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Player ratings from Liverpool’s 3-1 thumping of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge


It was disjointed at times, even ugly for the first hour or so, but there’s little debating the emotion, frenetic and frankly desperate nature of Liverpool’s visit to Chelsea on Saturday.

The Blues and their boss needed three points badly, and the Reds wanted badly to assert that life was different under Jurgen Klopp.

[ MATCH RECAP: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool ]

The Klopp revolution is being televised, and probably just as visibly as Mourinho’s downfall. The score line read Normal One 3, Special One 1, as Mourinho was outfoxed (or maybe out-foxed himself), but how did the players rate?



Asmir Begovic — 5 — Wasn’t going to do anything on Coutinho’s goals, and a big save on Moreno in the 77th minute, but there’s no good way to give up three goals, is there?

Kurt Zouma — 5 —  Couple pivotal first-half clearances, and clearly not a right back but deputized well enough. What was Mourinho thinking? Especially given how poor his center backs played.

Gary Cahill — 4 — Some good clearances through the first 45 gave way to some shaky stuff early in the second. And then total collapse. Woeful stuff from Chelsea’s center back pair.

John Terry — 3 — He hasn’t looked good dating back to the preseason tour, but the first half saw shades of his best defending. The second half… didn’t. It’ll be ironic if Jose Mourinho goes out giving two English center backs every chance to right his ship.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Off 75′) — 6 — Fantastic work on the left side was punctuated by his wonderful cross to Ramires for the early Blues goal.

John Obi Mikel (Off 70′) — 4 —A bit slow to react all day, but was dealing with an incredibly lively Liverpool midfield. Silly, silly yellow card foul against Lallana.

Ramires — 5 — Celebrated his new deal with a well-taken headed goal, but was duped by Coutinho’s faked shot right before the equalizer. (Can you believe he’s 28? Feels like we’ve known him forever).

Willian — 4 — One of Chelsea’s better players when lively and active, he was far from impactful.

Oscar —  4 — Aside from a nifty dribble or two, did little to give Costa a chance to break down the door. Almost caught Mignolet off his line with a long blast.

Hazard (Off 58′) — 3 — Can anyone explain Hazard’s dip from the precipice of truly elite to nearly invisible?

Diego Costa — 4 — A lack of service makes it hard for a lone striker to make things happen (aside from diving, scowling, and doing world-class awful things like kicking Martin Skrtel in the chest).


Kenedy (On 58′) — 6 — An immediate injection of life, a midfielder willing to run and dribble at the defense.

Fabregas (On 70′) and Falcao (On 76′) — 4 — These guys played in the game, huh? You’re sure?


during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2015 in London, England.
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Simon Mignolet — 6 — Didn’t have much to do in the first 45, and perhaps you want your keeper to save the Ramires goal, not just get a hand on it… but hung a bit out to dry there.

Nathaniel Clyne — 6 — Lively on the wing in the first half, settled into a more defensive role as the match moved forward.

Martin Skrtel — 6 —  Not without his scary moments, but marshaled the back line in a big way.

Mamadou Sakho — 7 — He’s a player, making several big tackles and marking very well.

Alberto Moreno — 4 — Failure to pick up Ramires allows Chelsea to strike early is enough for a poor grade

Lucas Leiva — 7 — Clearly a critical part of Jurgen Klopp’s plan. In attack, the 28-year-old helped Liverpool’s possession with calm. In defense, he was cantankerous and on the edge. Did he deserve a second yellow card?

Emre Can — 6 — Steady. Did his job well enough that he barely stood out.

James Milner (Off 64′) — 3 — Struggled to start the match, and never found his rhythm.

Adam Lallana (Off 90+1′) — 7 — Good first half, and worked the Reds into a rare early second half chance before helping to cement the win on Benteke’s late insurance goal.

Coutinho — 10 — Yes that’s a 10. What a pair of goals from the Brazilian: the movement to get free, the reception of the ball, the curling shot. Gorgeous. The second was deflected by Terry, but slightly.

Firmino (Off 75′) — 7 — Looked dangerous early, and combined neatly with country-mate Coutinho on the equalizer.


Christian Benteke (On 64′) —  7 — How’s that for an injection of finish? Klopp goes from a myriad of wily attackers to a big target man who makes both Terry and Cahill look like rookies.

Jordon Ibe (On 75′) — 6 — Didn’t have much to go, as game was firmly in hand.

Dejan Lovren (Off 90+1′) — N/A

Americans Abroad: Chandler earns start after lengthy absence; McKennie leaves injured

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On a relatively quiet weekend for Americans abroad, Timothy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt for the first time since mid-September.

In England, Christian Pulisic made another start for Chelsea, while Lynden Gooch returned to action with Sunderland after a few months of inactivity.

But while some came back from inactivity, Weston McKennie was stretched off the field on Sunday after landing on his shoulder in Schalke’s 1-0 win over Frankfurt.

Here is a list of several other USMNT affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) abroad this weekend.

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea — Pulisic started and played 65 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday. The attacker failed to record a single shot.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — The fullback watched the Magpies’ 1-0 loss to Burnley from the bench on Saturday.

EFL Championship

Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic — Robinson continues to rack up the minutes at Wigan. The young left back started and played the full 90 minutes as Wigan picked up a point against struggling Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — The 24-year-old didn’t dress in Reading’s 0-0 draw with Stoke City.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — The Tigers captain started and played the full 90 minutes in Hull City’s 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic on Friday.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — The 34-year-old defender started at centerback and played 67 minutes in QPR’s 5-3 loss to Barnsley.

Tim Ream, Fulham — Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Stoke City (loan Tottenham Hotspur) — Like Miazga, Carter-Vickers, too, was absent during Saturday’s bout.

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Holmes started and played 88 minutes in Derby’s 1-0 loss to Millwall.

EFL League One

Lynden Gooch, Sunderland – Gooch came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool – the first minutes for the Californian since mid-October.


Weston McKennie, Schalke —  13 minutes into the game on Sunday, McKennie was stretched off the field after he suffered an apparent shoulder injury.

Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf Despite making four saves, Steffen allowed three goals in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Saturday. Morales did not dress.

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen  Sargent is out with an injury for the remainder of the calendar year.

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig — Adams didn’t dress for RB Leipzig.

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach — Johnson didn’t dress for Borussia Monchengladbach.

Timmy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt — The veteran defender started and played 90 minutes for the first time since mid-September.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green, Greuther Furth – The 24-year-old midfielder is out with an injury.

Bobby Wood, Hamburg – Wood dressed but didn’t play in Hamburg’s 1-1 draw on Sunday.


Sergino Dest, Ajax — Dest didn’t dress for Ajax on Sunday.

Haji Wright, VVV-Venlo — The 21-year-old striker started and played 45 minutes in VVV Venlo’s 2-1 loss to PEC Zwolle.

Desevio Payne, FC Emmen — The U-23 MNT fullback didn’t dress for FC Emmen on Sunday.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Weah didn’t dress for Lille on Friday.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — Siebatcheu didn’t dress for Rennes on Sunday.

Honorable mentions:

Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund U-19 —  Reyna’s praiseworthy campaign in Germany continues, scoring a goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 6-1 win over Alemannia Aachen on Sunday.

Georgetown wins NCAA title by beating Virginia on penalty kick

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CARY, N.C. — Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero stopped Virginia’s Axel Gunnarsson in the seventh round of penalty kicks to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship Sunday night.

The teams fought through two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods after finishing regulation tied at 3, leaving penalty kicks to decide the game. Both teams made their first six penalty kicks, and Aidan Rocha made the seventh for Georgetown, forcing Gunnarsson to attempt to match it.

Romero moved to his right to thwart the shot and give the Hoyas (20-1-3) the victory.

Derek Dodson, Paul Rothrock and Daniel Wu scored in regulation for the Hoyas.

Virginia (21-2-1) countered with goals by Joe Bell, Daniel Steedman and Daryl Dike.

Georgetown appeared on the verge of winning regulation when Dodson broke a 2-2 tie with 9:37 left in the second half. But Dike forced overtime when he booted a rebound of his own miss into the top of the net with 4:58 remaining in regulation.

Virginia was bidding for its eighth national championship and third since 2009. Georgetown was playing in its second NCAA final.It lost 1-0 to Indiana in the 2012 championship game.

Mexicans Abroad: Jimenez registers assist in Wolves loss, praised by Liverpool’s Klopp

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In an underwhelming slow weekend for Mexicans abroad, only Raul Jimenez (and Omar Govea) managed to make the headlines, but not necessarily for his assist to Adama Traore in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.

The 28-year-old forward, who has been on a serious scoring run this season with Wolves, was praised by Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, who was asked about Mexican soccer ahead of the Reds’ match against Monterrey in the semifinal of the FIFA World Cup of Clubs.

“There are several players from Mexico,” he says “but Raul Jimenez is an impressive Mexican soccer ambassador, really good. I’m sure they (Mexico) have a strong league, but it’s not easy to see it here, so I don’t know much.”

Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.

Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers —  Despite Tottenham snapping Wolves’ 12-game unbeaten streak in league play, Jimenez continued his fine run of generating goals. In the 67th minute, the forward assisted Traore for the home side’s first and only goal of the night.

La Liga

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Sevilla — Chicharito came on for Luuk De Jong in the 59th minute in Sevilla’s 2-1 loss to Villarreal on Sunday. The forward completed all of his passes (four) and had a shot blocked.

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid — Herrera played the final 27 minutes of Atletico’s 2-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  Due to a suspension, Guardado was not called up to feature in Betis’ 18.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old took the field in the 52nd minute in Betis’ 2-2 draw against Espanyol.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo started and played every minute in Celta’s 2-2 with Mallorca. The defender recorded three clearances, one blocked shot and three interceptions. Celta remain as possible relegation candidates.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli —  Lozano’s time at Napoli under Gennaro Gattuso didn’t have the firework start many were hoping for. Instead, the frenetic winger started on the bench and played only 11 minutes in Napoli’s last-minute 2-1 loss to Parma on Saturday.


Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven — Gutierrez started and played all 90 minutes in PSV’s 3-1 loss to Feyenoord on Sunday. The midfielder completed 89 percent of his passes, recorded one key pass and one shot on target.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax —  It’s been an up-and-down experience for Alvarez at Ajax thus far. Completing 93 percent of his passes and winning 80 percent of his ground duels, his performance on Sunday was a high for the midfielder, despite his team’s 1-0 loss to AZ.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Tecatito and Porto host Tondela on Monday.

Jupiler Pro League

Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea shined on Sunday in Belgium, bagging a brace in Zulte’s 5-1 thumping of Sint Truidense VV.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Pedro Arce, Panionios – Arce played 70 minutes in Panionios’ 2-1 loss to Volos on Sunday.

Gerardo Ramirez Alonso, Roda JC – Ramirez Alonso dressed but didn’t take the field in Roda’s draw on Friday.

Serie A roundup: Ronaldo sets record with brace, Juventus top Serie A (video)

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Juventus’ routine win, which puts them level with leaders Inter Milan, highlights Sunday’s Serie A action.

 [ MORE: Serie A scores, schedule ]

Juventus 3-1 Udinese

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Juventus picked up its first win after dropping points in two consecutive Serie A outings.

With two goals – which easily could have been four if he had not struck the bar – the Portuguese made history in front of the home crowd, becoming the first player to record double digit goals in 15 consecutive seasons within Europe’s top-five leagues.

The storied attacker opened the floodgates in the ninth minute, when a softly deflected ball landed in front of the same right foot that belted the ball past Udinese’s man between the sticks.

It wouldn’t take long for Ronaldo to record his second of the night.

In the 37th minute, one of the 34-year-old’s best techniques made scoring a possibility: positioning. Keeping track of the defender marking him and Udinese’s backline, Ronaldo made a run forward, meeting a perfectly-placed ball from Gonzalo Higuain and striking it home. 

Before the first half came to an end, Leonardo Bonucci headed home the home side’s third of the night, putting the game out of reach. In consolation time, however, Udinese spoiled Gianluigi Buffon’s clean sheet as Ignacio Pussetto tap in inside the box found its way into the goal.

It’s a quick turnaround for Juventus as they travels to Sampdoria midweek, while Udinese host Cagliari over the weekend.


Verona 3-3 Torino

AC Milan 0-0 Sassuolo

Bologna 2-1 Atalanta

Roma 3-1 SPAL

Fiorentina 1-1 Inter Milan