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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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