Chelsea player ratings vs Liverpool: Kovacic collector’s item, Rudiger AWOL, Chalobah shows resolve

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Chelsea and Liverpool shared a thrilling 2-2 draw at Sunday - but the result sees both sides lose more ground on Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

James Robson was at Stamford Bridge to assess Chelsea’s players...

Edouard Mendy 7

Will not be happy about getting beaten at his near post for Salah’s stunning first half strike – but let down by his defence in the first half. Great save denied Salah after the break.

Trevoh Chalobah 6

Made a big mistake for Mane’s opener, but recovered well after that horror moment. Crucial challenge denied Salah later.

Thiago Silva 7

Some important interceptions from him at times when Liverpool looked capable of over-running Chelsea.

Toni Rudiger 6

Went AWOL for Salah’s goal. Spent periods when it felt like he could lose it at any time.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6

Got a forearm smash from Mane in the opening minute. Struggled with the pace of Liverpool’s attacks at times, but stuck in there.

N’Golo Kante 8

Grew into the game after Liverpool had dominated midfield early on. Provided the assist for Pulisic and had Liverpool on the back foot with his pressing runs after the break.

Mateo Kovacic 8

An absolute collector’s item got Chelsea back into the game in spectacular fashion. Unusually for him, he had problems dealing with Liverpool’s intensity at times, but got stronger as the game went on.

Marcos Alonso 6

Beaten far too easily by Salah for the Egyptian’s goal – even if he did well to make up the ground left by Rudiger. His free kick led to Kovacic’s strike.

Mason Mount 6

Not as influential as usual as he struggled to get beyond Liverpool’s back line. Came close with a first half effort that just went past the post.

Kai Havertz 6

Wonderful pressing set Pulisic up for a glorious early chance – and another break led to Mount’s best opportunity. Did not look like scoring himself.

Christian Pulisic 7

Should have done so much better when one-on-one with Kelleher early on, but made up for it with his goal. Chelsea’s most dangerous attacker until moved to wingback.

Substitutes

Jorginho (Chalobah, 70’) 6

Chelsea got more control of midfield after he came on.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Havertz’ 79) 5

His speed frightened Liverpool when legs were tired.

Unused: Arrizabalaga, Saul, Barkley, Ziyech, Sarr, Vale, Hall

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