In the Premier League era, Liverpool’s record at Stamford Bridge is sketchy at best. Wins in West London are always tough to come by, but Jürgen Klopp’s men ground out an important 2-1 victory on a wet Sunday afternoon.
Set-piece goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino saw the away side take a two-goal lead, while César Azpilicueta had a strike ruled out by VAR at the other end.
Liverpool started the second half comfortably, but after N’golo Kanté expertly found the top corner for Chelsea, the Reds had a nervy last few minutes trying to hold on and secure all three points.
A win is a win, though, and I was on hand for individual ratings as Klopp’s side regained their five-point lead at the top of the table. But first – here’s a reminder of my rating system.
Adrián 8 – A couple of superb saves, including one from an offside Marcos Alonso, and was generally assured with the ball at his feet, as well.
Trent 8 – Unbelievable opening goal and very assured defensively – even if Chelsea’s greater threat came down the Liverpool right. Man of the Match.
Matip 7.5 – Very solid for most parts, but let Batshuayi run free for a big chance late on.
Virgil 7.5 – Offered a few defensive masterclasses early on when seeing balls out of play, but didn’t impose quite the same colossal presence we have come to expect as the reds hung on.
Robbo 8 – Delightful delivery for Firmino’s header, huge defensive performance second half. Answered the critics – if any did actually exist – perfectly.
Henderson 7 – Misplaced quite a few passes but it was still very surprising to see him taken off as Liverpool looked to see the game out.
Fabinho 7.5 – Imperious first half,. Possibly let Kanté turn him too easily for the Chelsea response, though.
Gini 6 – Quiet.
Mo 6 – Lacked any end product, even if he was a constant danger – as always.
Bobby 7.5 – Constant livewire, good headed finish when left completely unmarked. Not quite at the level he set last week, but the best of Liverpool’s front three on the day.
Mané 6 – Never quite got going, although one delightful pass across to Salah should have led to a big chance.
Milner 7 – Conceded a dangerous free kick within minutes of coming on, but looked to add some defensive energy.
Lallana 6.5 – No idea why he was brought on to see out a lead, but did nothing to let himself down, in fairness.
Gomez N/A – The substitution wasted a few seconds.