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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

Liverpool had to work hard to beat Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday, with Joel Matip‘s brilliance at the back the key to the win, while Jordan Henderson also impressed.

The Reds arrived in west London knowing they could pull five points clear of Man City in the Premier League title race with a victory.

A veritable game of two halves unfolded, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side imperious in the opening 45 minutes before clinging on after the break.

The victory really was at that mattered, though, as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino found the net for the visitors.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Independent, Sky Sports, FotMob and the TIA readers.

Matip (8.0) was Liverpool’s highest-rated player at Stamford Bridge, which was fully deserved.

The centre-back was particularly brilliant late in the day, as his almost-faultless run of form in 2019 continues.

This is Anfield’s Henry Jackson praised him for “winning endless headers and holding the defence together,” as he stood out over Virgil van Dijk (7.3).

Meanwhile, Ian Doyle of the Echo hailed the Cameroonian as he “continually frustrated” Frank Lampard’s side.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alexander-Arnold (7.7) wasn’t too far behind his team-mate, however, with his stunning strike putting Liverpool 1-0 up at a crucial point in the game.

The Mirror‘s John Cross highlighted that the youngster was “as good in attack as in defence,” sticking doggedly to his duties at the back.

Firmino (7.4) was third in the rankings, as he outshone his fellow front-three colleagues—not for the first time this season.

Jackson thought the Brazilian “caused havoc between the lines” and lauded his “exceptional” work ethic late in the match.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho (7.1) and Henderson (6.8) can think themselves unlucky not to have been in the top three, having both shone in west London.

Mohamed Salah (6.0) had a rare off day, completing just 69 percent of his passes according to FotMob, and Doyle rightly described him as “wasteful.”

It was Gini Wijnaldum (5.9) who actually got the lowest rating, however, and somewhat harshly even though he didn’t stamp his authority on proceedings.

Next up for Liverpool is Wednesday’s League Cup third round trip to MK Dons—a raft of changes should be expected, with a potential debut for Rhian Brewster.

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