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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Following up a defeat mid-week to Napoli with a win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and continuing our 100% Premier League start was never going to be an easy task.


But somehow, by hook or crook, the Reds pulled it off. It wasn't easy and there were times when Chelsea looked all set for a second goal and Liverpool would have to settled for a draw.


Jurgen Klopp - once again - made some fairly random substitutions which, on paper, made total sense but through experience don't usually work they way they're supposed to.


Too many players looked off par, as they had during the week, and the players struggled to control the game for large periods of time but they saw it through and picked up 3 points.


Adrian - The former West Ham keeper once again showed up when it counted and made some excellent saves once again. He's proven to be a quality backup for Alisson. His only downside is that he can be a bit tentative coming off his line at times. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - The young right-back once again had a bit of a nightmare at times. He's being targeted and, thus, caught out all too regularly lately. He needs cover from midfield, or help from Salah and was being targeted by Chelsea. It won't be the last time this happens. 5


Joel Matip - The centre back was immense once again. He bailed his defensive partner and Trent out several times and won his share of headers. He's becoming a commanding centre back in his own regard. 9 Man of the Match


Virgil Van Dijk - Was sloppy in the week and continued that form today. Thankfully he didn't give away another obvious chance today, but he wasn't at his best. Hopefully it's a rare blip. He's unlikely to play in the week so the break may get him back on track. 6


Andy Robertson - Played a solid game but his delivery from out wide was often lacking. Got to be given a break in the week. 6


Fabinho - Edged out by Matip, who was on his toes at the time when it mattered, for man of the match but his brilliant form continued. He was up against Kante, the formerly best DM in the league and apart from one rare brain-fart from him and Henderson, when Kante pushed through and pulled a goal back, he didn't put a foot wrong. 8


Gini Wijnaldum - The Dutch midfielder kept it tidy but was looking leggy at times, for some reason. He looked reluctant to get forward too much and gave the ball away a few too many times. Wasn't alone though. 6


Jordan Henderson - The captain did a lot of shouting, pointing and had a running spat with Jorginho that was unnecessary. Did little else of note besides. 6


Sadio Mane - Although Mane looked off the pace, he was still a threat and, like the rest of our front 3, he was far from his best so it shows how great he is at his best. Had a couple of opportunities that he couldn't capitalise on. 6


Mo Salah - Without a doubt one of Mo's poorest games in a Red shirt. He usually 'brings it' against Chelsea but he failed many times today. Most notably from a chance to kill the game in the second half. 5


Roberto Firmino - Scored the second goal. Did little else of note and was really, really.. not Bobby. Like the rest of the regular 11, he'll hopefully be given a break in the week. 6


Subs:


James Milner - Came on, committed a few too many fouls and did little else useful. 6


Adam Lallana - Let the ball hit him and go out once. Don't remember seeing him do much other than that really. 5


Joe Gomez - Came on to ensure Chelsea didn't score again. They didn't. The end. NA



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