Chelsea played well and dominated the game offensively by creating chances to beat the Reds at Anfield. Chelsea played with decent consistency and were good value for the win.
Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in a famous Chelsea win last season cost The Reds the 13-14 EPL title. But Saturday was not the day when Liverpool emerged from their bad dream.
Here are the ratings of Chelsea players and Chelsea’s Player of the Match against Liverpool :
Thibaut Courtois: 6/10
He had absolutely no trouble dealing with a tough looking shot from Sterling. The goal that was conceded was via an unfortunate deflection off Gary Cahill. His distribution was sometimes a bit inaccurate in an otherwise sound performance.
Branislav Ivanovic: 6/10
Ivanovic was solid and rampant on the day. He had great control over Sterling, but he got booked for holding back the lad when he was breaking away. He was a tower of strength at Right Back.
Gary Cahill: 7/10
Cahill’s unfortunate deflection led to the first goal. He was influential in the opposition box as well as he scored the equalizer under crazy circumstances. He was lucky not to concede a penalty when he leaned into the ball to an average shot by Gerrard.
John Terry: 8/10
He controlled the defence and had no troubles in dealing with Mario Balotelli. His presence in attacking set pieces, as well as the defensive ones, was key for Chelsea’s solidity. The Captain had a good day in the office.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 8.5/10
He had a handful to deal when Coutinho ran at him and the midfield. His dominance in that position was strong as he was up to all challenges put up on the left flank. He marauded forward cleverly to set up Diego Costa for the winner with a dangerous delivery into the box.
Nemanja Matic: 8/10
He was closely marked by the Liverpool midfield, but he soon overcome the early issues by dominating his opponents. He was well appreciated by Mourinho for his consistent performances.
Cesc Fabregas: 6.5/10
He kept the passes rolling in midfield. He had an average game. He was able to create space in central areas by dragging his markers away and allowing Hazard and Oscar some space. He was relatively quiet and suffering from a knock in his thighs apparently.
Eden Hazard: 8/10
He was there in all the build ups as he got space and time to hurt Liverpool. He failed to convert two clear chances but even then; he was a terror for the defence.
He took the mantle from Fabregas and dominated the game brilliantly. His passes were brilliant and creative along with his desire for the game. He’s in fine form and does deserve the new five-year deal.
Had an average game as he ran about closing Liverpool down. He was lucky not to get booked for an elbow on Sterling in a confusing incident where Sterling blocked him and also got booked.
Diego Costa: 8.5/10
He was a handful challenge for burly Martin Skrtel. He kept challenging him physically as well as kept winding him up. He produced a sublime finish when the team needed it. This game marked a great return to fitness for Costa.
Didier Drogba: N/A
Filipe Luis: N/A
Only he made an impact from the subs. He got decent playing time, and he occupied the right midfield with Fabregas allowed more time and space. A decent game for the Brazilian.