Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Reds stars rated and slated

first_img Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7 – Many would have considered Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inclusion a surprise and he initially struggled to get into the game, the England international provided the assist for Salah’s goal. 14 Mohamed Salah – 8 – Salah was Liverpool’s brightest spark and was rewarded for his good work with a slightly fortunate goal midway through the second half. 14 Joe Gomez – 7 – A much improved performance from his game against Sevilla, Gomez worked well with the Liverpool defence and kept the Chelsea team quiet for most parts. Simon Mignolet – 7 – Mignolet was recalled to the starting line-up after their draw at Sevilla and the keeper made some crucial saves in the first half to keep his side in the game. However, the Belgian will be disappointed to have conceded Willian’s goal. A late goal strike from Willian saw Chelsea earn a point against Liverpool in a fiery encounter at Anfield. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead against his former club midway throught the second half. But Willian’s cross-cum-shot deceived Simon Mignolet to send the away fans into pandemonium. There was drama before the game started as Jurgen Klopp left Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on the bench to the surprise of supporters. But how did the Liverpool players who featured in the game? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s Liverpool player ratings.  14 Philippe Coutinho – 6 – The Brazilian looked very composed in the middle of the park but did not find the same joy as in previous games against a compact Chelsea defence. Joel Matip – 7 – Liverpool’s defence looks more stable with Matip at the back. The centre-back did not do anything particularly special but led the defence well. Jordan Henderson – 6 – The skipper showed good energy throughout the game, supporting his team well going forward and defensively. 14 SUB – Adam Lallana – N/A – Fans will be happy to see Lallana make his return to the team but he was not on long enough to influence the game. SUB – Sadio Mane – N/A – Many will wonder why he didn’t start the game. Had Mane played for longer, perhaps we would be talking about a Liverpool victory. Daniel Sturridge – 6 – Another surprise inclusion to the starting XI and Sturridge struggled to make any meaningful impact on the game. A missed opportunity for the out-of-favour striker. 14 Alberto Moreno – 4 – A less erratic display from Moreno than the Sevilla game, but he did create nerves across Anfield with some bizarre defensive techniques. SUB – Georginio Wijnaldum – 6 – Wijnaldum offered a fresh pair of legs when he came on just after Salah’s goal, however, it wasn’t enough to get his side to hold on to their lead. 14 14 Ragnar Klavan – 6 – The Estonian produced another consistent performance to keep the likes of in-form Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata at bay. 14 James Milner – 6 – Milner was in a competitive midfield battle and looked solid throughout the game. 14 14 14 14 14 14last_img

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