Truly terrible, this was.
In some of the previous losses at home in this unprecedented run of five consecutive defeats at Anfield for Liverpool FC, there have at least been positives.
But here, Chelsea arrived on Merseyside and were the best team for 90 minutes. Liverpool looked nervy defensively, lacking in spark and less physical and energetic than their visitors.
A horror show, in all honesty, with some quite ridiculous substitutions.
Ali 6 – Still lacking in confidence on the ball post-Manchester City. Decent late save, though.
Trent 6.5 – Couple of promising-looking balls in behind. Does feel like Liverpool rely on their 22-year-old right-back to create something out of nothing a little too much. Out of position for the Mason Mount goal but did have every right to move forward with the attack.
Fabs 6 – Some decent interventions, but the Brazilian was not covered in glory for the match-winner, and it seemed generally evident that he was not fully match sharp. Understandable considering his time on the sidelines.
OK 5.5 – Just does not look to be a very intelligent defender. Rarely seems aware of any movement around him. Has a lot to learn.
Robbo 6 – Almost snuck in a couple of times early on. Fortunate when adjudged to have not played Werner onside for what should – let’s be honest, and unbiased – have been Chelsea’s first opener.
Gini 5.5 – Had a header late on that was never going in. Remember a 50/50 with Kanté at one point, too.Embed from Getty Images
ThiaGOAT 6.5 – Actually played some incisive passes that might have led to an inroad back into the game. And yet was strangely hooked.
Mo 6.5 – The even more baffling substitution. Liverpool’s greatest first-half threat – and top scorer – dragged off on the hour.
Bobby 5.5 – As untidy as he was sluggish for the most part, giving away the ball in the build-up to the Chelsea goal, and hardly even pressuring the Chelsea defence. Moved slightly better as the game progressed and did well down the left when Kabak could not find a final touch, but Liverpool need to seriously consider the future of their No.9.
CJ 5 – As good as he was on Sunday, Jones was bad here. Pressing haywire and decision making seriously poor.
Sadio 6 – Most involved of the front three, but his end-product looks miles off at the moment. Air kicked when Salah sent him through on goal at 0-0.
Diogo 6.5 – The Reds’ best player while he was on the pitch, even in his first 30 minutes after three months out…
Ox 6 – I do not understand the rationale in bringing him on for Mo Salah.
Milly 6 – Why? What was the purpose?
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