Chelsea and Liverpool played out a thrilling draw.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the Reds in the ninth minute before Mohamed Salah doubled the scoring in the 26th. Chelsea were heading for another defeat. But Mateo Kovacic offered a glimmer of hope just before half-time by pulling one back. Just over three minutes later, Christian Pulisic also got on target to bring Chelsea level before the break.
The second half didn’t see as much action. The sides fought with intensity, though there was no winner for either. The real winner of the tie was Manchester City, whose lead at the top of the table extended to ten points.
On that note, here are the player ratings for both Chelsea and Liverpool:
Edouard Mendy – 6/10
He was clinically beaten by Salah and Mane in the opening stanza, but pulled off a series of incredible saves after the break.
Trevoh Chalobah – 5/10
The youngster erred big time, which allowed Liverpool to snatch the opener. He struggled to cope with the game’s intensity in general.
Thiago Silva – 7/10
The veteran centre-back was a figure of composure, keeping everything tidy at the back. He didn’t put a foot wrong in the face of Liverpool’s high press.
Antonio Rudiger – 6/10
He didn’t hesitate to take on Liverpool’s forwards, but Rudiger’s decision-making could’ve been better.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10
The Chelsea captain dealt well with Mane except for the opening goal. He was solid defensively, making three clearances and two interceptions.
N’Golo Kante – 7.5/10
He provided an excellent cover for the back four, and teed up Pulisic for Chelsea’s second of the night too.
Mateo Kovacic – 8.5/10
He triggered Chelsea’s comeback with a sensational goal, and kept Liverpool on their toes with his pressing. Kovacic won 12 ground duels and completed six tackles too. Chelsea’s man of the match?
Marcos Alonso – 6/10
He was made to look like a Sunday League player by Salah for Liverpool’s second. Alonso couldn’t conjure anything special going forward either.
Mason Mount – 6.5/10
The Chelsea ace was once again below his best, but his work rate was never in question. After scoring in four consecutive league games, he’s now without a goal in his last four.
Christian Pulisic – 7/10
He made up for some of his missed chances with an equalising goal in the dying moments of the first half. Pulisic lacked sharpness after the break, though.
Kai Havertz – 4/10
The German was completely anonymous on the night.
Ratings of Chelsea substitutes against Liverpool
Jorginho – 6/10
The Chelsea maestro brought control to midfield.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – N/A
The youngster was barely visible on the night.
Liverpool Player Ratings against Chelsea
Liverpool squandered a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge,
Caoimhin Kelleher – 6/10
He had little to no luck with either of Chelsea’s goals. However, the Liverpool goalkeeper made four saves to keep the hosts from running away with the match.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10
Alexander-Arnold teed up Salah for Liverpool’s second of the game, and looked dangerous all night. However, he got away with a big mistake late on.
Virgil van Dijk – 7/10
He came a cropper for Pulisic’s goal, looking unsettled and confused. He made six clearances and won five aerial duels on the night, though.
Ibrahima Konate – 6.5/10
Konate fared well despite his relative inexperience, showing quick thinking and incredible pace in tough moments during the game.
Kostas Tsimikas – 6.5/10
The Greek was remarkable in deputising for Andrew Robertson, making amazing switches of play and some excellent crosses too.
Jordan Henderson – 5.5/10
The Liverpool captain was in no man’s land in the opening half, but gained a measure of stability after the break.
Fabinho – 5/10
The Brazilian was uncharacteristically poor on the night, with Chelsea flying past him with relative ease.
James Milner – 6/10
The 35-year-old was sloppy in possession, but made some key interventions in the game. Milner made five clearances, three tackles and two blocks on the night.
Mohamed Salah – 8/10
The Liverpool ace was unstoppable for much of the game. Too bad he couldn’t find more than one goal.
Diogo Jota – 5.5/10
Adventurous and direct, the Portuguese lacked a cutting edge on the night.
Sadio Mane – 7/10
His decision-making was poor on a few occasions, but he broke the deadlock for Liverpool early on.
Ratings of Liverpool substitutes against Chelsea:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5/10
The midfielder was on the fringes of the game after coming on.
Naby Keita – 5/10
He struggled to get involved in the game.
Curtis Jones – N/A
The youngster had too little time to make an impact.