Liverpool v Chelsea: Player ratings

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Chelsea put in a solid performance to claim a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, extending their unbeaten run and their lead at the top of the table.

They fell behind to a deflected long-range strike from Emre Can, but it didn't take long for Gary Cahill to scramble home an equaliser. From there it was always Chelsea who looked the most likely to win an at-times fiery encounter, and that proved to be the case when Diego Costa bagged the winner.

The Spanish international slammed home from close range after some superb work from Cesar Azpilicueta - and from there Mourinho's men closed out the game.

The Blues certainly won with a team performance - but who are the individuals who stood out and deserve special praise? Check out our player ratings below!

Courtois - 7: Nothing he could do about the goal whatsoever; remains one of the best in the league, a fact he demonstrated with a fine save from Sterling.

Ivanovic - 6.5: A fairly quiet game from one of Chelsea's best players this season.

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Cahill - 6: Did OK in general against Liverpool's pacey attack, but wasn't entirely convincing. Little he could do about the opener, and battled well for his goal.

Terry - 5: Like his defensive cohort Terry looked OK, but he's not performing at his usual standard. Could be a worry for Mourinho in the future.

Azpilicueta - 7.5: A model of consistency for Chelsea as ever. Tried to get forward when he could, complimented attacks well and did brilliantly for Costa's goal.

Matic - 7: Locked in an engrossing midfield battle and did what he does best; roamed around menacingly disrupting play. Perhaps should have tracked Can for the goal.

Fàbregas - 6: With Gerrard sitting deep for much of the game there wasn't a huge amount of space for Fabregas to operate in. Still looked sharp though.

Ramires - 5: Subbed off early on in the second half, didn't make much of an impact and could have been in trouble for a strong arm on Sterling.

Oscar - 7: On a couple of occasions he was millimetres away from pulling off the killer pass but it wasn't to be. Always tried hard.

Hazard - 8: An absolute handful all game long. Full of direct running and menace, Liverpool struggled to deal with him.

Costa - 8: Is there a hungrier player in the Premier League? Relished his on-going battle with Martin Skrtel and almost pulled off an outrageous overhead kick. Got the goal he deserved.

Subs: Willian: 6, Drogba: 5, Luis: 5

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