Chelsea 1 Liverpool 3: Liverpool Player Ratings
The Klopp era has well and truly begun as Liverpool beat Chelsea to win away from home for the first time after going behind since beating Leicester last December. Klopp is now unbeaten in his first five games as Liverpool manager and here’s hoping the undefeated streak continues!
Simon Mignolet – 6 Apart from being beaten by a close range header, the Belgian keeper literally had nothing else to do, except backpedal furiously after Oscar caught him off his line. As usual, his kicking can improve.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 Clyne offered a great threat in the first-half on the right hand side and caused problems for Azpilicueta but had a more subdued attacking role in the second half when he faced the threat of Kenedy. A solid game from the right-back. Was a threat down the right with some nice interplay with James Milner.
Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Skrtel had a good game, as he was alert in identifying problematic moments, saving Sakho a couple of times during the game. Had a surprisingly good-natured contest with Costa, often coming out on the winning side of the duel.
Mamadou Sakho – 6 The left sided centre-back had a solid game again, emerging as one of the best passers in the team. However, he did make a couple of errors today.
Mamadou Sakho once again #LFC‘s best passer, completing 94.9% in the first half vs Chelsea. Look at the positioning! pic.twitter.com/YfSuilM9Ry
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) October 31, 2015
Alberto Moreno – 5.5 Lots of positional errors from the Spaniard during the game and was not in line with his usual, recent high standards. He had a chance in the second-half similar to his debut goal vs Spurs last season. Lucas Leiva – 6 Many early fouls from Lucas in the opening quarter of the game meant that he had to be slightly restrictive in his tackling for the rest the game. He continued to commit fouls in the second-half and it still remains a mystery as to how he did not get sent off. The Brazilian made some good interceptions, showed far better abilities in carrying the ball and, surprisingly, even had a shot on target. He seems to be reborn under Klopp. Emre Can – 5.5 Good energy and drive from the midfield, but made committed a fair amount of fouls. Like last week, he needs to learn when to release the ball. Adam Lallana -5.5 Starting as part of the trident behind Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana provided the pressing option during the game. He remained largely anonymous throughout the game until he was subbed off late in the game. Philippe Coutinho – 8.5 Write him off at your peril. The magician showed his usual appetite in stepping up a few gears in big games with two excellent finishes. Here’s hoping that his creative output rises game by game.
.@Phil_Coutinho: MotM vs Chelsea, Rating 8.87, Shots(OT) 4(2), Goals 2, Key passes 1, Dribbles 2 @LFC pic.twitter.com/rIyNPVP7Zs
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 31, 2015
James Milner – 5 Partly responsible for the opening goal when he failed to close down his man, resulting in Azpilicueta making the cross to Ramires. The captain was shifted to the left of the trident during the game, but largely remained ineffective with his contribution in games starting to get worrisome.
Roberto Firmino – 6.5 Started as the striker during the first-half, and showed some nice touches and interplay with the midfielders behind him. With his natural position being an attacking midfielder, he was receptive in dropping deep or running the channels. He shifted to the number ten position once Benteke came on.
Christian Benteke – 7 Second Premier League game in a row where Benteke has had an huge impact as a substitute. He had an immediate effect after coming on as he dominated the aerial duels and rounded off the day with the final goal.
Jordon Ibe : N/A Had a good run after coming on, taking on Kenedy, but little to note otherwise.
Dejan Lovren : N/A