Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

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<span>Photograph: MIchael Zemanek/Shutterstock</span>
Photograph: MIchael Zemanek/Shutterstock

Chelsea midfielders N’Golo Kanté, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic impress while Mohamed Salah showcases his brilliance


Chelsea 3-4-2-1

Edouard Mendy Powerless when Liverpool swept into a 2-0 lead, but he still made some stunning saves. 8

Trevoh Chalobah Did well to settle down after giving away Liverpool’s opener. Had made a nervy start. 5

Thiago Silva The Brazilian veteran initially looked uneasy after returning from injury, but he gradually took control. 6

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Antonio Rüdiger Exposed by Alonso, he got tighter to Salah and sparked the move for Chelsea’s equaliser. 7

César Azpilicueta Nowhere near as attacking as Reece James in this role, but his effort was admirable. 6

N’Golo Kanté At times it seemed he was holding Chelsea’s midfield together on his own. Created Pulisic’s goal. 8

Mateo Kovacic Dragged Chelsea back into it with an astonishing volley. Why doesn’t the Croatian shoot more? 8

Marcos Alonso The absence of Ben Chilwell was felt again. Salah gleefully exposed Alonso’s lack of pace. 5

Mason Mount Bright and energetic, he kept looking for an opening. Almost scored with a hooked volley. 7

Christian Pulisic Tentative with an early chance, but he was ruthless when he ran through to equalise. 7

Kai Havertz Replaced Romelu Lukaku and pressed well. Could not get into goalscoring positions though. 6

Substitutes: Jorginho (for Chalobah 69) 6; Callum Hudson-Odoi (for Havertz 80) 6.

Liverpool 4-3-3

Caoimhin Kelleher Alisson’s deputy could do nothing about Chelsea’s goals. He did not let anyone down. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold As contradictory as ever. A beautiful assist for Salah was accompanied by some ropey defending. 6

Virgil van Dijk He has not looked the same since his injury. He was vulnerable against Chelsea’s speed. 5

Ibrahima Konaté Did not impress after stepping in for Joël Matip. Liverpool’s defence lacked poise under pressure. 5

Kostas Tsimikas Threatened on the overlap, but he had his hands full as the game wore on. 6

Fabinho Liverpool needed him to provide security when the game became chaotic. Good battle with Mount. 7

Jordan Henderson The Liverpool captain was often unconvincing in possession. Lacked control but offered plenty of running. 6

James Milner Gave away the free-kick that led to Kovacic’s goal. Off the pace before going off. 5

Mohamed Salah His goal underlined how much Liverpool will miss him while he is away with Egypt. 9

Diogo Jota His pass led to Mané’s goal and Chelsea struggled to track his movement. A menace. 7

Sadio Mané Got away with a booking for elbowing Azpilicueta and took advantage by punishing Chalobah’s error. 8

Substitutes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Jota 69) 6; Naby Keïta (for Milner 69) 6; Curtis Jones (for Mané) 6.

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