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

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Mohamed Salah

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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