‘Frustration’ was the key word used by Kai Havertz to sum up our goalless home draw with Liverpool, a game that saw two Chelsea goals ruled out by VAR.

The Blues began the post-Graham Potter era with a point against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Stamford Bridge, in a game that Chelsea edged but ultimately were unable to win despite a positive display.

Reece James and Havertz both saw strikes ruled out by VAR, with Kai’s in particular enraging the passionate crowd inside Stamford Bridge after the ball rebounded off Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and onto the German’s arm before crossing the line despite him not knowing much about it.

Those fine margins were, in Kai’s opinion, the difference between turning a solid Chelsea performance into a good one that would have secured all three points.

‘It was a frustrating game for us,’ Havertz said post-match.

‘I don’t think it was our best performance, it was a game that didn’t have lots of quality compared to recent years when we’ve played Liverpool and of course we want to win our games at home, so that’s frustrating also.

‘We had some good chances to score, myself included, but football is all about putting the ball in the back of the net and we didn’t do that.

‘It’s about small margins and we’ve had two goals ruled out by VAR, which maybe on another day go in our favour and we get the three points.

‘Seeing the goal disallowed is of course not a great feeling but these things happen. I want to score, as everyone does on the pitch, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to and that’s frustrating.’

The Blues were led by interim head coach Bruno Saltor, who took charge for the first time following the dismissal of Graham Potter on Sunday evening.

Havertz paid a personal tribute to Potter and insists now is the time for everyone to rally behind Bruno and the remaining coaching staff while the search for a new head coach.

‘It’s been a difficult few days with lots of change,’ added Kai.

‘All of us thought highly of Graham and we know he is a really good coach, and we must take responsibility as players for our part because we haven’t delivered the results this season that people would probably have expected from us.

‘The owners decided to make a change that they think is best for the club and we have to respect that and work hard to improve and move up the table.

‘It’s not an easy situation to deal with but we have to work hard with the coaching staff who are still here and try to improve, as we still have lots of games and points to play for this season.’