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Klopp pleased with little steps taken by his Reds against Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp and James Milner react to Liverpool's goalless draw against Chelsea in the English top flight.

There was little to warm the crowd at a very cold Anfield on Saturday as Chelsea and Liverpool played out a goalless draw.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the 'little step' his Reds took as they kept a clean sheet against Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Merseyside club hosted Graham Potter's Blues at Anfield, playing out a goalless draw on Saturday afternoon.

For the neutrals especially, it was a bitterly disappointing stalemate, with both sides struggling to replicate the form of recent seasons and locked outside the top four for the foreseeable future.

Chelsea thought they had opened the scoring when Kai Havertz hit the net from close range but the strike was ruled out for offside by VAR.

Following the match that failed to warm the very cold Anfield, Klopp explained that his team will have to 'accept' the 'steps' they are currently taking and 'build on' it going forward.

The German to BT Sport: "We started well in the first half and second half; we had good spells but couldn't keep it up.

"We have to be ready for little steps and this is a little step. A clean sheet against Chelsea, we didn't create a lot of chances and they had some as well. We defended in the second half with passion and clear organisation, but we were too deep in these moments. In the end, I'm okay with 0-0 because you have to accept these steps.

"We can build on that. Both teams were very aggressive."

Milner: 'We've got to stick together.'

Liverpool midfielder James Milner added: "We always want to win our home games, we know the situation we are in at the moment, things are not easy. We've got to stick together, keep working hard. We kept a clean sheet which was pleasing. We need to get that base. We had chances to win the game.

"It was tough. It was two teams that aren't playing their best at the moment. That's why you have to win that battle, the pitch didn't make it as easy to play as we would like. At time we could have made it easier for ourselves by taking an extra touch but also moving for each other. We had really good spells in the game as well. There's things to work on but a clean sheet is a step in the right direction.

"When you're in a tough period and a tough moment in the team, I think it's important that you stick together and fight for those clean sheets and that's where it starts. It's not the best football matches that we are playing but it's small steps to get where we know we can be. We would have liked to win it, it's pleasing that we had the chances. This is a small step in the right direction but we have got a long way to go to where we want to be."

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