Sturridge (58‘) // Emerson (79’), Hazard 85’)
THE UNDEFEATED HAVE BEEN CONQUERED.
Liverpool’s unbeaten run ended as Chelsea bagged two late goals to overturn the deficit.
Chelsea were arguably the better side first half, though Liverpool had the better of the chances. The score remained goalless, but Daniel Sturridge had a golden chance seconds into the second half as he rounded the ‘keeper before losing his balance and dragging his shot wide.
He made amends, though, as Naby Keïta’s shot was parried into his path, and he leapt in the air to steer his overhead kick home.
Chelsea turned to Eden Hazard, who made the impact. A dubious free kick was given, and Ross Barkley was marginally offside – a fact that the VAR ignored – but headed the ball down. A strong hand from Simon Mignolet kept the first effort out but Emerson was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.
It was the substitute who got the winner, as Hazard slipped through Liverpool’s side, past Keïta, past Fabinho and past Moreno, before firing one into the net.
Liverpool had a couple of late chances but were unable to convert them, which was very much the story of the game.
Simon Mignolet- 7/10
Wasn’t really bad. Mind you, we spent £65m on a dead good dead handsome goalkeeper so I’d quite like to start him every game, if it’s all the same to you, Jürgen.
Nathaniel Clyne- 6.5/10
Was solid enough defensively, apart from one late on where Hazard was in oceans of space and Clyne was nowhere to be found. Lacking going forward though, and he didn’t offer the overlap.
Joel Matip- 6/10
Think he’s shite. A great big skinny bag of shite. Left Morato in oceans of space in the first half.
Dejan Lovren- 7/10
Was alright. Looked decidedly pre-van Dijk but then so would you playing next in between these two divvies.
Alberto Moreno- 5/10
Got absolutely rinsed by Moses all night. Attacking wise he wasn’t much use either, and didn’t offer the overlap. My hot take of the game is that the fullbacks is where the game was lost, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold offer so going both ways and help pen opponents in, something these two fullbacks couldn’t do.
James Milner- 7/10
Think he was alright, can’t really say I noticed him too much in a negative or positive way.
Highlighted why Klopp’s been leaving him out thus far. Looked off the pace in the first half, and most of his tackles were late. Grew into in the second and showed signs of promise. There’s a player there, but he needs time.
And then he gets up so quickly and is still composed enough to play an accurate pass to finish off the job.
It wasn't his best performance and is not ready yet, but it's clear once he will adapt, Liverpool will have some player in their hands. https://t.co/4SFwN3frOF
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) September 27, 2018
Naby Keïta- 7/10
Started well, picking the ball up deep and carrying it forward. Had a good effort on goal well saved. Think he faded as the game went on.
Sadio Mané- 7/10
Wasn’t his usual lively self. Was probably missing his Scottish pal. Was unlucky to not score with an effort that was saved off their ‘keeper’s heel.
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Daniel Sturridge- 7/10
Generally did alright. Missed a golden chance but stuck away a harder one. Each and every one of you slagging him off can fucking cop for that.
Xherdan Shaqiri- 7/10
Think he was probably Liverpool’s brightest spark. Mind you, he should’ve had a shot when he was in the box on his own.
Jordan Henderson- 7/10
Ran on. Was alright. Got booked for volleying Hazard, which I rate, and played some cracking balls.
Roberto Firmino- N/A
Ran on. Did a bit.
Mohamed Salah- N/A
What was the point?