In the 50,000th top-flight match in English football, Liverpool and Chelsea played out a fast-paced 0-0 draw in a battle of slumping sides, seeing this fixture end in a stalemate on three consecutive occasions for the first time.
It was a rip-roaring start for the Blues, who looked to put themselves in front before the three-minute mark when Kai Havertz stabbed home from a corner.
Chelsea continued to control the tempo throughout the first half, as Liverpool struggled mightily to get into the game.
Were the Blues more clinical in front of goal, they would have taken a hefty lead into the break.
Liverpool enjoyed short spells of second-half dominance, but their frontline looked short of fluidity and it was Chelsea new-boy Mykhailo Mudryk’s introduction just past the hour mark that kick-started the contest, though the scoreline remained untouched.
A Trent Alexander-Arnold effort was mis-hit and sliced wide in the final ten minutes, epitomizing the frustration in the final third for both sides on the day.
Despite failing to impress and pick up all three points, the result ensured Liverpool avoided losing their first three league games in a calendar year for the first time since 1953.