Graham Potter saw good levels of spirit and energy in his Chelsea team’s performance at Anfield, and the head coach was also happy with the bright debut Mykhailo Mudryk made in blue.
The Blues fought hard against Liverpool and could well have left with all three points having created a decent number of chances, and had an early goal ruled out by VAR with the margins very fine indeed.
‘I am happy with the performance overall as it is never easy here, it’s a huge challenge,’ Potter said as he started his analysis.
‘I thought we played well and were the better side in the first half. They started the second half better, but we had a couple of chances with Mykhailo [Mudryk] and Carney [Chukwuemeka].
‘We wanted to win but we take the point and move forward. I liked the energy of the team and what we tried to do.
‘We were a back three in the first half and after they started well second half, we needed to adjust, bringing Mudryk on.
‘The extra player in the build-up helped us calm it down a little bit, because of the crowd. We managed it well,’ he continued. ‘I liked the spirit in our performance so it’s something for us to move forward with.’
Mudryk became the latest Chelsea player to make his Blues debut, and the head coach was happy with the Ukrainian’s outing.
‘That was really good,’ enthused Potter.
‘He’s only been with us a couple of days. He will only get better the more he is with us, and the more we understand each other, but promising signs. He will get supporters off their seats. His dribbling action is really high. He knows where the goal is.
‘We had 45 minutes as his maximum, ideally around 35 minutes. We felt it as the right time to put him in, he is a fit boy and has trained a lot. He’s not played since November so it would have been a risk to play him from the start.
‘I am happy for him to get his first minutes and start his career with us.’
Thiago Silva was outstanding yet again in defence and Potter heaped praise on the Brazilian
‘He’s got a footballing brain above everybody pretty much, because of how long he’s played at the highest level, the players he’s played with and against, his references are so strong.
‘He can help the team, and help individuals. Benoit there, it was only his second game in the Premier League, surely benefits from playing alongside Thiago Silva. Everyone does. He’s a leader off the pitch, on the pitch, and a really important player.’
Potter also commented on the signing of Noni Madueke
‘He’s an exciting player, brings a left-footed attacking option for us and competition in that area of the pitch. He’s a young player who has had a good start in his career, accumulated games for a big club in Holland.
‘He’s ready to take the next step and we need to help him adjust to life with us and to life in the Premier League, but again he is a player our supporters will like.’