• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

So that is what a statement feels like!


For the past couple of months we've seen few emphatic Liverpool ones, mostly peppered in amongst nervy, narrows ones and a few draws.


But cometh the hours, cometh the men, as LFC built on a solid, dominant first half against Chelsea to ramp up through several gears early in the 2nd half to really turn the screw.


Chelsea looked dangerous on the counter but didn't ever go close until after the hour mark. But by that point Liverpool had already go two goals ahead and survived a 5-minute revival by the away side.


A perfect response to Man City going back top temporarily then.


Alisson - Had little to do but managed Chelsea well when they were trying to prevent shorts passes out. Made one great save from Hazard at point-blank range when they had their tails up and will be glad of his latest clean sheet. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - We feel bad given Trent another 6 but it was the only part of the pitch where Chelsea got any joy. Fair enough, it's harsh to judge him too badly when he was up against Hazard but his passing and crossing was a little lacking too. 6


Joel Matip - Unflappable and had some great long-range passing in him. Picked out Mane and Salah several times and brought it forward well. Looking a great partner for Van Dijk. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - Was probably our best player, besides Henderson, although many could've taken those plaudits in an excellent 2nd half. He is instrumental in our season and the latest clean sheet we kept. A massive player for us again. 8


Andy Robertson - It was great to have him back. Milner did a solid job against Porto but you can't replace the real thing and that's exactly what we have in Robbo. He gave Chelsea problems all day long down the right side and his crossing gradually wore Chelsea down. Won many corners and throws down the left side. 7


Fabinho - Has now officially established himself as our first-choice midfielder. The guy is so important and his range of passing, along with Matip's and Van Dijk's, is such a key part of us keeping the ball moving and gave us a dimension that Jorginho just didn't for Chelsea. 8


Jordan Henderson - A captain's performance, one again, as Hendo stepped up to drive the team forward. He was immense in his work rate to assist for the first goal and instrumental in the second with his forward running disrupting the away side's defence. 9 Man of the Match


Naby Keita - He may have come off just after 60 minutes but that was more to do with the work he'd put in than anything. He ran tirelessly and his and Henderson's runs offer us something that has galvanised us at the start of this final stretch of matches. 7


Sadio Mane - We've run out of positives but the little winger is genuinely contending with Van Dijk for Player of the Season. He opening goal, as with so many since the turn of the year, was at such a key moment. You have to wonder why he wasn't being tracked. The smallest man on the pitch, yet such a threat in the air. He ran Chelsea ragged down the left side and caused one of the best defenders in the league to retreat in the 2nd half. 8


Mo Salah - He's looking more and more like the old Mo and was gaining in confidence as the game wore on. Then that goal. A world class goal for a world class attacker. He basically finished Chelsea off (and silenced their fans) with one strike of the ball. Genius. Love the new celebration too. 8


Roberto Firmino - A frustrating first half for Bobby who tried to over-complicate things too much. It was in total contrast to his 2nd half, in which he was immense, defending, winning the ball back and attacking all in the same move at times. 7


Substitutions:

Gini Wijnaldum - Came on for a tired looking Keita at a time when Chelsea had started to get a foot back in the game. Made things more calm and got forward well when required. 7


James Milner - Shored things up a bit in midfield when he came on for a knackered Henderson who'd just taken a knock. 6


Xherdan Shaqiri - Didn't have a lot of time to make an impact, though we're just glad he got on on this occasion. NA



 
 

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