Liverpool: Player Ratings v Chelsea

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Liverpool suffered a third defeat in seven days as Chelsea continued their unbeaten streak in the Premier League, beating the Reds 2-1 at Anfield.

The home side started brightly and Emre Can gave Liverpool the lead in the ninth minute, as his shot took a deflection off Gary Cahilll to leave goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois stranded.

However, Cahill made amends for his error just five minutes later, when he was first to react to Nemanja Matic's saved header.

The Blues began to get the upper hand in the game and summer signing Diego Costa got his tenth goal of the season in the 57th minute, when calmly slotting his finished through a busy Liverpool goal line.

Simon Mignolet 6.5

The Belgian had an unlucky afternoon on Merseyside. He made an outstanding save to deny Nemanja Matic's first-half header, however his team-mates did not react quick enough to the loose ball.

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For Chelsea's second, Mignolet also made a smart stop to palm away Cesar Azpilicueta's cross and again his hard work was not aided by his team-mates.

Mignolet's confidence looks to be on the up, however is distribution during the game was unsatisfactory and that has to be improved.

Glen Johnson 5

Johnson is under pressure from fellow full-back Javier Manquillo and put in another poor display.

The notion of tackling seems to have deserted the England international and instead he prefers to lay-off attackers. Too often, Edin Hazard was given plenty of space on the left-hand side and allowed to shoot.

For the Blues' second, he was none existent to mark Azpilicueta, and should have recognised that he had Philippe Coutinho playing ahead of him, who's defensive duties are limited.

Martin Skrtel 6.5

He was involved in a superb battle with Diego Costa that was great to watch.

Skrtel dealt with the Spanish international well, being strong in the tackle and didn't shy out of any loose ball. His performance showed that he is finding his form he displayed last season and that will be a massive bonus for a struggling Liverpool side.

Dejan Lovren 5

The Croatian struggled once again.

It was surprising to see he was given the nod over Kolo Toure given how well the Ivory Coast international played against Real Madrid mid-week and Rodgers has to take criticism for playing Lovren.

Every time he was on the ball, he looked like he didn't want it and defensively, his duties were not up to scratch and could soon find himself out of the side.

Alberto Moreno 6.5

Usually, he displays his attacking duties outstandingly, however, he was limited today.

This was not through choice, but the constant pressure that was put on him on Chelsea's right-hand side. Oscar and Ivanovic linked up well, but Moreno answered them on most occasions and he is quickly becoming a fan favourite at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard 6

Once arguably the best central-midfielder in the world, he was swamped by much better talent. The trio of Fabregas, Ramires and Matic proved all too much for Gerrard and had little answer to Chelsea's attacks.

He did make a number of smart dispossessions, but they came few and far between and didn't help his side out in the final third when desperately needed.

Jordan Henderson 5

The England international has been badly out of touch this term and again put in a below-par performance.

Henderson offered little going going forward and defending, and was outclassed in the centre of the park. The 24-year-old is now Liverpool's vice-captain, but is not acting like a leader and needs to step up.

Emre Can 7.5

Can was only one of few who stood out in a Red shirt.

He played a slightly advanced role than he has this season, and relished the test. Early in the game, the German threatened the away side's defence, and his deflected shot was a result of his positive play.

The German also helped out well defensively, dispossessing Hazard easily in the first -half to start and attack and got out of trouble in the second half near his own box. Very surprising when he was substituted.

Philippe Coutinho 7

The Brazilian started brightly and asked Ivanovic plenty of questions in the early stages of the game.

He has some of the quickest feet in football, and dazzled the Blues' defence, however his end product was not good enough when he got in good positions. 

Raheem Sterling 7

He's been out of form of late, but looked good against the current league leaders.

He was a menace early on, and looked to be gelling well with Can. However, he lacked service and although he tried hard, he badly needed the aid of his team-mates.

The main area Sterling has improved is his strength and ability to win the ball, which was badly needed and is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Mario Balotelli 5

Another goalless game for the striker. You have to feel some pity for him, as he received no service and left isolated up-front on his own.

However, an old saying is if you're not getting the ball up-top, go and get it. He failed to do so and was happy to be as useful as a statue.


Joe Allen 4

Never going to change the game when he came on and was barely involved.

Fabio Borini 5.5

Offered decent movement, but much like his fellow Italian, he had no service.

Rickie Lambert 5

The same can be said for Lambert as Borini, came on and didn't receive the ball enough. His slip when in a dangerous position summed Liverpool's afternoon up.

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