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Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

It ended Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea in the Anfield after a stubborn defensive display by the latter in a crucial Premier League fixture.

As a result, the Blues held on to the top four of the Premier League after a magnificent Mason Mount goal. However, Diogo Jota couldn’t find the breakthrough goals that the Reds needed from him.

Let’s have a look at the player performances.

Liverpool:

Allison Becker (6.5/10) – Although his side lost, he did put on a fine performance and did not allow any further damage.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (4.5/10) – Not a good performance and was mostly targeted by the Blues during attack.

Fabinho (5/10) – Getting back to his favoured position didn’t seem great for him. However, he was not at all defensively sound enough.

Ozan Kabak (5/10) – He failed to deliver in the biggest opportunity he could ever get. There were some wasteful long balls which created some amount of frustration.

Andy Robertson (5/10) – He was a bit defensively sound denying Hakim Ziyech at times. Also, his lack of quality attacking play was clearly visible.

Georginio Wijnaldum (5.5/10) – He was struggling to influence the match after a wonderful performance in the win against Sheffield United.

Thiago Alcantara (6/10) – Thiago was gifted with more playing time, but he couldn’t make anything of it. There was a lack of leadership in the Reds’ midfield.

Curtis Jones (5/10) – After an exciting display in the previous match, Jones couldn’t perform upto the mark.

Mohamed Salah (4.5/10) – One of the poor performances from the Egyptian striker. He couldn’t get the better of the opposition defence.

Roberto Firminho (5/10) – There was a lack of cutting edge in the attack and the front three couldn’t succeed. He couldn’t find the target and Diogo Jota substituted him.

Sadio Mane (4.5/10) – He scored a double in the previous encounter at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea took the revenge by hardly allowing Mane to attack.

Substitutes Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner were brought in late and thus, they cannot be rated.

Chelsea:

Edouard Mendy (6/10) – Mendy wasn’t tested much as compared to his opponent, Allison. He was focused and alert whenever needed.

Cesar Azpilicueta (6.5/10) – The skipper was doing well in attacking as well as defending. He kept Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota away from the Chelsea goalpost whenever needed.

Andreas Christensen (7.5/10) – He has been doing a great job replacing the injured Thiago Silva. An exceptional performance from him as the Blues looked rock-solid in the defence.

Antonio Rudiger (7/10) – A brilliant defensive display to deny Salah’s frightening attacks.

Reece James (6/10) – He was having a great game and was defensively and offensively sound. However, in the initial stages, a lack of communication with Mendy was the only mistake.

N’Golo Kante (8/10) – Kante looks like he’s been coming to his top form. A brilliant assist to help Mount score a solo effort could describe his quality!

Jorginho (7/10) – He replaced Mateo Kovacic, but still he was very good in the midfield. He even allowed Werner to score but unfortunately it was denied by VAR.

Ben Chilwell (7/10) – He did have an excellent match after a sound defensive display. However, replacing Marcos Alonso was a bit tricky for him in this match.

Hakim Ziyech (7/10) – He was brilliant whenever the team needed attacking and was calm and focused.

Mason Mount (8.5/10) – A spectacular solo-effort left Allsion clueless and he deserves to be the Man of the Match.

Timo Werner (7/10) – He was clinical upfront but couldn’t find a goal after being ruled offside.

Substitutes Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic were playing for a very less time and hence, they cannot be rated.

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