Player Ratings: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 – Henderson shines in superb Reds...

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 – Henderson shines in superb Reds win

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Liverpool registered its second straight win at Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 win against Chelsea.

The Reds could not be contained from the outset, completely bossing the game in the opening 45 with goals to Dejan Lovren and a superb Jordan Henderson.

Chelsea pegged one back through the in-form Diego Costa, but Jurgen Klopp’s men got the job done at the Bridge again, handing Antonio Conte his first loss as Blues manager.

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois – 6: Had no chance with both of Liverpool’s goals, while making a very smart stop from Divock Origi which would’ve sealed the result late in the game.

Branislav Ivanovic – 4: The Serb has had his spot in the Chelsea side cemented for a decade but it’s time for a changing of the guard. Couldn’t cope in the first half and gave away too many needless fouls.

Gary Cahill – 5: After his error last week, he turned the ball over to Jordan Henderson who scored a sublime winner. Was shaky especially when Chelsea were in all sorts in the opening 45.

David Luiz – 5.5: Marked his second Chelsea debut with a second home loss to Liverpool. He was caught out for the opening goal, but he wasn’t the only one.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6: Was typically resolute and mainly contained Mane, but it wasn’t a good day for any Chelsea defender. Should move to his favoured right-hand side next weekend at the Emirates.

N’Golo Kante – 7: Was forced to play the role of three midfielders in the first half with Chelsea lethargic with and without the ball.

Nemanja Matic – 6.5: Overturned an indifferent start to be one of Chelsea’s key movers in the second half. Provided a very smart assist for Costa which brought them back in the game.

Oscar – 5.5: Was anonymous in the heart of midfield as the home fans cried for Fabregas. He’s had a solid month but he won’t do his starting spot any wonders.

Willian – 5: Had to track back on the right but was found uncharacteristically wanting in possession. His delivery from set pieces was poor and couldn’t give Chelsea the outlet they needed.

Eden Hazard – 4.5: Seemed to have turned a corner but put in his worst performance of the season. Sloppy, wasteful, and went looking for contact when it wasn’t there.

Diego Costa – 6.5: Was forced to feed off scraps especially early, but worked into it with his fifth goal in as many matches. A changed man under Conte. 

Substitutes

Pedro – N/A: Didn’t have look to prove his worth after a late triple substitution for the Blues.

Cesc Fabregas – N/A: Chelsea fans were pining for his arrival, however he only had a few minutes, but he kept the Blues on the front foot.

Victor Moses – N/A: Couldn’t do much in the five minutes he was on the pitch against one of his former sides.

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 6: Couldn’t do much about Costa’s goal: produced some emphatic clearances was also offering up his standard heart-in-mouth moments.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7.5: Completely nullified Hazard while getting forward and giving Liverpool some drive from the back. Continues to quietly go about his business.

Joel Matip – 7: Recklessly dived in which opened up the chance for Chelsea’s goal, but it was the only blight in another otherwise dependable showing.

Dejan Lovren – 7: Scored the opener and wasn’t particularly troubled despite Costa’s goal. Helped shut out the Blues who were pressing in the second half.

James Milner – 6.5: Continued his solid shift as Liverpool’s first-choice left back. He may be a square peg in a round hole, but he’s doing his job.

Jordan Henderson – 8.5: A Man of the Match performance from the captain. There wasn’t a blade of grass at the Bridge which he didn’t cover, and produced a sublime finish which ultimately proved to be the winner.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5: Put in another strong shift in his encouraging start in Red. Cramping late in the game was a sign of the effort he and his midfield counterparts put in.

Adam Lallana – 7: Continued his improved form under Klopp with an energetic showing in midfield. Helped Liverpool run the show from the opening whistle.

Philippe Coutinho – 8: Had his way with Ivanovic, and produced the assist for Lovren’s opener. Returned to the starting line-up and continued with his stellar form.

Sadio Mane – 6: Wasn’t his typical dangerous self on the right-hand side – didn’t do much wrong, but he didn’t have the impact of previous weeks.

Daniel Sturridge – 6: Started for the second straight match and wasn’t happy after being substituted off. Missed some chances and his spot will be under threat when Firmino is fit.

Substitutes

Divock Origi – 6: Replaced Sturridge after an hour and had a golden chance late in the game, only to be denied by a brilliant Courtois stop.

Lucas Leiva – 5: Was brought on for Coutinho to help shut up shop. Did his job.

Kevin Stewart — N/A: Came on as a late substitution for Wijnaldum.

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