Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Live Player Ratings for Blues and Reds

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea is challenged by Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday to open up a four-point gap between the two sides.

Martin Skrtel scored early on before Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o turned things around before the break. Eto'o could easily have conceded a penalty, missed by referee Howard Webb, while Mamadou Sakho hit the bar for Liverpool.

The game ended with Oscar and Lucas in a bit of a scrap as the two teams fought for the points.

Chelsea Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Cech67
Ivanovic66
Cahill77
Terry88
Azpilicueta67
Luiz88
Lampard77
Willian89
Oscar65
Hazard76
Eto'o76
Colen/a6
Mikeln/a6
Torresn/a7
b/r
Liverpool Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Mignolet67
Johnson53
Skrtel55
Agger67
Sakho66
Lucas55
Allen78
Henderson67
Sterling67
Coutinho54
Suarez67
Smithn/a6
Aspasn/a6
Touren/a6
b/r

First half

CHELSEA—

Cech: Not too overworked, made a good save from Allen though.

Ivanovic: Off injured early.

Azpilicueta: Made some good supporting runs outside of Willian and Hazard down the left, troubled by Sterling early on.

Terry: Has bossed everything on the ground so far.

Cahill: Excellent penalty area tackle to deny Allen.

Luiz: Good control of the ball in the middle and getting space around the Reds midfield.

Lampard: Almost scored a cracker and is keeping the ball moving well.

Willian: Wonderful work-rate combined to good technique makes him an excellent all-rounder.

Hazard: Biggest threat on the park and great goal.

Oscar: Quiet so far but picking dangerous positions.

Eto'o: Lucky perhaps to be on the pitch after an early foul but good movement for the goal.

Cole: Not much to do since coming on.

 

LIVERPOOL—

Mignolet: Great early save tempered by poor attempt at saving Eto'o's goal.

Johnson: Not at the races once again.

Agger: Started shakily at left-back but has gotten better and tracking well.

Skrtel: Other than the early goal has been beaten far too easily including for Chelsea's second goal.

Sakho: Strong in the tackle but movement from attackers causing Liverpool problems.

Lucas: Conceding the usual fouls and has not protected spaces in front of defence.

Allen: Doing well to support attack but maybe should have scored.

Henderson: Suffering after early knock to knee. Liverpool not keeping ball well enough in midfield.

Coutinho: Too individualistic on the ball, needs to keep it quicker and more simple.

Sterling: Looks a threat with his pace but final decision could be better.

Suarez: Being kept quiet so dropping deeper to receive ball. No chances on goal yet.

 

Second half

CHELSEA—

Cech: Made a good save or two and took most aerial balls well.

Azpilicueta: Dealt well with the threat down his side of the pitch.

Cole: Tested by Sterling and rarely got forward. Seemed to take a while to catch the pace of the game.

Terry: Strong in defence, rarely beaten.

Cahill: Awful challenge on Suarez aside, he was steady and quick to repel danger.

Luiz: Held his ground in the middle and played some good balls out wide.

Mikel: Not too heavily involved and couldn't really keep track of Henderson's movement.

Willian: Did great work the entire length of the pitch. Unlucky not to see better finishes from his dribbles and crosses at times.

Hazard: Really faded after the break after a strong first half.

Oscar: Not in the game enough, created little.

Eto'o: Should have had a stonewall penalty against him. Missed a good chance early in the half.

Torres: One good dribble and shot, but short time on the pitch.

 

LIVERPOOL—

Mignolet: Made another good save and distributed the ball well.

Johnson: Largely appalling all game, so slow on the ball and lost possession a number of times.

Agger: Liverpool's best defender of the game despite being out of position.

Skrtel: Strong in the challenge but positionally exposed and committed too many fouls.

Sakho: Looking aggressive as usual and good on the ball but injured and will face a few weeks out now.

Lucas: Recycled the ball far better in the second half but still caught in possession too often.

Allen: Was doing well until injured in an impressive box-to-box role.

Henderson: A bit off the necessary level of quality today, but kept the Reds' play going.

Coutinho: Had a poor game, very little came off for him.

Sterling: Liverpool's biggest threat but didn't get involved often enough in the second half.

Suarez: Dragged his team back into the game by causing problems for Chelsea and winning free kicks—and should have had a penalty.

Smith: The debutant understandably struggled to get involved and will have far easier games to experience than this one.

Aspas: Did nothing in his time on the pitch.

Toure: Played only in injury time.