Player Ratings

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois – 7

Was far from overworked but still put in a solid display – his season has been mixed to say the least, but from early on in this contest it was clear that the better version was on show, he saved a couple of Mane attempts to keep a well-earned clean sheet.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7

Produced a quietly effective performance and marshalled the movement of Firmino well – Liverpool’s front three rarely threatened to overrun the Chelsea defence and the Spanish defender was central to that.

Gary Cahill – 7

A comfortable afternoon where Liverpool’s attack did not get the better of him – he led the back-line well and was a threat at set pieces.

Antonio Rudiger – 6

Was the most vulnerable member of Chelsea’s defence, but he hardly faced many difficulties – he panicked whenever left one-on-one with Salah but as the match progressed this became less of a problem, he even put the ball in the net in the second-half but it was ruled out for offside.

Victor Moses – 7

His wing play and crossing was a threat – he was imposing against an opposition full of confidence and played an integral part in Chelsea’s only goal of the day.

Cesc Fabregas – 7

Playing in the pockets that were left untouched by Hazard, he attracted attention that allowed Chelsea’s wingbacks space to move into – he did miss a good opportunity from an acute angle in the first half but was nevertheless an effective presence in the centre.

N’Golo Kante – 7

Prevented Liverpool from transitioning quickly from back-to-front – he produced a couple of wayward shot but on the whole it was a decent performance that featured crisp passing.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 7

Showing steady improvement since coming back into the first-team and this match continued that progression – he was a presence in midfield and produced effective support to Giroud.

Marcos Alonso – 7

A performance full of tenacity – his work-rate both in defence and attack was vital for the home side and he could have scored a stunning goal with a thunderous strike in the second half.

Eden Hazard – 8

With the spring sunshine came a performance full of the colour and sentiment of the season – after a non-descript opening half-an-hour, he stepped up to test the Liverpool defence with trickery and technique aplenty.

Olivier Giroud – 8

One of the most underrated players in European football scored yet another headed goal – he out-jumped Lovren and outfoxed Van Dijk to grab Chelsea’s winner, he was a threat that the Liverpool defence struggled to contain.

Liverpool

Loris Karius 7

With Liverpool dominating the opening exchanges, his first piece of action was lifting the ball out of his net following Giroud’s opener, after the goal he also had very little to deal with.

Nathaniel Clyne – 5

Struggled to fit into the Liverpool defence following precious little playing time this season – he made a couple of rash fouls and was substituted before an hour had been played.

Dejan Lovren – 6

The mixture of the towering Giroud and the menacing quick-feet of Hazard led to a challenging afternoon for Lovren who will want to put this below-par performance behind him quickly.

Virgil Van Dijk – 7

Like with his defensive partner, it was far from an easy game – he was unable to maintain order amongst the Liverpool back-line as he usually does but still put in a shift.

Andy Robertson – 6

Was up against the energetic Moses and was forced back to defend for much of the encounter – when he did manage to venture forward, he was not quite as effective as usual.

James Milner – 6

As with many of Liverpool’s players, the exploits in Rome during the week quite understandably had taken a lot out of him – his normal creative impetus and terrier-like determination were slightly subdued.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

Deployed in the centre of Liverpool’s midfield, he was competent on the ball and aware of the spaces around him, however, Liverpool’s fluidity was somewhat lacking and his presence may have played a part.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7

Played a major role in Liverpool’s utter dominance in the opening 30 minutes but after the goal, he appeared to slow and dither when in possession – the midfield he was up against was a tough one to marshal.

Mohamed Salah – 6

His performance was one more accustomed to Stamford Bridge than Anfield – in midweek, he looked fatigued and in need of a short period of rest…this match confirmed it.

Roberto Firmino – 6

Lacked his usual influence in terms of movement, creativity and finishing – the support he got from wide areas was limited and summed up a rather lacklustre performance in Chelsea’s final third.

Sadio Mane – 6

Showed plenty of endeavour and was the brightest of Liverpool’s attacking trio, particularly early on, but – barring one attempt that tested the finger-tips of Courtois – his impact was fairly limited.