hurts a lot right now,” Pulisic said on FOX after the game. “We thought we could advance and do a lot more this time around but I love these guys and we did a lot.

“It was an incredible experience, one I’ll always remember. It hurts right now but give it a couple of days and we can look back and be proud.”

When and where is the 2026 World Cup?

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The 2022 World Cup officially begins on Sunday, November 20, and runs through Sunday, December 18 in Qatar featuring 64 matches contested by 32 nations in 8 stadiums over the course of 29 days.

This year marks the very first time that the World Cup is taking place in the Middle East. Qatar, which is the smallest nation to ever host the event, has average high temperatures in June and July of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why FIFA made the decision to host the 22nd edition of the World Cup in the Fall. As always, this year’s World Cup marks four years until the next edition of the tournament, which will make history with three different nations hosting matches.  See below for location information for both the 2022 and 2026 World Cups.

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2022 World Cup Venues:

The 2022 World Cup will take place in the following venues:

  • Al Bayt Stadium – 22 miles from central Doha
  • Lusail Stadium – 12 miles from central Doha
  • Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – 12 miles from central Doha
  • Al Janoub Stadium – 14 miles from central Doha
  • Al Thumama Stadium – 8 miles from central Doha
  • Education City Stadium – 8 miles from central Doha
  • Khalifa International Stadium – 3 miles from central Doha
  • Stadium 974 – 6 miles from central Doha

Where will the 2026 World Cup take place?

The 2026 World Cup will take place in three North American countries: the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This will be the first time that the tournament is hosted by three different nations and it will be the very first time that the event will be contested in Canada. There will be a total of 16 venues used as host cities for the 2026 World Cup. The U.S. will have 11, Canada will have 2, and Mexico will have 3.

Additionally, the 2026 World Cup will debut an expanded format featuring 48 teams–as opposed to 32–split into 16 groups of 3.

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2026 World Cup host cities

USA (11)

Atlanta – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Boston – Gillette Stadium
Dallas – AT&T Stadium
Houston – NRG Stadium
Kansas City – Arrowhead Stadium
Los Angeles – SoFi Stadium
Miami – Hard Rock Stadium
New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
San Francisco – Levi’s Stadium
Seattle – Lumen Field

Canada (2)

Toronto – BMO Field
Vancouver – BC Place

Mexico (3)

Guadalajara – Estadio Akron
Mexico City – Estadio Azteca
Monterrey – Estadio BBVA

When is the 2026 World Cup?

The 2026 World Cup is scheduled to take place from June 8 through July 3.


2022 World Cup U.S. Group Stage Schedule:

  • U.S. vs. Wales – Monday, November 21 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs. England – Friday, November 25 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs Iran – Tuesday, November 29 at 2 PM ET

2022 World Cup Mexico Group Stage Schedule:

  • Mexico vs. Poland – Tuesday, November 22 at 11 AM ET
  • Mexico vs Argentina – Saturday, November 26 at 2 PM ET
  • Mexico  vs Saudi Arabia – Wednesday, November 30 at 2 PM ET

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How to watch the 2022 World Cup:

*All times are listed as ET

  • When: November 20, 2022 – December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5 am, 8 am, 11 am, and 2 pm
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channel in English: Fox
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

 Follow along with ProSoccerTalk for the latest news, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2022 World Cup!

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Gregg Berhalter reacts to USA being knocked out of World Cup: ‘We made some progress’

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Gregg Berhalter has praised his young USA side and although he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ to see them knocked out of the World Cup, he believes progress has been made.

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The USA lost 3-1 to the Netherlands in their last 16 clash as Christian Pulisic missed a great chance early on and the Dutch made the Americans pay as Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries all scored classy goals.

In the end the Dutch had a bit of extra quality and experience but the young U.S. has impressed to get to the knockout rounds and with one eye on the 2026 World Cup, a huge chunk of this starting lineup will probably start at the next World Cup too.

That’s very positive but it doesn’t mean this defeat doesn’t sting right now.

Pride and progress the key words for Berhalter

“This is a difficult one to handle,” Berhalter said. “It is such a good group of guys, it is such a close group of guys, and we came up short today but not for a lack of trying, not for a lack of effort. The guys poured everything they had into this game and unfortunately we lost it.”

They really did.

The USMNT had plenty of the ball and created chances but they just couldn’t knit all of that promise together in the final third when it mattered most. And that right there was the story of their World Cup.

There is still plenty to be proud of for Berhalter and his young side, as they exceeded expectations.

“Really proud. When you think about how this group and how they’ve come together over the last three-and-a-half years, it’s really special to see. You don’t often get a bond like that between teammates, and staff, and everyone,” Berhalter said. “I’m really proud of this group but bitterly disappointed with the result today.”

What next?

There is plenty of debate about whether or not Gregg Berhalter is the right man to lead this very talented, and very young, USA side into the 2026 World Cup on home soil.

A lot can happen between now and then but it seems the displays at this World Cup probably earned him a couple more years to see how this side develops and if they can get a couple of clinical finishers to stand up and finish off chances.

“We made some progress,” Berhalter said. “When people look at our team, they see a clear identity, they see guys that go out there and fight for each other. They see talent on the field. We made progress but on this particular night we came up short.”

When the dust settles on this defeat to the Dutch, the 2022 World Cup will be looked at positively by fans of the USA.

However, the most important thing is what happens next. If the core of this team can keep their intensity and solidity but add cutting edge in attack and stay true to their principles, they can go far in 2026.


Argentina vs Australia: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Lionel Messi and Argentina will continue their 2022 World Cup quest when they face Australia, arguably the biggest surprise of the tournament thus far, in the round of 16 on Saturday.

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Argentina rebounded from their opening defeat to Saudi Arabia with back-to-back 2-0 victories over Mexico and Poland to finish top of Group C and reach the knockout rounds in 14 straight World Cup appearances.

Australia, on the other hand, are in the knockout stage for just the second time ever (2006 – round of 16). The Socceroos were also beaten, and battered, by defending champions France in their opener, but a pair of back-to-back 1-0 wins over Tunisia and Denmark were enough to see them through on a dramatic final day of Group D play.

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Here is everything you need for Argentina vs Australia. 


How to watch Argentina vs Australia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday (December 3)
Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Without looking ahead and past Australia, Argentina will know that their half of the bracket is shaping up rather nicely for a run to at least the semifinals, where they could potentially meet bitter rivals Brazil. Messi has been in fine form thus far in Qatar, scoring twice and assisting once more during the group stage, even if he was denied from the penalty spot by Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny in the finale. The main question regarding Lionel Scaloni’s selection revolves around Lautaro Martinez (2 starts in the group stage – 0 goals, 0 assists) and Julian Alvarez (1 start – 1 goal, 0 assists) at center forward.

Australia head into Saturday’s showdown having not conceded a goal in 199 minutes, going back to France’s fourth in the opener. The Socceroos have had success since switching to a 4-4-2 in both of their victories, keeping eight, nine and sometimes 10 men behind the ball while averaging just 36.7 percent of possession over the three games. Australia are one of four sides (Morocco, Poland and Japan being the others) to have held less than 40 percent of possession and make it through to the knockout rounds.


Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

Australia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 38
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified from AFC via the intercontinental playoffs
Coach: Graham Arnold
Key players: Mathew Ryan, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie

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