Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea – Player Ratings

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Chelsea traveled to Anfield on Saturday evening for a vital Premier League clash against Liverpool. The Blues’ winless run against the Reds resumes as second-half goals from former Blue Mohamed Salah and super-sub Willian saw the points shared once again.

Despite the hosts taking the lead after an hour of play, Chelsea really could have come out on top, with a draw more than deserved to say the least. There were a lot of positives and negatives to be taken, as we finish our three-game run at away.

LIVERPOOL 1-1 CHELSEA – MATCH REPORT

Here are our Chelsea players’ ratings from the game:


Starting Eleven:

Thibaut Courtois – 7 – Didn’t have much to do with saves on the first-half, really. On the second period he almost scooped Sturridge’s harmless-looking cross to his own net, but did brilliantly to not let that disturb him, as he followed up to make some good saves and catches after that. Couldn’t do much with Salah’s goal, but denied him later on with a world-class diving save.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 8 – Another great performance from the Spaniard. Did very well in the defence blocking Sturridge from close-range with a superb sliding challenge and tracking back Salah when needed.

Andreas Christensen – 7 – Some very important last minute blocks to save his side more than once. Good game from the youngster.

Gary Cahill – 7 – Very good performance from the skipper today. Made no errors and made a vital block from Wijnaldum to keep Chelsea in the game on the second half.

Davide Zappacosta – 5 – His pace awarded him to get up down the right-hand flank very often, but his final balls were very, very poor tonight. Defensively not much better. Went close early on though, as he forced Mignolet to save his effort for a corner.

Davide Zappacosta takes on Liverpool's Alberto Moreno.
Davide Zappacosta takes on Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno.

N’Golo Kante – 8 – One of Chelsea’s best performers today. Did what he does best; works as the spine of the side.

Danny Drinkwater – 7 – Might have made it to the starting line-up by some surprise, but certainly delivered what was expected from him. Made some very good runs forward and did good job defensively as well. Subbed off after 75 minutes for Cesc.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 5 – Wasn’t really at his best on the first-half, as his mistake led to Salah’s opening goal. Deservedly subbed off after 77 minutes.

Marcos Alonso – 6 – Did well to keep the in-form Mo Salah out of the game on the first-half. Went close to with a free-kick, but struck a good chance well over the bar when trailing. Didn’t really have the space to get up-field.

Alvaro Morata – 6 – Was well marked by the Liverpool defence tonight. Headed over from a Hazard corner but didn’t have much else to do on the first half. Missed a great chance on the second period, which really seemed to make Conte angry on the sidelines, but it was ruled offiside anyways. His best moments came when creating chances for the rest of the Blues.

Eden Hazard – 8 –  MOTM – The Blues star was electric right from the beginning and was basically running the show from the first whistle. He completed nine take-ons – more than any other player in one game during this Premier League season – which pretty much sums up his superb performance. Also assisted Willian’s equalizer.

Eden Hazard runs around Liverpool's James Milner.
Eden Hazard runs around Liverpool’s James Milner.

Substitutions:

Cesc Fabregas – 7 – Implemented the needed creative edge to the game when coming on, and probably should’ve started considering how we had the midfield under control today. Really admiring his range of passing.

Pedro – 6 – Some nice football here and there, but didn’t really get a chance to change the game from the right wing-back’s position. Also, I don’t really think that a short-sleeved shirt and gloves fit him.

Willian – 8 – The agendas and criticism need to be written off now! He’s been involved in all of Chelsea’s last five goals, and even though he might have got a bit lucky with his chip, he did a brilliant job getting us the needed equalizer. Very impressing cameo.

Willian chips the ball into the back of the net for a deserved Chelsea equalizer.
Willian chips the ball into the back of the net for a deserved Chelsea equalizer.

Who do you think was Chelsea’s best player tonight?