What Mykhailo Mudryk did to Liverpool’s James Milner as Cesar Azpilicueta breaks the Chelsea record
Chelsea grabbed a point at Anfield to extend their goalless streak against Liverpool and remain in 10th position in the Premier League. After three minutes, Kai Havertz’s goal was called out due to an unusual offside call, but neither side could hit the net again as they failed to excite.
Mykhailo Mudryk made his Blues debut, displaying some lively moments and even having an opportunity to give Chelsea the lead after dancing past Liverpool’s defense with both guile and pace, as he quelled Liverpool’s second half momentum. Graham Potter’s side were probably the more threatening over 90 minutes, but neither side were able to convince that they should be higher in the league. The Blues boss was keen to take the positives however.
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He said: “We’re happy with the performance of the team, happy with the energy, spirit and discipline we had. It’s never easy coming here because of Liverpool’s quality and Anfield. So we take the point, we accept it, and we move forward positively.”
Mason Mount’s early corner caused havoc in the Liverpool area, and Thiago Silva pounced on the loose ball, firing an attempt toward goal that deflected off the post. Havertz was the first to respond, prodding home from only a few yards away.
Graham Potter believed his team had established an important early lead, so the linesman kept his flag down. However, VAR began inspecting the goal and eventually determined that Havertz was offside from Silva’s strike.
The reason for the change in judgement looked to be obscure, but it has now been revealed why the German striker was ruled to be offside despite Silva not attempting to reach his teammate with the shot.
James Milner kept Silva onside for his effort, but with the Brazilian’s strike coming back off the post, Havertz’s foot was ahead of the ball. If Alisson had saved it, he would have been onside because it wouldn’t have counted as a pass.
Although being controversial, Steve McManaman agreed with the decision on commentary. “They [Liverpool] were fortunate though weren’t they, because James Milner played Thiago [Silva] onside but then Thiago [Silva] hitting it against the post has made Kai Havertz offside. It’s the right decision,” he said.