Liverpool v Chelsea ratings: Hazard impresses but Salah the star

Date published: Saturday 25th November 2017 11:46

The honours were even at Anfield on Saturday night as Chelsea came from behind to snatch a late 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the second half, latching on to a through ball before slotting past Thibaut Courtois.

However, Willian struck with five minutes to go, lobbing Simon Mignolet with what could have been a cross to the far post.

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet: Wasn’t tested as much as he should have been, but still looked shaky on the odd occasion, and then was lobbed for the equaliser. 5

Joe Gomez: Solid at the back against a difficult opponent and showed promise going forward. 7

Joel Matip: Liverpool undoubtedly look more resolute with him in the side. Did a good job and could do nothing about the goal. 7

Ragnar Klavan: Still looks slow and occasionally shows glimpses of questionable judgement, but not a nightmare by any stretch. 6

Alberto Moreno: Was a real litmus test for the full-back after Tuesday night, but he did a solid job in truth. 6

Philippe Coutinho: Chelsea did a fantastic job of neutralising his ability. Struggled to get into the game. 6

Jordan Henderson: Again seemed to lack the belief to play key passes, but he clearly plays an important role in the balance of Klopp’s midfield. 6

James Milner: A worthy inclusion given the determination and fight he gave Liverpool, even if technically it was far from his best game. 6

Mo Salah: Without a doubt the focal point of Liverpool’s attack. Came close with a curling effort in the first half before scoring in the second. Looked the best player on the pitch. 8

Daniel Sturridge: Had a couple of good chances but was largely thwarted by a solid Chelsea rearguard. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Helped to create the opener, but that was his only contribution of note. 6

Substitutes

Georginio Wijnaldum (for Sturridge, 66′): Came on after the goal as Liverpool looked to consolidate, but struggled to get up to speed. 6

Adam Lallana (for Coutinho, 89′): N/A

Sadio Mane (for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 89′): N/A

 

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Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois: Very rarely called into action and cannot really be faulted for the goal. Flapped at a couple of crosses. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta: Made some crucial blocks and was a rock at the back for Conte’s side. 7

Gary Cahill: As per usual a dominant ariel performance from the England international. 6

Andreas Christensen: Did a very solid job after being picked again over David Luiz, who will be wondering when his next chance will come. 7

Davide Zappacosta: Almost scored but for Mignolet’s save. A real threat going forward. 7

Danny Drinkwater: Very much played the Milner role for Chelsea with his grit and tackling. Good vision too when on the ball. 6

N’Golo Kante: Another busy performance from the Frenchman. A real key man for Conte’s side. 6

Tiemoue Bakayoko: Arguably at fault for the goal and seemed to be a little bit off the pace, but is adjusting to the Prem slowly. 6

Marcos Alonso: Really came into the game when Chelsea were searching for the equaliser. 6

Eden Hazard: Expectedly looked like Chelsea’s creative force moving forward. Does look threatening in a central role with his agility and trickery. 7

Alvaro Morata: Worked very hard but found himself eating space and feeding off scraps. 6

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Substitutes

Cesc Fabregas (for Drinkwater, 74′): Came on to supply some creativity for Chelsea and helped them wrestle control of the game. 6

Pedro (for Bakayoko, 77′): N/A

Willian (for Zappacosta, 83′): Scored, but it was a cross let’s be honest. 6

 

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