What a massive win! Liverpool were definitely the better side as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane opened the scoring, before Mohamed Salah thundered in a long-ranger at the Kop End to double the lead.
The Reds had a few nervy moments after being two goals up, when Eden Hazard hit the post once, and forced a save off Alisson, but post that, there were no worries for the Reds.
Here’s how each player fared.
Alisson Becker – 6/10
The wind didn’t help his kicking. He was barely tested. In the second half though, he made a humongous save to deny Hazard the chance to make it 2-1. Another clean-sheet for the big Brazilian.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10
He was troubled a little bit when Hazard switched to the left flank, but no harm was done. He put in some superb crosses both from open play and set-pieces.
Joel Matip – 7/10
There was one moment in the first half when him and Henderson left it for each other and let Willian run through to shoot wide. He was superb otherwise, though. Strong, clean and brilliant.
Virgil van Dijk – 8/10
In the absence of Olli Emerson from ratings duty today, I won’t talk about the size of his bollocks. We’ll just talk about him winning every aerial duel, being superb on the tackle, and leading the backline superbly.
Andrew Robertson – 7/10
Once again, he proved why he’s the best left-back in the league. There was not one moment when he was really overly tested. His intensity was superb. Could’ve done without the slip at the end though.
Fabinho – 9/10
Absolutely immense performance in the middle of the park. It was superb from him on the tackle. In the second half, he set the tempo with his passing and Anfield grooved to Fabinho’s tunes.
Naby Keita – 7/10
He was Liverpool’s most important creative outlet in the first half. He had a couple of questionable defensive moments, particularly switching off and letting Hazard through, to hit the post.
Jordan Henderson – 8/10
Yet another immense captain’s performance. He ran down that right channel without a break. Set up the first goal with a superb dink to the far post.
Mohamed Salah – 9/10
Doesn’t score in big games? Take that Kop End thunderbolt! He was superb all game, Emerson Palmieri wasn’t allowed a moment’s peace. Salah’s dribbling let him down slightly at some points, but he was superb.
Sadio Mane – 8/10
He’s just one goal off Salah and Aguero in the Golden Boot race. Just shows you how important he’s been. He was relentless in his pursuit of annoying Azpilicueta all game.
Roberto Firmino 7/10
Set off the move for the first goal, with a very clever backheel. He never stopped pressing, won a huge number of tackles, and never allowed Chelsea to settle into a rhythm while passing out of the back.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10
He came in and did what was asked of him, after replacing Keita. He plugged the gaps in midfield, and helped the Reds keep possession beautifully.
James Milner – 6/10
After coming on for Henderson, he just helped see the game through.
Xherdan Shaqiri – N/A
He finally played.