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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool

Another night and another defeat, as Liverpool slipped to a third defeat in the last four games, conceding two more to add to the three against Watford.

Liverpool were much better for large parts than they were against Watford but still far from good enough.

Chelsea, to be fair, were marginally better on the night but just took the chances that came their way, as Lampard fielded a far stronger side.

Jurgen Klopp put out a much stronger team than many expected, with the likes of Van Dijk, Gomez and Sadio Mane amongst the starting eleven but it was ultimately not to be.

Adrian - Made a superb save and shortly followed it up with a proper clanger. But he literally saved us with several brilliant saves and made sure it was a move heavy defeat. 7 Man of the Match

Neco Williams - Looked handy getting forward and had the energy to thwart Pedro on a few occasions but wasn't quite at the best we'd seen him in recent cup games. It was another step up in quality for the youngster. 6

Virgil Van Dijk - It's not been a great run of form for the Dutch man since the winter break and Jurgen Klopp will want to ensure that his defensive lynchpin arrests the dip in form before it gets any worse. He hasn't had a worse run since he joined us. It is a little bit worrying as we enter the 'business end' of the season. 6

Joe Gomez - Was slightly better than Van Dijk but that wasn't saying much. At one point in the second half, he went into a blind panic with Van Dijk high in Chelsea's half and almost let Pedro in for a third. Thankfully, Adrian was there to put a stop to that. 6

Andy Robertson - His season seems to have tailed off a little bit and he was decidedly worrying tonight. His crossing game was awry, he was caught out many times and he kept giving away daft free kicks. A collective loss of form of our entire back line is happening at a time when we need it least. 6

Fabinho - Poor. This was a game designed to give him a 90 minute run out, to find his feet in what would hopefully be a slower paced game. If anything, it was the opposite and he clearly struggled. If Henderson or Milner are available for the Atletico game, he may well have to sit that one out. Was caught in possession many times and given the run-around by Chelsea's much more mobile midfield. 5

Adam Lallana - One of our better players. He gradually grew into the game, created some good opportunities and chances, and looked lively but he's used so inconsistently now that you can't expect him to just turn it on at will and be a match winner. 7

Curtis Jones - Was tidy and clever in possession. Always a willing runner and got into the box on many occasions but the attack was so disjointed that he just wasn't utilised well enough. Came off for Milner. 7

Sadio Mane - Always a threat but it's worrying how he's gone so off the ball. Even his short passing was off tonight. He regularly had 2-3 Chelsea players around him every time he had the ball but that Mane magic is just missing at the moment. Had one great chance toward the end of the first half but couldn't quite take it. 6

Divock Origi - Awful. Absoutely. Awful. Nothing else to be said. It's been a bad season for Divock when he was expected to kick on. Wouldn't be surprised if he goes in the summer. 4

Takumi Minamino - First chance we've had to have a proper look at Minamino amongst the first teamers and he's a worker, I'll give you that. It wasn't exactly a great game to see the best of him, with a mixture of youth, experience and squad players but he worked hard. 6


Roberto Firmino - Changed the dynamic of the game for a while, but it was ultimately futile, coming on at 2-nil. 6

James Milner - Was just James Milner, tackled, fouled, got a yellow card and hit the first man with a free kick. Looked rusty. 5

Mo Salah - Was predictably brought on with 10 minutes left. N/A

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