LONDON — Liverpool made yet another huge stride forward as they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Friday.
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Below we hand each player who took part marks out of 10. Let us know if you agree in the comments section below.
Thibaut Courtois – 6 – Made a superb save from Origi late in the second half but spilled an early shot.
Branislav Ivanovic – 5- Gave the ball away in possession and was caught out for pace on more than one occasion.
Gary Cahill – 4 – A night to forget. Awful defending for Liverpool’s first goal and struggled to cope with pace and movement of Mane and Coutinho in front of him.
David Luiz – 7 – Was Chelsea’s best defender. Good on the ball, took a blow to his face early on.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 5 – Didn’t offer much in attack but was solid enough in defense.
N'Golo Kante – 5 – Not a vintage display from the French international. Won the ball back as always but didn’t get forward
Nemanja Matic – 6 – Too slow on the ball at times but did set up Costa’s goal with a delicate chip.
Oscar – 4 – Hard to remember him being on the pitch in the first half as Brazilian struggled with physicality of Henderson and Wijnaldum.
Eden Hazard – 5 – Cut inside menacingly a few times but it was far too often.
Diego Costa – 7 – Scored another goal and was a constant threat in the box but he just didn’t see enough of the ball and service to him was poor.
Simon Mignolet – 6 – Decent evening for the Belgian who didn’t have to make many saves.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6 – Solid enough from the England international
Dejan Lovren – 7 – Calm finish to put Liverpool ahead and shackled Costa well.
Joel Matip – 7 – Looks better with each game in England although slightly slid in for Costa’s goal. Other than that, very composed.
James Milner – 6 – Solid outing from a typical 6 out of 10 guy in the unfamiliar role of left back.
Jordan Henderson – 7 – What. A. Goal. Apart from bending a beauty in from 30-plus yards for the game-winner, Henderson did all the dirty work in midfield. Captain’s display.
(Star man) Georginio Wijnaldum – 8 – Dutchman was sublime. Alongside Henderson broke down all of Chelsea impetus and was exhausted at the end. Great display in a new role for him.
Adam Lallana – 6 – Kept going forward whenever he got the chance and whenever he picked up the ball it seemed like Chelsea were wary.
Philippe Coutinho – 6 – Whipped in a lovely cross for Lovren’s goal and like Lallana, always seemed dangerous when he got on the ball in the right areas.
Sadio Mane – 6 – Didn’t get a chance to get in-behind Chelsea’s defense and caught offside a few times.
Daniel Sturridge – 5 – Seemed to have a disagreement with Klopp in the second half and went straight down the tunnel when he was subbed moments later. Disappointing display.