Player Ratings: Liverpool 1–1 Chelsea

Player Ratings

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 6

Made a number of crucial saves in the opening half during a spell of Chelsea pressure – was unfortunate with his positioning for Willian’s goal as he struggled to backtrack in time.

Joe Gomez – 6

Produced another competent display – defensively sound and provided a useful outlet for Salah when he overlapped.

Joel Matip – 7

Limited the influence of Morata, read the game well and a powerful presence in the air at both ends of the pitch – wasn’t quite in-sync with his defensive partner Klavan at times.

Ragnar Klavan – 6

Appeared particularly nervous whenever Hazard ran at him, but then again who wouldn’t – was also caught out of possession on a couple of occasions.

Alberto Moreno – 7

Rewarded the faith placed in him by Klopp by defending well, getting forward when possible and performing a number of last-ditch tackles.

James Milner – 6

Is starting to show that the pace of the Premier League is getting beyond him – Saturday was not the first time this season that he was out-paced, out-fought, and out-passed.

Jordan Henderson – 7

Kept it simple after a difficult outing in midweek but was the midfield blocker, interceptor, and director that Liverpool needs.

Philippe Coutinho – 6

Drifted in and out of the first-half but did show glimpses of influence and quality, especially in the build-up to the goal.

Daniel Sturridge – 5

A rather surprise starter and the lack of first-team football showed as there wasn’t much in terms sharpness or invention from the striker.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Utilised on the left of Liverpool’s attack and demonstrated why Klopp had called on him for his strength and willingness to run – provided the crucial toe-poke for Salah’s goal.

Mohamed Salah – 9

The Man of the Match looked dangerous whenever he cut inside on his left foot and could have added to his goal with a winner in injury time – Anfield anticipates something special when he gets the ball and that really says it all.

Chelsea 

Thibaut Courtois6

Was almost left embarrassed as a Sturridge shot squirmed under his body but could do little to stop the goal and made a couple of vital saves.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 8

Chelsea’s best defender always seemed to be tackling, passing, or intercepting – an impressive performance by the Spaniard.

Andreas Christensen – 6

Didn’t look completely comfortable with Liverpool’s pressure but did produce a number of key blocks.

Gary Cahill – 6

Struggled to stop Salah exerting his influence but did dominate in the aerial battles.

Davide Zappacosta – 6

Always looked a threat when attacking down the right wing but never quite delivered the right ball.

Danny Drinkwater – 5

Played some lovely forward passes but was quite subdued through much of the match – was substituted in the second-half.

N’Golo Kante – 7

Quietly and confidently went about his business shielding Chelsea’s back three – exhibited the crucial part he plays in this Chelsea team.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 4

Struggled to adjust to the pace of the match as he failed to make any real impact – substituted for the more creative Fabregas in the second-half.

Marcos Alonso – 6

Was a threat on the left side and had a number of chances which he should have done better with.

Eden Hazard – 9

Demonstrated his quality even though Chelsea were defensively-minded for much of the match – faded slightly after the break.

Alvaro Morato – 7

An isolated figure at times but did everything asked of him – held the ball up well, made intelligent runs and dropped deep to influence proceedings.

Oliver Miller

FoL's Matchday Correspondent @oliver_miller

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