'Off the scale': Pat Nevin raves about how good £150,000-a-week Chelsea player was in yesterday's display

Pat Nevin was left raving about the quality of Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic after yesterday’s display in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

Kovacic, 27, dropped a masterclass in Sunday’s Premier League instant classic at Stamford Bridge.

The £150,000-a-week midfielder scored a stunning volley from the edge of the box during the contest, as the Blues kickstarted 2022 with a point at home to Liverpool.

The Croatian now has two goals and five assists in just 13 league appearances this season. However, his all-action display saw him impact the game all over the park and his goal was just the tip of the iceberg.

Nevin waxed lyrical about the 27-year-old in his post-match analysis of the Chelsea result:

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

“Watching how much he’s grown as a player while he’s been here at this club is stunning,” Nevin said.

“The other thing he gives us is he breaks lines. The goal was absolutely fantastic.

“There were a couple of times around 70 minutes and you’re watching going ‘you’re having a laugh mate’.

“He’s doing certain things that nobody else is doing… I thought he was off the scale today.”

Similarly, Gary Neville was applauding Kovacic on Sky Sports for his weekend performance.

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Best Chelsea midfield?

For Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, he’s got the luxury of three genuine top-class central midfielders.

Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are Blues midfielders that any club in the world would want. It would be great if the trio could all stay fit together for the entire season, though.

A Kovacic-Kante pivot was so effective against Liverpool and is perhaps the most pleasing combination on the eye.

However, Jorginho’s so effective in certain games controlling the ball and he did enter the action from the bench late on.

Tuchel can pick and choose the starting pair to suit each fixture. The Kovacic-Kante mix is the most entertaining to watch, but Jorginho can work so well alongside either, too.

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