Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Premier League player ratings

Niall McVeigh on 14 April 2019

Liverpool

Alisson Early save from Hazard, and quick off his line for the Belgian’s two missed chances. Untroubled otherwise. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold Made some crucial interventions in defence and offered an extra dimension in attack. Another all-action performance.8

Joel Matip Strong in the air and helped steady the ship as Chelsea threatened to fight back. 7

Virgil van Dijk Got across to deal with Willian counter in the first half, and formed a solid partnership with Matip. 7

Andy Robertson Occasionally caught out in possession and relieved to get away with a Gerrard-esque slip later on. 6

Fabinho Assured at the base of midfield, accurate with his distribution and allowed Henderson to influence further forward. 7

Jordan Henderson Pivotal in surge forward after the restart and produced a brilliant chipped cross for Mané to break the deadlock. 8

Naby Keïta Provided thrust in midfield, even if the killer pass was lacking. Replaced by Wijnaldum as hosts looked to close out the game. 6

Mohamed Salah Magnificent long-range strike for Liverpool’s second goal lit up Anfield and capped another masterful performance. 9

Roberto Firmino Did not grab the limelight but some silky touches, including a nutmeg in the buildup to Mané’s opener. 7

Sadio Mané Fired wide from Salah’s first-half cutback but made amends by heading in Henderson’s cross and was a constant threat. The Premier League’s most underrated player? 8

Subs Georginio Wijnaldum (for Keïta 66) 7, James Milner (for Henderson 77) 6, Shaqiri (for Salah 88) n/a

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga Denied Salah and an offside Firmino in first half. Could not do much about either goal but almost caught out by Mané late on. 6

César Azpilicueta Booked for rash tackle on Mané and caught cold for the opening goal. Struggled with the forward’s pace. 5

Antonio Rüdiger Clattered by Mané after 20 minutes, went off injured after 40. Missed as Liverpool turned the screw. 6

David Luiz Unable to deal with Salah’s threat cutting inside, and out of position when Liverpool scored. Set Willian clear in the first half with a long ball. 5

Emerson Struggled up against Salah throughout and was shrugged off before the Egyptian scored from distance. Sent Hazard through soon after but the forward hit the post. 6

Jorginho Passing radar was off in the first half and was largely a passenger as Liverpool’s midfield upped the pace. 5

N’Golo Kanté A reliably tireless box-to-box performance, let down by those around him in midfield. 7

Ruben Loftus-Cheek The midfielder bustled forward in the first half but faded dramatically in the second. 5

Callum Hudson-Odoi Peripheral in a system that did not really suit him. Substituted for Higuaín early on in the second half. 4

Eden Hazard Side’s only real attacking threat, both as a false nine and in his usual position – but missed two big chances to reduce the deficit. 6

Willian Wasted an opportunity on the break in first half, but then set up Hazard chance and used the ball well. 6

Subs Andreas Christensen (for Rüdiger 40) 5, Gonzalo Higuaín (for Hudson-Odoi, 56) 6, Ross Barkley (for Ruben Loftus-Cheek) 6

Latest football headlines

Latest Football News