Player ratings: Chelsea v. Liverpool
Chelsea – Liverpool player ratings: This game ended up being a very straightforward win for the reigning Premier League champions.
[ MORE: 3 things we learned ]
A red card to Andreas Christensen right on half time swung the game in Liverpool’s favor and two goals early in the second half from Sadio Mane sealed a comfortable win for Jurgen Klopp’s side. With big mistakes and star performance, the Chelsea – Liverpool player ratings are extremely mixed.
[ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]
Here’s a look Chelsea – Liverpool player ratings as Frank Lampard will be trying to keep things in perspective, while Liverpool and will be keen to keep building momentum.
Chelsea player ratings
Kepa: 3 - Wandering around early on and generally indecisive. Hesitant on the ball over the top which led to Christensen being sent off which forced the decision. Gave the second goal away with a poor mistake. He knows he will not be Chelsea’s goalkeeper with Edouard Mendy coming in soon.
Reece James: 6 - Wasn’t able to showcase his attacking talents from right back and Mane beat him to head home the first goal.
Andreas Christensen: 4 - He was actually playing pretty well until he was sent off right on half time. One long ball over the top set Mane free and Christensen hauled him down with Kepa dallying.
Kurt Zouma: 6 - Steady and tried his best to hold everything together at the back.
Marcos Alonso: 4 - He knows Chilwell is the first-choice left back, and he worked hard but was caught out on a one-two by Firmino and Salah for the first goal.
N’Golo Kante: 6 - One glorious chance to shoot when found in the box but looked for a pass. Struggled to shut Liverpool down.
Jorginho: 4 - A few loose passes, which is unlike him, and the captain struggled to hold down midfield. Missed a penalty kick too.
Mateo Kovacic: 7 - Plenty of mazy dribbles and was the one Chelsea midfield he looked to support the attack.
Mason Mount: 5 - Spent most of his time defending and wasn’t able to impact the game in a positive way.
Kai Havertz: 5 - Some lovely touches and oozes class on the ball, but not involved enough. Subbed off at half time.
Timo Werner: 7 - Always a threat and went close a couple of times in the first half. Caught offside too often. But that’s his game. Won a penalty kick in the second half and never stopped trying.
Fikayo Tomori (on for Havertz, 45') 6 - Did his best to try and stop Liverpool’s juggernaut and made some decent blocks.
Ross Barkley (on for Jorginho, 79') N/A
Tammy Abraham (on for Kovacic, 79') N/A
Liverpool player ratings
Alisson: 7 - Hardly had anything to do throughout the entire game, then he saved a penalty kick superbly. Involved in the red card incident too with his claim and quick throw to turn defense into attack.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7 - Always whipping in dangerous balls and a real outlet on the right. Off target with his set pieces.
Fabinho: 8 - Stood in superbly at center back for the injured duo of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Could he play at center back now that Thiago is around?
Virgil van Dijk: 7 - Did his job well enough and no uncharacteristic mistakes this week. Almost scored from a set piece situation.
Andy Robertson: 6 - Didn’t see much of him as an attacking threat but worked hard, as always.
Jordan Henderson: 7 - Led by example and a lovely ball over the top which led to Christensen’s red card. Subbed off at half time with a small issue.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 7 - Typically robust display in central midfield. Is he really going to be allowed to leave for Barcelona?
Naby Keita: 6 - Always wants to get on the ball but didn’t really happen for him with Kante and Jorginho around.
Mohamed Salah: 7 - Worked hard to conjure space for himself and teammates. Didn’t score but involved in the first goal.
Roberto Firmino: 7 - The Brazilian forward took a while to get into the game, but created the first goal with a lovely one-two and cross.
Sadio Mane: 9 - Great run to force Christensen to foul him and get sent off. Then headed home the opener in style and scored a second as he chased down Kepa’s pass. Incredible desire.
Thiago Alcantara (on for Henderson, 45') 6 - Did okay on the ball but did give away a penalty kick on his Liverpool debut for a slight trip on Werner. Not ideal, but not disastrous. Showed his quality in possession.
James Milner (on for Keita, 64') 6 - Solid as ever and helped Liverpool see out the win.
Takumi Minamino (on for Firmino, 86') N/A