MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) — Despite reaching 1,000 games as manager, Jurgen Klopp must feel like he’s on a new journey with Liverpool.
A tasteless 0-0 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday was a stark contrast to the team’s impressive trophy-laden spell at Anfield.
His 250th game against Liverpool revealed the challenges his team once again faces as they fight for the biggest prizes.
It was a year ago that the Merseyside club were battling to chase down four trophies the likes of which had never been seen before.
Liverpool are now eighth in the league – Chelsea are tenth – and have dropped there after three games without a win. Liverpool are struggling to break into the top four and secure their place in the Champions League next season.
Klopp said, “Arsene Wagner lost his 1,000th game 6-0 (Arsenal v Chelsea 2014), so I’m glad it didn’t happen.” “It’s clear to me that you have to be willing to take small steps … and it was a small step, that’s right.”
This being a season of change, Liverpool are the best option to lift the cup after FA Cup and Champions League defeats by Manchester United and Newcastle. Those two teams look capable of finishing in the top four and then some.
Coming on as a substitute after 55 minutes, Chelsea newcomer Mykhailo Mudrić injected quality into a game that fell short of a shot on goal.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter said, “He’s had two seasons with us, but seeing him with Shakhtar, given his quality, he’s dangerous one-on-one.”
pressure on lampard
Things got worse for Frank Lampard after Everton’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham in front of club chairman Bill Kenwright and senior partner Farhad Moshiri.
They went on a 10-game winless streak with eight losses in all competitions.
Kenwright was asked if he was walking out of the stadium if the latest loss is the end for Lampard.
“It’s been a tough result for everyone and for Frank, but I’ll never tell you this. We have to start winning,” he warned.
fight from below
No team is far behind in the battle for survival as there is a three-point gap with Leicester, who are in 14th place, and Southampton, who are at the bottom.
Leicester failed to win in the league for the first time since November, when substitute Ivan Ferguson scored in the 88th minute to draw visiting Brighton 2–2.
Nottingham Forest’s climb continued when Sam Surridge scored in the 83rd to draw 1–1 with Bournemouth, who slipped into the relegation zone.
Forest have added 11 points from a possible 18 to move five units out of the relegation zone.
A second-half goal secured Aston Villa’s 1–0 victory over Southampton.
This weekend represented an opportunity for Newcastle to take advantage of the possibility of Arsenal or Manchester United losing points in their game on Sunday.
The team finished third ahead of United on goal difference after a 0–0 draw with Crystal Palace. But it seemed that he missed the chance to put pressure on his two rivals.