The run of poor results at Anfield comes to an end. The Reds held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in a hard fought contest that really could’ve gone either way had one or two moments swung in the opposition’s favour. Jack Hallows has done his player ratings and they’re a far cry better than recent weeks. 

Simon Mignolet: 7 – The Belgian was just doing a standard Mignolet performance really. Should’ve been far more aware from Chelsea’s free kick and had some further heart in mouth moments but ultimately kept the scores level with a penalty save from Diego Costa.

Nathaniel Clyne: 8 – Didn’t just keep Eden Hazard quiet but entirely out of the game for much of his time on the field. Didn’t get forward huge amounts but looked as if he was under instruction not to in a bid to keep things as tight at the back as possible.

Joel Matip: 6.5 – Not the best from the Cameroonian who, despite showing off his classy passing range and some solid tackles, did concede a penalty in the second half. Will, of course, take a few matches to get back into full flow after such a lengthy layoff.

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Dejan Lovren: 6.5 – Again, not a fantastic performance from the Croatian who continues to personify the Jekyll and Hyde style footballer. Made a couple of good interceptions and blocks but was caught out a couple of times when choosing the wrong moments to step up.

James Milner: 6 – Looked tired and limited for much of the second half, going to ground far too often and being beaten regularly with ease by both Pedro and Willian. Got involved further forward with his involvement in the goal.

Jordan Henderson: 8 – Showcased a few moments of aimless passes forward in a desperate bid for forward runners but overall the captain was fantastic. A late last ditch tackle on Pedro prevented the game from slipping away from the Reds and he was superb at breaking up play throughout.

Gini Wijnaldum: 8.5 (Man of the Match) – Exactly a month after he won Liverpool the game here at Anfield with a header against Manchester City, the Dutchman rescued the Reds a point with another one. Recycled possession well and got far more involved going forward, stinging Courtois’ palms with an early effort from distance.

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Emre Can: 6.5 – Was a better showing than he’s put in during recent weeks but still nowhere near his best. Did very well defensively, especially during the period between the half hour and hour mark where he didn’t allow Kante or Matic to settle.

 

Adam Lallana: 7 – Pressed relentlessly and gave his all throughout his time on the pitch but just couldn’t find the final pass. Probably one of his more impressive performances when played in the front three, however.

Philippe Coutinho: 6 – Looked sluggish and sloppy for the entirety of the first half, improving only marginally after the break. Failed to have the influence that Klopp would’ve liked on the match.

Roberto Firmino: 6 – Gets an extra half mark for his superb pressure applied on the likes of Cahill and Azpilicueta, resulting in a number of skewed clearances. Was guilty of missing two huge chances, however, nodding one straight down Courtois’ throat and sending another high up into the Kop when all he had to do was control it and slip into the far corner.

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Substitutes:

Sadio Mané: 6.5 – Injected an outlet into the Reds front three with his pace but failed to find a moment of true magic, which in fairness, was probably to be expected considering he arrived on Merseyside little more than 24 hours before the fixture.

Divock Origi: N/A – Why does Klopp bring him on with two minutes to go so often?

Manager:

Jürgen Klopp: 7 – Loses a mark for not being a little more proactive with his bench. I understand his thought process in that the German saw his side get a goal and perhaps didn’t want to disrupt the flow too soon after but Mané, Origi and Sturridge are all capable of winning you a game on their day. Waiting constantly until after the 75th minute to even consider your options is Klopp’s only real glaring fault as a manager.

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