Player grades from Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
The Chelsea players’ individual grades for the draw against Liverpool are as follows.
Kepa: 7 – Made a fantastic save to deny Mane and his distribution was excellent. Had he been taller he may have reached the shot that went in but that is hardly his fault.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 – Uncomfortable on the ball especially when high up the pitch. Not in good form.
Antonio Rudiger: 7 – Got back brilliantly to clear off the line after recognizing the danger of Salah bearing down on Kepa. The complete defender.
David Luiz: 6 – Failed to get goal side of his man on several occasions. But his passing from the back was absolutely outstanding. That alone gives him a good argument to play every week.
Marcos Alonso: 8 – King of this week’s grades. His best defensive performance I can remember. He was consistently excellent in a game in which he was often exposed one on one with Salah or at the back post defending a two vs one.
Jorginho: 8 – The maestro was superb in possession. The Blues are lucky to have him and owe him so much.
N’Golo Kante: 7 – His passing was improved today as he set Hazard free in space with some lovely balls. His pressing was invaluable in keeping Liverpool at bay.
Mateo Kovacic: 7 – He tired and was correctly taken off but the team suffered as a result. Excellent pass for the goal and was diligent in his defensive duties.
Willian: 6 – Slows the play a little too much and needs to run in behind more. But he was fairly tidy in possession.
Eden Hazard: 7 – Scored with another excellent finish but will be disappointed he could not beat Alisson one on one in the second half.
Olivier Giroud: 6 – Is significantly better than Morata in retaining possession but his lack of space does limit the attack at times.