Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Rating the Blues Players

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Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Rating the Blues Players
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With seconds remaining on the clock and Chelsea leading Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday, the headlines should have read of the Blues' Champions League surge.

Victory at Anfield would have seen Rafa Benitez's side go third in the Premier League table and back in the driving seat for a top-four finish. But following Luis Suarez's late, late equalizer to make it 2-2, the pendulum continues to swing.

The Blues have every right to feel aggrieved at dropping two points in this fixture. Not only did the equalizing goal come in the seventh minute of injury time—a minute over the allocated six—it was scored by a player who should have not been on the pitch.

Suarez appeared to bite Branislav Ivanovic earlier in the second half, but with the alleged assault going unnoticed by referee Kevin Friend, he remained on the field of play to dent Chelsea's Champions League qualification hopes.

It had looked so good for the Blues, too. Oscar had put them ahead in the first half with a superbly executed header from Juan Mata's corner, and while Daniel Sturridge scored against his former club to make it 1-1, Eden Hazard's penalty on 57 minutes put Chelsea back in control.

They only have themselves to blame, though, after failing to close the game out and dropping points at such a vital stage. With matches against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton on the horizon, their place in the Premier League's top four is by no means certain.

Let's assess the contribution of the Chelsea players at Anfield on Sunday.

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