Chelsea vs Liverpool > 25/11/2017 – in Nigeria0
It was a match which portrayed contrasting fortunes like none of the other folks did. When Mourinho’s guys visited Anfield in spring and churned out a victory, it was Liverpool who had been left devastated but, come autumn, the tables have turned and how.
The initial half was absorbing, with Liverpool seeking very bright in the opening stages. And to everyone’s surprise, they took the lead in the 9th minute via a lengthy variety effort by Emre Can which took a substantial deflection off Gary Cahill’s back, thereby leaving Courtois rooted to his spot.
Chelsea nonetheless fought back valiantly and depicted an remarkable quantity of work rate which sooner or later led them to their equalizer. Gary Cahill compensated for his error at the other end by blasting a shot from point blank range which was saved by Mignolet initially, but in the end crossed the line due to the Belgians backward momentum.
Chelsea began to strenghten their grip on the game and in the end got the all vital winner courtesy of their objective machine, Diego Costa, who rallied his shot pass Moreno and Lovren. There had been some particular talents on display in this encounter but how did they fare individually? Come across out proper here.
Simon Mignolet: 6/10
Mignolet did not have the most effective of afternoon’s at Anfield, as he was the sole cause for Chelsea grabbing their equalizer. Even following that, he did not show considerably guarantee and created a string of very simple saves, primarily off Hazard’s attempts in the 1st half.
Glen Johnson: 6.five/ten
The England right-back’s key function was to preserve a lid on Eden Hazard which he did not fulfil commendably. He made a few cleverly timed runs down the ideal flank, on the other hand, his crosses into the box have been particularly inconsistent and wayward.
The highlight of Johnson’s show have been two pretty essential blocks of Hazard’s shots on goal 1 of which was destined to end at the back of the net which was evident from the former Lille wingers frustration following the block was committed.
Martin Skrtel: five/10
Slovakian international Skrtel was involved in a somewhat naughty duel with Diego Costa, with the duel turning somewhat ugly at occasions. The spat commenced just after an early nudge by the Spanish striker and the continuous physical battle involving them forced the referee to intervene amongst them and it looked like he was running out of patience with the duo.
The pair had to separated by teammates as they went off the pitch as the half time whistle was blown. It transpired that the duo had a history when their respective sides took on every other in the course of the European Championship qualifiers.
Dejan Lovren: 6/ten
Mostly, Lovren was brought into the side to add an imposing presence at the heart of The Kop’s defence. He made a couple of mistakes at the begin of the match and was troubled by Costa all through the match by Costa and outpaced by the Spaniard on a couple of occasions too.
At some instances, Ramires overpowered him as well but the former Southampton defender enhanced as the game progressed and kept a watchful eye on Willian. Lovren adopted a no-nonsense method and was cautious as far as his clearences were concerned.
Alberto Moreno: six/ten
The Spaniard endured a forgetful afternoon and had minimal effect on proceedings. Despite the fact that the former Seville man produced a handful of decent contributions defensively, it did not propel his general performance for the team.
Nonetheless, the amount of stamina he posseses is appreciable and the darting runs down the left wing created in order to assist Sterling were a testament to his high operate price. He had to deal with Ramires, Ivanovic and Oscar is patches and did decently against them.
Steven Gerrard: 6.5/ten
iverpool icon Gerrard had a sloppy begin to the game, providing away passes to the opposition in potentially harmful positions. However, he looked determined to get items right right after a string of disappointing benefits had left Liverpool demoralized.
One of the most disappointing aspect of his game on the day was the forgetful deliveries he launched in the box. The former England internationals defensive contributions have been noteworthy though, as he sniffed out danger posed by Chelsea attackers on a quantity if occasions.
Jordan Henderson: 6.five/ten
Pretty contrary to last season, Henderson hasn’t accomplished enough in attack or defense this season. His influence became increasingly limited as Chelsea began to retreat. His market can never be doubted but he has accomplished practically nothing lately.
He was confined in defense currently and his ball retention was poor. In addition to that, Henderson took lot of time to sort his feet in crucial regions and did not click properly.
Philippe Coutinho: 5.5/ten
The Brazilian put in a much more than decent shift right now and was amazing when the ball was at his feet. He dribbled immaculately and got away from his marker swiftly and with consumnate ease.
His potent surges down the middle had been hazardous and he also pulled off some decent shots from his correct foot. He was subbed off later in the game for Italian international Fabio Borini.
Emre Can: 7/ten
German international Can saw his really very first try on goal sail over the crossbar but straight away soon after that, he was afforded added space outdoors the penalty box and produced the most of it, unleashing a shot from his ideal foot which took a huge deflection off Gary Cahill and left Courtois helpless.
He tracked back with assurance and added the further oomph to Liverpool’s lacklustre attacking line.
Raheem Sterling: 7/10
The addition of Ramires to Chelsea’s lineup was because of Sterling’s increasing threat. He was needed in defense as much as in attack but looked like he was fighting the battle on his personal with no kind of support in attack. He need to be missing Sturridge and Suarez the most.
Mario Balotelli: five/ten
Stranded at the front for most of the match, Balotelli didn’t have any substantial try on Courtois’s purpose. The striker is improving with just about every game which is elapsing but there is nevertheless something which he seems to be lacking.
That attacking punch, instinct and finishing touch is absent and he has a lot to increase on prior to the Liverpool faithful invest their faith in him.
Fabio Borini: N/A
Was brought on for Phillipe Coutinho to add additional pace and energy to Liverpool’s attack but even soon after attempting extremely challenging, could not give that essential breakthrough.
Joe Allen: N/A
Former Swansea City midfielder Allen replaced the visibly tired Emre Can but didn’t have a lot of an impact on the game. His only contribution came in the type of a cross to Henderson’s deflected appropriate foot volley.
Thibaut Cortouis: 7/10
The tall Belgian goalkeeper could not do a lot about the first purpose his team conceded butlooked extremely solid and assured at the back. He is an incredibly trustworthy presence and an individual you can bank on to make a excellent save. He pulled off a incredibly good secure off Raheem Sterling’s appropriate foot thunderbolt in the 53rd minute.
Branislav Ivanovic: 7/10
Clearly the greatest complete back in the league, Ivanovic place in a radiant efficiency against Brendan Rodgers’ s guys and was omnipresent in attacking as nicely as defensive positions. The appropriate-back linked up beautifully with Eden Hazard on the appropriate flank and proved to be a source of nuisance for Alberto Moreno.
The highlight of his match was his darting run passed three Liverpool defenders in the second half. His continuous runs up and down the pitch showed what kind of stamina he posseses and why he is named a tank.
Gary Cahill: 6/10
The English defender was at the centre of controversy even though the course of the match. He was accountable for Emre Can’s purpose early in the very first half. Right after that he himself scored the equalizer for Chelsea and was caught in the midst of a penalty appeal which must have gone Liverpool’s way.
The former Bolton Wanderers defender however, racked up an appreciable functionality in defense and made the Chelsea backline look fairly strong.
John Terry: 7.five/10
If anyone ever was considering that Balotelli would trouble Terry throughout the game, they will likely be laughing at themselves now. The former England captain looked pretty comfy at the back and posed a frequent threat through set pieces.
He did afford a bit of additional space in the early stages of the game but enhanced considerably in the latter stages.
Cesar Azipilicueta: 7.5/ten Azipilicueta was troubled in the initial stages by the pace and trickery of Philippe Coutinho and the physically stronger Mario Balotelli. The duo engaged in an intense dual battle which subsidized as the gane progressed.
The Spaniard linked up with the wingers like a home-on-fire and made menacing runs up and down the flank, one particular of which culminated in a aim.
Cesc Fabregas: six/10
He endured a bit of a waiting game but then got far more involved in the game as time elapsed. With some impressive defensive contributions in addition to beautifully weighed balls upfront and via set pieces, Fabregas proved why he is a single of the greatest in what he does.
He provided some clever balls whilst on the counter attack and his eye for a killer pass also made him a threat.
Nemanja Matic: 8/ten
The significant Serbian has been in great nick of late and carried his stellar performances into this match. He acted like a strong shield in front of the back 4 and won the ball by dispossesing the opponents with ease.
Not only does Matic contribute defensively, his highly effective runs down the middle of the park provide an impetus for a unsafe counter which could rip open the oppositions backline.
Included in the lineup to lessen Sterling’s influence on the match, Ramires started the game positively. A show of flair with a swift turnaround with the ball was hoe he kicked off proceedings.
As always, Ramires showed an impressive function rate and produced superior use of the ball in attacking positions. Starting a match for the 1st time due to the fact September, the Brazilian contributed effectively in defense also. He was later brought off and replaced by Willian.
Oscar did not take pleasure in a incredibly superior start to the game. He misplaced his passes and gave the ball away cheaply. Nevertheless, he worked difficult all through the first half and offered a beautifully weighed ball by way of to Ivanovic midway by way of the opening 45 minutes.
He was later booked for a careless lunge on Glen Johnson.
Eden Hazard: eight/ten
Anytime he got the ball, it looked like anything was on for Chelsea. His confidence on the ball, charisma and ease on the counter signify the type of player Hazard has become.
Diego Costa: 7.5/ten
Incredibly typically you feel that the greatest way to quit Diego Costa is to entice him to earn a red card. He was involved in a physical battle with Skrtel all through the game and that is what purchased the ideal out of him.
He adopted his usual unabashed and brash method and showed an unquenchable want to get into the box and build a thing out of nothing at all. A correct matchwinner, the Spaniard is the very best replacement Chelsea could have got for Didier Drogba.
The Brazilian came on in the second half and replaced his compatriot Ramires. Willian was thrown into the mix by Jose to add the missing guile, creativity and trickery which could propel Chelsea additional.
Didier Drogba: N/A
Chelsea legend Drogba was purchased on late in the match to add some fresh legs and replaced his successor Diego Costa. He did not have any significant influence on the match.
Filipe Luis: N/A
Former Athletico Madrid defender Luis came on in spot of Hazard in stoppage time just to maintain a lid on proceedings. It was a measure taken by Mourinho to blank out any late surge Liverpool could’ve produced.