Liverpool produced a fantastic performance against Chelsea on Tuesday evening, drawing 1-1 at Anfield when a win was deserved. We assess each Reds star on the night.
SIMON MIGNOLET (out of 10)- 6.5
It almost feels harsh only giving the Belgian this score, but he barely had anything to do all evening. He could do nothing about Eden Hazard’s penalty, and reacted well to thwart the on-rushing Diego Costa straight after half-time.
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EMRE CAN- 7
The 20-year-old was badly at fault for Chelsea‘s goal, failing to deal with Cesc Fabregas then bringing down Hazard in the box. Other than that he was a class act though, showing physical strength, quality on the ball and dynamism going forward.
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MARTIN SKRTEL- 7.5
Skrtel may not be everyone’s favourite, but he has been excellent of late. He dealt with the dangerous Costa admirably from start to finish, winning tackles and showing dominance in the air.
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MAMADOU SAKHO- 8
The Frenchman is easily Liverpool’s best defender, and he was faultless yet again against the Blues. His use of the ball was superb, and his positional sense was hugely impressive.
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LAZAR MARKOVIC- 7.5
The youngster continued his brilliant run of form, and although his attacking play was impressive, the way he dealt with Hazard defensively was also pleasing. His passing was incisive throughout; an underrated aspect of his game.
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LUCAS LEIVA- 8.5
The 28-year-old has become something of a cult hero in recent weeks, and he was Liverpool’s standout player. His defensive work in midfield was outstanding, and he used the ball expertly as well. He completely outplayed the monstrous Nemanja Matic, in what was a magnificent performance.
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JORDAN HENDERSON- 7.5
The vice-captain wasn’t at his best in terms of the technical side of things, but the way he hounded the Chelsea midfield and never stopped running was a vital part of the Reds’ performance.
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ALBERTO MORENO- 7
The 22-year-old got up and down the left flank relentlessly, and although his decision-making and final ball wasn’t always the best, he showed constant endeavour.
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STEVEN GERRARD- 7.5
The skipper was brought back into the side following injury, and was impressive. He produced some lovely interplay with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Markovic, saw a long-range effort saved by Thibaut Courtois and agonisingly hit the post after the break. Substituted after 70 minutes.
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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 8.5
The Brazilian is a joy to watch in this kind of form, and Chelsea simply couldn’t handle him at times. Had he not lost the ball cheaply a few times he would be Man of the Match, but his vision, dribbling and balance were wonderful.
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RAHEEM STERLING- 8
The 20-year-old was given the tough job of leading the line against Gary Cahill and John Terry, but he was superb. He showed great movement, quick feet and underrated strength, and his supreme solo effort was crucial in the tie. It’s great to have him back at full throttle.
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ADAM LALLANA (on for Gerrard 70)- n/a
The 26-year-old didn’t make an impact on proceedings, barring one good shot that Courtois saved. Looked rusty following injury.
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