Full Time: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Liverpool yet again dropped a couple of points in the Premier League this weekend when they faced Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at Anfield. The Reds took 55 minutes to get their first shot on target in a game where they dominated the possession. Chelsea had better chances in an eventful first-half but it was that man Mo Salah again, that opened the scoring on the night.
The former Chelsea man continued his form in the league but substitute Willian, unintentionally scored a scorcher of a goal to get Chelsea back on level terms, and steal a point from this fixture. Neither team can complain about the result and here’s how the Liverpool players fared against the Blues.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Simon Mignolet (6)
Made a number of decent saves and won almost everything in the air, but was partially at fault for the goal, misjudging the flight, costing his side a couple of points.
Joe Gomez (7)
Had a tough time marking the likes of Hazard but came out triumphant, keeping the Belgian honest all game, and reducing the threat from his side.
Joel Matip (6)
Was generally solid, winning most aerial duels and quickly nabbing the ball off Chelsea’s attack. Was a welcome addition to the first-team after he missed out in the last couple of games.
Ragnar Klavan (7)
Stuck to the task well as he hardly gave the likes of Morata any space or time and won most things thrown at him, in a commanding performance from the Estonian.
Alberto Moreno (8)
One of the best players on the pitch for Liverpool on the night, Moreno did everything well at both ends of the field, creating chances and cleaning up at the back, atoning well for his calamitous outing in Sevilla.
Jordan Henderson (7)
A far better performance from the Liverpool skipper, who not only hurried the Chelsea front line but was also influential in the attack.
James Milner (5)
Lost the ball too many times in the middle of the park but was decent when needed at the back, before making way for Wijnaldum, after the hour mark.
Philippe Coutinho (6)
Was not given any space or time on the ball but did well to turn defence into an attack on a number of occasions in what was a decent night for the Brazilian.
Mohamed Salah (8)
The best player for the hosts, Salah was a constant threat to Chelsea, even before he scored the goal and could have had a couple more if not for the resilience from the Blues. Surely the man of the match on the night.
Daniel Sturridge (6)
His hold up play was effective at times in the first-half but he just did not do enough to test Courtois in goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6)
An ever willing runner on the flank, the Ox was not at his best in the final third but his industry on the wings is what that stretched Chelsea and kept them on their toes.
Georginio Wijnaldum (7)
Came on with just over 20 minutes to go and made Liverpool’s transition from the back all the better. Kept Hazarad quiet, late in the game.
Adam Lallana (N/A)
Exquisite first-touch coming on with just minutes to spare and certainly looks ready for the first-team action from the next weekend.
Sadio Mane (N/A)
Hardly had enough time on the ball to warrant a rating.
Here is how the Reds reacted on social media:
— Colin Wright (@colinwright89) November 25, 2017
#Klopp yet again showing his naivety making his changes far too late. We always concede sloppy goals, invited the pressure on, yet again we "stopped playing football" sat deep and didn't control possession of the ball #LIVCHE
— VVD4 (@Virgil4LFC) November 25, 2017
We had a chance to win today against Chelsea who were there for taking but Klopp effectively killed us @LFC
— Noordin (@Noordin08) November 25, 2017
Generally quite like Henderson but I thought him and Milner were terrible today #lfc
— Matt L (@CardyMatt) November 25, 2017
— Richard Cross (@Richcross881) November 25, 2017
Klavan and Matip is LFC’s best pairing, but I don’t think Klopp agrees
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) November 25, 2017