Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

Liverpool fell to yet another defeat at home to Chelsea. This leaves Champions League qualification hopes at their lowest point yet. Here are the five major talking points.
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Liverpool have now been beaten five times in their last five games at Anfield. Klopp's men put up another uninspiring performance as Thomas Tuchel's side took three points. This has left the London club in the driving seat for Champions League football, and Liverpool with little help left.

Liverpool and Chelsea players stop before the match for a minutes applause.

The Reds failed to address the early warning signs and Mason Mount's smart finish left the Anfield side lingering in 7th place. Here are 5 major talking points from the game.

Werner's Disallowed Goal

You can't say Liverpool hadn't been warned. Chelsea took control of the game after a hectic start. Then within a flash, Timo Werner - who nearly signed for the Reds - was in behind a very high line. Alisson came flying out with no success, leaving the German to tap it into an empty net.

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Andy Robertson originally looked as if he'd played the Chelsea man offside. But after yet another lengthy VAR check, Werner was adjudged to have been millimetres offside. It's another call in the Premier League that will be debated for weeks. 

Another tight offside goal that is killing the spirit of the game. Ultimately it didn't influence the result here, but it was an early warning sign that Liverpool didn't address.

Mason Mount Opener

Mason Mount celebrates against Liverpool

It looked as if the game was heading to half-time goalless. Then a ball forward from Chelsea caused confusion between Fabinho & Trent Alexander-Arnold. Mason Mount was allowed all the time in the world by the Brazilian to cut inside and score the only goal of the game.

It was a good finish by the Englishman, but a goal that could have been so easily avoided from a Liverpool standpoint. It was a blow to a side already low on confidence. One they didn't recover from.

The Salah Substitution

Liverpool were desperate for fresh faces in the second half. With Diogo Jota waiting to come on, most were expecting Sadio Mané or Roberto Firmino's numbers to be called. Instead, a baffled Mohammed Salah was subbed off on the 62nd minute. The Egyptian was by no means his usual self. However, with the Reds in desperate need of a goal and Mané & Firmino in such bad form, it was a huge shock to see him taken off. The online backlash was huge. Including this tweet from Salah's agent...

Liverpool's Lack of Creativity

Liverpool's lack of creativity is becoming a common theme. This is the fifth loss at Anfield in a row. The only game in which they scored was against Manchester City - and that was a penalty. Fans waited until the 85th minute to see a shot on target against Chelsea, and again, this was a fairly weak Gini Wijnaldum header. 

Naby Keïta was ignored for James Milner & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Diogo Jota came on for Salah and apart from looking bright in the press, didn't have much chance at all. It's a growing concern for Jürgen Klopp and his team. It seems as if every week they fail to even create half a chance. This is a side that you almost knew was going to score until recently. Now, it seems that fans are just hoping that something happens.

What's the Realistic Target?

The Reds are now 4 points from the Top Four. They are in seventh place, behind teams like Everton & West Ham. Gaining Champions League qualification is seen as vital for the summer window. But this is slipping away, and it is slipping away fast. Would fans be happy with Europa League qualification? Definitely not. 

Unless something drastically changes then Liverpool won't be playing in Europe's premier competition next season.