Chelsea vs LiverPool Live Football Score 04/04/2023
To put it another way, why is he still here? “I cannot really explain that, to be honest. I am aware of the fact I am sitting here because of the past, not because of what we did this season,” Klopp said. “If it was my first season it would be slightly different, so that’s it. I know I am here for what happened in the last few years. I don’t like the fact and pretty much I have to rely on that. Is it right or not? We will see that in the future but I am fully in.
Assistant coach Bruno Saltor has stepped up to become Chelsea’s interim manager following the sacking of Graham Potter, with Tuesday’s visit of Liverpool his first game in charge. Chelsea team news: So it’s Bruno Saltor officially in charge now as Interim Head Coach, though other than Graham Potter, only assistant Billy Reid has left the team, so it’s pretty much the same crew as before anyway. The choices and decisions they make are unlikely to be drastically different from Potter’s, especially as this is Bruno’s first appointment as something more than just a coach. But perhaps he’s got the magic wand.
There is some good news with regards to injuries as N’Golo Kanté made his long-awaited return over the weekend with a 20-minute substitute appearance and Mason Mount seems ready to come back as well (even if he didn’t quite make it onto the pitch on Saturday). Thiago Silva and César Azpilicueta remain out, while Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Édouard Mendy are various degrees of doubtful.
The 2-0 loss to Aston Villa dropped us into the bottom half of the table on negative goal difference. Chelsea’s haven’t finished in the bottom half of the table since 1996. We have 10 games left to avoid that fate. His past success has given him a symbolic importance but Klopp said: “I am not here as a talisman or whatever or for murals on houses’ walls. I am here to deliver, I know that 100 percent.”
One of the instructive elements was that he did not reject the premise of the questions; he invited those about his own position with an answer about his sacked counterparts. Nor, despite his sympathy for them, did he say Leicester and Chelsea were wrong to part company with Rodgers and Potter respectively.
We’ve played five consecutive draws against the Reds, the last three of which were all 0-0 draws (including both Cup finals last season), and we are unbeaten in our last three visits to Anfield (1 win, 2 draws). January’s (somehow scoreless) visit was the one with Mudryk’s electrifying debut (the one flash in the pan, so far) and it also turned out to be Jorginho’s final game for us.
Liverpool are relatively healthy at the moment, though Luis Díaz and Thiago Alcântara are not quite ready to return yet from their injuries. Stefan Bajčetić and Naby Keïta have been ruled out for the rest of the season (or at least probably in the latter’s case). None of which means owners Fenway Sports Group are likely to sack Klopp; seven months earlier, when Thomas Tuchel was fired and his fellow German was asked if he feared a similar fate, he replied: “There are different kind of owners. Our owners are rather calm and expect from me to sort the situation and not expect that someone else will sort it.”
That still seems the position. Sorting it, however, has proved a more arduous process than expected. Liverpool’s latest attempt to kickstart their season comes in Chelsea’s first game without Potter; the caretaker Bruno Saltor will be the eighth Chelsea manager he has faced. There should be a ninth next season, too, assuming Klopp continues. I am fully in, there is no doubt about it but we have to sort it,” he pledged. “We cannot continue playing like we do from time to time. Not always, Thank God, but from time to time. That is now allowed. I am really disappointed about us that we do these kind of things but it happened now we have to find a way out.”
But in a season of 13 managerial changes and 12 sackings in the Premier League, the way out for some of his peers has been via the exit. Not for Klopp. His deeds in better years still rightly count for much, but as he surveyed the field of the underachievers, he smilingly deemed himself the last man standing.