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Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea: Player ratings

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After Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield this afternoon, we take a look at how the players from both teams fared...

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet - 4

Mignolet had two significant moments in the first half; one was a cross which he chose to palm when he was under no pressure and the other was picking the ball out of his net after Ba slotted it past him. He made a good save from Schurrle in the second half but the damage was already done.

Glen Johnson - 6

Practically played as a winger against Chelsea. Johnson kept trying to get the best of his counterpart Ashley Cole without any real success. Fortunately for Liverpool, he didn't have a lot of defending to do. 

Martin Skrtel - 5

The centre-back didn't have a lot of defensive duties to perform throughout the game. Only negative would be that he couldn't make any impact from set-pieces from which he is usually a threat.

Mamadou Sakho - 6

Unlike his team-mate, Sakho was more attached to Ba. He made good tackles in the first half to win the ball back quickly and he tried to set his team off on the attack multiple times to no avail. 

Jon Flanagan - 5

Unfortunately for the young left-back, he couldn't make any real impact on the game. He made some good runs at times and tried to go forward with some intent but it seemed that he couldn't find that vital cross. 

Steven Gerrard - 4

Gerrard had a good first half despite being caught on the ball for Chelsea's goal. In the second, he had four/five chances to test Schwarzer but never caused the Australian much trouble.

Gerrard couldn't put the mistake for the first goal behind him and started to make selfish decisions to correct it, such as shooting from improbable distances.

Lucas Leiva - 6

In for the suspend Jordan Henderson, Lucas had a good performance until he was replaced by Sturridge. He broke up play well, while also making attacking runs when needed. 

Joe Allen - 7

The Welshman was one of Liverpool's better players against Chelsea, testing Schwarzer twice in the second half with decent shots on target. He made some good passes and attempted to cut through Chelsea's defence. 

Raheem Sterling - 5

After an impressive past few weeks, Sterling huffed and puffed multiple times in the match, but couldn't get through Chelsea. As Liverpool couldn't counter Chelsea at all, Sterling couldn't find much space to run into.

Luis Suarez - 4

Suarez just couldn't get into his stride against Chelsea. As much as he tried, it never fell for him. He did have one good attempt late in the second half, however Schwarzer made a great save. 

Phiippe Coutinho - 7

Coutinho was Liverpool's best player on the day. His crossing was often on the spot but unfortunately there were never enough Liverpool players in the right areas to put it into the net. 

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge -  4

On with half an hour left, he didn't have much of the ball. It was possibly the wrong decision to bring him on as he didn't look confident and never looked to receive the ball.

Iago Aspas - N/A

Brought on with 10 minutes to go, didn't make any impact.

Chelsea

Mark Schwarzer - 7

Made three good saves from Allen and Suarez in the second half. The Australian was comfortable with every cross he had to come for, except one that he fumbled towards the end of the second half. His kicking was fantastic, especially to Ba in the second half. 

Cesar Azpilicueta - 7

One of the best full-backs in the league and he proved why today. Kept Sterling quiet and also dealt with Flanagan in fine fashion. 

Tomas Kalas - 8

The debutant had a very good game. Considering how big this game was in Chelsea's season, it couldn't have gone better for the youngster. He blocked shots, headed from crosses and was confident on the ball. He also had a good attempt from a corner that he could have done better with. My man of the match.

Branislav Ivanovic - 6

The Serbian played well, but gave away a few cheap fouls. He led his defence well and kept Suarez quiet for the majority of the match. 

Ashley Cole - 8

Although he's been out of favour this season, Cole returned to action for Chelsea in great form. He dealt with Johnson well and also made some meaningful runs forward.

John Obi Mikel - 7

Mikel did what he had to do. He closed the spaces and defended well. He held it in the middle of the park when he had to and it was a job well done for Mikel.

Nemanja Matic - 7

If I could copy and paste Mikel's description, I would, but I'm not allowed. Matic was confident, strong and powerful in the middle for Chelsea and he used the ball really well especially in the latter stages.

Frank Lampard - 7

Lampard didn't have the ball as much as he'd like against Liverpool but it was more about closing the spaces today, which he did superbly. As captain for the day, he lead his team by his performance although he picked up a silly booking in the first half. 

Andre Schurrle - 6

Shurrle had to defend a lot. You could tell he didn't enjoy it, but he still tracked back effectively. He also made Mignolet make a great save in the second half. 

Mohamed Salah - 7

Salah - along with Schurrle - had to provide excellent defensive cover throughout the game and until he was taken off with half an hour to go, he did just that. He also provided Chelsea with an outlet when they needed to get up the pitch. 

Demba Ba - 6

Despite scoring Chelsea's opener, Ba didn't have a very good game. He couldn't hold the ball up and he failed to find his teammates numerous times when they could've countered with purpose. 

Substitutes:

Willian - 7

The Brazilian will be happy with his goal after Chelsea countered Liverpool with great pace but Willian also manfully tracked back Sterling when he was forced to.

Gary Cahill - N/A

The defender slotted in to make it five at the back and he made some good defensive headers as expected.

Fernando Torres - N/A

Unselfishly put in Willian to score Chelsea's second. 

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