A crackling night at Anfield produced yet another thrilling encounter this week as Antonio Conte’s Chelsea came to the Merseyside, to try and consolidate their place at the top of the Premier League table. The Reds were going into this game on the back of 3 back to back defeats but they put in a decent performance to take a point from the league leaders. David Luiz and his innovation gave Chelsea the lead in the first half while Georginio Wijnaldum came up with an important header to take his team level. Diego Costa bottled a chance to go 2-1 up as Mignolet saved the spot-kick to earn his team a point. Here are the player ratings for the Blues for this game:
Thibaut Courtois (6):
Made a couple of decent saves and also dominated his box in the air in a decent performance by the shot-stopper.
Cesar Azpilicueta (6):
Stuck to his task well on the flank as he kept the likes of Milner and Coutinho away from danger throughout the game.
David Luiz (7):
The Man of the Match on the night, Luiz, was superb at the back, dealing with the likes of Firmino, and his presence of mind gave Chelsea the lead on a productive night for the defender.
Gary Cahill (6):
Calm and composed when needed, Cahill, was comfortable most of the game against the likes of Wijnaldum and Lallana in a decent performance.
Victor Moses (5):
His threat in attack was completely negated by the Reds as he had to stay aware at the back to help his side to an important point.
N Golo Kante (8):
Arguably the most impressive player on the pitch, Kante, refused to let any Liverpool player past him as he put in a mammoth performance in the midfield for Chelsea.
Nemanja Matic (5):
The Serbian stuck to providing cover for the back-line as he made a number of interceptions and clearances to keep his side in the hunt.
Marcos Alonso (5):
Another player who failed to have a lasting impact on the game, Alonso, was penned back during the night and had to be smart to keep Liverpool away from danger.
Came into the starting XI after a while and ran ragged on the flank whenever he could but just could not create enough space for himself to have an effect on the game.
Eden Hazard (6):
Won the free-kick that led to the goal and was the only outlet in attack in the first half but was replaced early in the second half after his contributions started to fade away.
Diego Costa (4):
Was troubled by Matip all night long and though he won a penalty at the end, he failed to convert from the spot to cap off a forgettable evening.
Added a much needed mettle in the attack for Chelsea with less than half an hour to go but failed to give his side all three points on the night.
Cesc Fabregas (6):
Bought into the game to break the defense in the last 10 minutes but could not to enough to impact the game.
A clock-running substitute in stoppage time.