Liverpool player ratings v Chelsea as Salah fails to hit top gear in draw

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A late strike from Daniel Sturridge salvaged a point for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard gave the hosts the lead on Saturday with a fine finish in the 25th minute.

It looked like the Blues would hold out for the win but Sturridge came off the bench to score a brilliant equaliser in the thrilling encounter.

Here, we rate the performances of the Liverpool players.

STARTING XI

Alisson Becker – Did well to even get a hand to Hazard’s opener while denying the Belgian in a one-on-one later on after similarly thwarting Willian during the early exchanges. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Got forward down the right and created a few openings with his passes through for Mohamed Salah. Struggled to keep track of Hazard down his side though. 6

Joe Gomez – Couldn’t get close to Hazard for the opener. Worked hard otherwise and showed great discipline while also making some neat interceptions. 7

Virgil van Dijk – Marshalled the defence well, commanding the back-line. Was almost given the slip by Hazard on one occasion but kept Olivier Giroud quiet while winning eight aerial duels. 7

Andrew Robertson – Early mistake to let Willian in but was much better after that. Whipped in a superb cross for Xherdan Shaqiri who should’ve scored the equaliser. 6

Georginio Wijnaldum – A subdued performance from the Dutchman. Was sloppy on a couple of occasions and nearly let Alvaro Morata in with a loose back-pass. 5

Jordan Henderson – Worked hard and closed down the opposition well but had little impact on the game when in possession. Was replaced when the Reds needed to push forward for the equaliser. 5

James Milner – Another energetic display from the Englishman. Hooked the ball into the box for Roberto Firmino late on who was denied with a clearance off the line. 6

Mohamed Salah – This was nearly a good performance from the Egyptian. He did a lot right but the final pass or finish proved to be elusive. Was denied with a clearance off the line after rounding Kepa. 6

Roberto Firmino – He was the creator in the final third again, playing three key passes while being denied a goal of his own by David Luiz’s intervention on the line. 7

Sadio Mane – Proved to be a slippery customer at times and threatened with his pace but lost the ball too often and lacked composure in good positions. 6

SUBS

Xherdan Shaqiri – Should’ve made an instant impact off the bench but put a glorious chance wide. Laid the ball off for Sturridge to pick up an assist though. 6

Naby Keita – Replaced Henderson and provided more thrust from midfield, driving forward and committing Chelsea players. N/A

Daniel Sturridge – Was only on for the last five minutes but stole the headlines with a sensational strike into the top corner to salvage a point. N/A

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Eden Hazard between the lines a key tactic for Chelsea ahead of Liverpool clash

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Following an entertaining encounter in the Carabao Cup third round, fans will be treated to another clash between Chelsea and Liverpool, this time at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, on Saturday.

The Blues emerged with a 2-1 victory to dump Jurgen Klopp’s side out of the domestic competition with Eden Hazard taking the plaudits after an incredible winning goal at Anfield.

Here, we look at the key tactics Maurizio Sarri could employ to get the better of Klopp again.

Check out Liverpool’s key tactics here.

PASSING THROUGH THE PRESS

Liverpool’s style of play is built on the foundation laid by Klopp’s gegenpressing strategy.

Winning the ball high up the pitch and attacking in the transition is key, but Sarri’s philosophy is in direct opposition to that. He insists his that his teams play out from the back.

The two centre-backs split wide, allowing Jorginho (or Cesc Fabregas in midweek) to drop deep and receive the ball. Meanwhile, the full-backs position themselves higher up in their own half and hug the touchline. This creates three triangles for passing options usually conducted by the defensive midfielder.

When executed correctly, it can break through Liverpool’s two lines of pressing and giving them a clear run at their defence.

HAZARD MOVES INSIDE

With Liverpool focused on working hard to prevent Chelsea from passing their way through their pressing game, a vast space opens up between their midfield and defence.

That’s precisely what happened in the second half of the Carabao Cup clash which prompted Sarri to introduce Eden Hazard.

The Belgian had a field day with the space he was afforded when drifting in from the left and receiving the ball between the lines. His phenomenal dribbling and close control saw him wreak havoc, scoring a sensational winner at the end of a mazy run.

Getting the ball to him is a challenge when Liverpool press with intensity. But if one of the midfielders can thread a ball through to him or find him with a lobbed pass, he can take care of the rest.

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Mohamed Salah can increase Liverpool's threat in behind to take down Chelsea

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Following an entertaining encounter in the Carabao Cup third round, fans will be treated to another clash between Chelsea and Liverpool, this time at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, on Saturday.

The Blues emerged with a 2-1 victory to dump Jurgen Klopp’s side out of the domestic competition with Eden Hazard taking the plaudits after an incredible winning goal at Anfield.

Here, we look at the key tactics Klopp could employ to get the better of Maurizio Sarri this time.

Check out Chelsea’s key tactics here.

MARKING JORGINHO

Liverpool allowed Cesc Fabregas too much time and space during the first half of their defeat at Anfield. The Spaniard was able to dictate play and regularly got the attack moving by finding Cesar Azpilicueta on the touchline or playing a quick pass through to Ross Barkley between the lines.

Klopp ensured Fabinho got closer to the playmaker in the second period and it was effective as Liverpool were afforded two one-on-one scenarios with Willy Caballero, stemming from Chelsea’s mistakes as a result. Jorginho should start in that role this time around and the Reds must exert that sort of pressure on him.

THREAT IN BEHIND

Sadio Mane was the only representative of Liverpool’s famous front three who started in the cup clash. Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri are by no means sluggish, but the attack still lacked a bit of zip and movement in the absence of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Chelsea employ a dangerously high line and Mane was able to get in behind on a number of occasions, but the threat could’ve been doubled had Salah been operating on the opposite flank as well. Firmino’s movement is equally crucial, though.

While Sturridge offers a different dimension in attack and is more of a goalscorer, the Brazilian has a knack for pulling defenders out of position and linking up play to get the best out of Mane and Salah.

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