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


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.”

USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the GM (Brian McBride) and Sporting Director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

[ MORE: USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams ]

As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — St. George’s, Grenada
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details 

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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Three key questions for USMNT in March


The United States men’s national team returns to competitive action with an interim coach at the wheel and a spot in the CONCACAF Nations League finals still uncertain.

The Yanks clobbered Grenada at home in their first CNL group match but could only manage a 1-1 draw with El Salvador thanks in no small part to a sloppy pitch and a red card. The USMNT was also down several first-choice players including Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna.

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The U.S. will be favored to advance and will hope to be in the catbird seat following Friday’s match with Grenada at Kirani James Athletic Stadium in St. George’s.

Grenada lost 3-1 to El Salvador away but drew Los Cuscatlecos at home and need to beat the visiting U.S. to qualify for Gold Cup.

But the USMNT’s aforementioned 1-1 draw with El Salvador looms large: Even if the Yanks were to falter in Grenada, they’ll be the Group D winner by beating Los Cuscatlecos on March 27 in Orlando.

Three key questions for USMNT in March

1. Center forwards still needed, but is there anyone ready for the task? The Nos. 1, 2, and 3 non-Reyna-related question for Gregg Berhalter when the World Cup ended was why he chose his center forwards, how he used them, and why they didn’t score goals. Haji Wright was the only CF to score at the World Cup and that was the first center forward goal in six USMNT matches. Jesus Ferreira scored four the previous game, but that was against Grenada and the FC Dallas star has three more goals in his 15 other caps. And Timothy Weah, a danger up top when called upon but often a wide man, is injured and will miss the international break.

So where will interim coach Anthony Hudson turn against Grenada and El Salvador?

World Cup cut Ricardo Pepi is back and so is Daryl Dike.

Meet the candidates and their forms:

  • Pepi, 20, is on loan at Dutch side Groningen from Augsburg. He started off hot with Groningen and has nine goals, though he’s scoreless in his last three matches.
  • Dike, 22, is fit and firing for West Bromwich Albion, where he’s scored four times in his last five Championship appearances, all starts.

This is one of those “prove it” camps, with Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna among those helping to cue up chances for their center forwards. If you’re not gonna get the job done against Grenada and El Salvador, you’re missing the boat.

2. Who steps into the Tyler Adams role? Tyler Adams has unflinchingly been Leeds’ most consistent and steady player in a year of tumult, and he’s proven the same time and again in a USMNT shirt.

But he’s not here!

So there will be no “MMA” midfield of Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, and Adams. The first two pieces are here from Leeds and Valencia, but it’ll be a third piece to complete the trio. Luca de la Torre of Celta Vigo and Alan Sonora of Juarez have been called into camp and Johnny Cardoso is the most defense-minded of the bunch if the team is to go “like-for-like.” Cardoso, 21, is starting for Internacional in Brazil, who trails only Gremio on the Gaucho table.

3. What’s the state of mind? Look, the “youth soccer” and “extremely childish” incident has made for plenty of discussion online, but the U.S. group seemed plenty bonded after Giovanni Reyna’s World Cup camp incidents had happened but were yet to be exposed by Gregg Berhalter at a “private” speech.

So, in theory, Reyna will arrive back into a USMNT camp in need of consistent effort and good attitude but as a member of the fold. The problem may be that the fold thought it left the World Cup with Berhalter either returning as head coach or with a search being conducted for a new coach.

It turns out, it’s only mostly the latter; Berhalter remains a candidate for the U.S. job and has been in Europe to see his “former” players. His assistant, Anthony Hudson, remains in charge of the first team on an interim basis and who can really know how much input Berhalter may currently have on the group.

All of that said, the USMNT is better than both of its opponents, regardless of venues, and should look superior to them even without Adams and Weah. Should is still pretty conditional, so let’s see what statement comes out of these two games in the favorites role, because it’s going to be quite a while before the Yanks are a clear underdog again.

Italy vs England: How to watch live, stream link, team news


England will begin their EURO 2024 quest the same way they finished their heartbreaking EURO 2020 campaign: facing Italy, now two-time champions of Europe, on Thursday.

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The two European giants faced off in the 2020 final (in the summer of 2021) at Wembley Stadium in London, and it was the Italians who triumphed in the penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw after regular time and extra time.

Italy and England are joined in Group C by Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta. The sides that finish 1st and 2nd in the group will qualify for next summer’s tournament in Germany.

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Here is everything you need for Italy vs England. 

How to watch Italy vs England live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3:45pm ET, Thursday (March 23)
Stadium: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli

Italy squad

Goalkeepers – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Claudio Carnesecchi (Cremonese), Wladimiro Falcone (Lecce)

Defenders – Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan), Francesco Acerbi (Inter Milan), Emerson Palmieri (West Ham), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino)

Midfielders – Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Jorginho (Arsenal), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Monza), Sandro Tonali (AC Milan), Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo)

Forwards – Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds), Simone Pafundi (Udinese), Mateo Retegui (Tigre)

England squad

Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford (Everton), Fraser Forster (Tottenham), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders – Kyle Walker (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Reece James (Chelsea), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

Forwards – Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Manchester City), James Maddison (Leicester), Ivan Toney (Brentford)

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The Anfield Wrap on Liverpool ahead of U.S. tour: ‘They are in a new phase’


Liverpool are still in the hunt for a top four finish but Jurgen Klopp is now in charge of a big rebuilding process as the Reds are in ‘a new phase’ as they transition from the German’s first seven years in charge.

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That is the view of Neil Atkinson from The Anfield Wrap (TAW) and it will be intriguing to see how Klopp reshapes his playing philosophy, adds to his squad and how it all slots together over the next few years.

TAW are bringing their show to North America with their ‘TAW Live’ tour taking place from Wednesday, Mar. 22 to Monday, Mar. 27, with shows in Toronto, Detroit, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

TAW host Neil Atkinson joined Brad Thomas and Drew Dinsick on NBC Sports’ Soccer Pub to discuss what he thinks of topsy-turvy Liverpool this season and what their identity could become in the future.

Klopp has ‘never had to do this’ before

“I think this is the key question for the next phase of Jurgen Klopp,” Atkinson said. “He has never had to do this before. He’s done seven years at Mainz, seven years at Dortmund and he’s now done seven years at Liverpool. Jurgen has signed his new deal and is staying until 2026 and now what he’s got to do is transition this football team in a way he hasn’t had to do in the past.

“I think that is an interesting challenge. Sides get used to the way you play and players themselves can become a little bit stale and there is also you yourself and how you see the game and how you’re going to interact with the game as a manager. I don’t think he’s had to do this in any of his other jobs. He’s done unbelievable jobs everywhere he has been, including Liverpool, but this is a new phase.”

Transition has arrived for the Reds. But what will it look like?

“The key question for Liverpool is Liverpool are clearly in transition, that is clear and apparent. That happens to a lot of sides and some sides manage to change and stay at the top, Liverpool haven’t managed to succeed in that. Last season they were beginning that process and last season you saw a bit of transition from Liverpool but not as much as you’ve seen now and they haven’t managed to stay at the top and the Champions League this campaign.

“What is it moving to? Is it simply different players? Or is he looking to change his approach a little bit? Is he looking to add creativity to the side? What does that come at the expense of? I think that is a key question. On the whole I feel like talk of Liverpool’s overall demise is vastly overstated. I think it is a side that will right itself. There have been injury issues this year, I don’t think a number of the players and coaching staff have had their best season by any stretch of the imagination, but I think they will come back strong.”

Top four finish essential this season

“I’m of the view that as long as they can find a way to a top four finish then I feel they will summer strongly and they will be able to come out of the other side and we will really be able to see what the next phase of Jurgen Klopp’s blueprint is. I am absolutely certain he has a blueprint and has a way he wants this team to play and knows which players he wants to keep and move on. I think we will see that again in the summer and Liverpool come again. But it is important for Liverpool to come top four.”