A step forward for the Reds as their league losing streak was ended, but not quite enough of an improvement as Liverpool drew 0-0 with Chelsea. Here are the player ratings for the match:
Player Ratings: Defence
Alisson Becker – 7 (out of 10)– Man of the Match
After the visitors threatened the first few times from set plays, he made a wonderful stop on his line to deny Badiashile and was particularly dominant in the air.
He was quick off the line and performed what he needed to do.
His first league clean sheet since October, when he faced West Ham.
James Milner – 6
Crossing was dubious to say the least. But he performed admirably defensively in the few one-on-ones he faced in the first half.
As soon as Mudryk entered the game, there was an apparent issue with pace. And he accepted the early booking as a welcome to the Premier League. Got away with it a little since the Ukrainian had two opportunities off crosses behind him before Milly was substituted.
Ibrahima Konate – 7
In the first half, he mostly dealt with Havertz and performed effectively out of the back.
Constantly in position to make critical and vital interceptions, as well as a solid overall performance.
At times, he followed Havertz out to middle and gave up a couple fouls to guarantee there was no rushing in behind him.
Joe Gomez – 7
Early on, he was a touch loose and careless on the ball, like a few of his colleagues, and committed some unnecessary fouls, putting the Reds under pressure.
But he also regained ground fast, was strong in the air, and came out of defence swiftly in the second half to put pressure on Chelsea.
Defended effectively twice in the box against Gallagher. And went on one Matip-style adventure before making a crucial block on Ziyech’s shot.
Andy Robertson – 6
With his dashing rushes down the wing, he was the only meaningful outlet in the first half.
This was good because he played at speed and made some brilliant exchanges to generate space. But it was also awful since his last ball was often overhit or misplaced. Though he almost sneaked in to score as well.
Player Ratings: Midfield
Stefan Bajcetic – 5
With one first-half turn, the youngster drew cheers from the audience. But it was generally tough going for the youngster, who persevered despite being booked. Subbed.
Naby Keita – 5
When it comes to getting Liverpool going forward and timing both passing and tackling, he’s a little timid. However, a good pass brought up Salah’s chance, and one attempt was stopped. Subbed.
Thiago Alcantara – 6
While not everything went as planned, the Spaniard was eager to add some speed to the game. In midfield, Tigerish.
Player Ratings: Attack
Mohamed Salah – 6
Set up one chance for Gakpo, but Liverpool didn’t use him enough against the defensively-reticent Cucurella. Curled one more time.
Cody Gakpo – 6
Over with two crazy shots in the first half and being a little bit peripheral. Albeit holding the ball up effectively at times. After the break and shot and turn at Kepa, he became more engaged. Subbed.
Harvey Elliott – 5
He could not have the same impression on the left as on the opposing wing in midweek. For a portion of the second half, he was moved to midfield. Subbed.
Darwin Nunez – 6
The Uruguayan introduced some ferocity to Liverpool’s offensive, forcing Kepa into action.