Liverpool Player Ratings vs Chelsea (August 28, 2021)

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on August 28, 2021

Liverpool faced their first big challenge of the Premier League season as they face the European Champions Chelsea in a must-win game to get an edge in the title race.

They ended up having to share points with a 10-man Chelsea side after an entertaining 1-1 draw. After starting the game strongly, the Reds fell behind in the 21st minute because of an exquisite looping header from Kai Havertz giving the visitors a surprising lead. 

But the Reds found the equalizer in rather dramatic fashion after receiving a penalty minutes before half-time due to an intentional hand-ball from Reece James – who was also sent off. Mo Salah blasted in the penalty to make it 1-1, making for a fascinating contest in the second half. 

Liverpool tried, tried and tried to get the winner in the second half – but just weren’t able to score past the superb Edouard Mendy on the day. If he wasn’t there, it could’ve been a huge win for the Reds.

It’ll probably be disappointing for Jurgen Klopp & co to not get a win over a 10-man Chelsea, but considering how early the season still is, it’s perhaps not the worst result in the world either. 

Here are Liverpool player ratings vs Chelsea for August 28, 2021.

Liverpool Player Ratings vs Chelsea

Manager

Jurgen Klopp (6.0) – 

Klopp went with his strongest XI (at least on paper) for this one and had his side really motivated to go at Chelsea’s throats from the get-go. However, his nostalgic decision to start Firmino over Jota backfired and forced him to make that change even before half-time.

His side just weren’t clinical enough to get the win on the day, despite actually producing some exciting soccer. They also looked a bit cautious on occasions because of Chelsea’s counter-attacking threat. This probably feels like two points dropped for Klopp, who needs to help his side become more ruthless to stay afloat in the title race. 

Goalkeeper

Alisson (6.5) –

Alisson sees his clean sheet streak broken early in the goal, but could’ve maybe done better to tip over Havertz’s looping header had he positioned himself better – even though it was difficult to predict that. Relatively untested after that but makes a sharp save to deny Kovacic in the 84th. 

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.0) –

Alexander-Arnold looks dangerous from the get-go and sent in a pitch-perfect cross into Henderson’s path in the 9th and unfortunate not to get an assist for that. Continued to create chances with his crosses and almost got a goal, when his thunderous shot was saved in the 85th.

Trent owned his right side, not allowing Chelsea to mount attacks through that and keeping Alonso quiet too. He created 5 goal-scoring chances, progressed the ball forward brilliantly and very unlucky not to be rewarded for his heroics. 

Virgil Van Dijk (7.5) –

Van Dijk faces a daunting task against Chelsea’s record signing Lukaku, but looks very confident at the back. Won all the key duels against Lukaku in the first half, frustrating him. Nearly scored an insane long-ranger after attempting one from 35 yards out in the 52nd, forcing a sharp save. Kept his composure against the bullish Lukaku and did not let him have any real influence in the game. 

Joel Matip (5.5) – 

Matip is having issues dealing with the pace of the game and is often going out of position, leaving his defence vulnerable. Not only was his defending underwhelming, but Matip also missed two open tap-ins from close range minutes before half-time. Lucky that LFC got a penalty second afterwards. 

Despite having a shaky game, Matip kinda redeems himself with a brilliant block to deny Lukaku in the 64th. Recovered well in the second half after a very shaky first half. 

Andy Robertson (7.0) – 

Robbo is back from injury just in time for the big one. Making some good runs down the left but not exactly as creative as he normally is. Started getting really active in the second half and forced a super save from Edouard Mendy with a thunderous attempt in the 60th.

Robbo’s delivery in the second half was really good and helped create a number of chances – as he’s starting to show signs of his old self. Subbed late on, maybe cause of fitness concerns. 

Midfielders

Fabinho (6.5) –

Fabinho returns for this clash and is rattling Chelsea’s defenders with his crunching challenges. Almost scored a sweet goal from outside the box in the 59th, but his well-placed shot was saved really well. Helped his side control the midfield battle, move the ball forward smoothly and did a pretty nice job in his deeper role. 

Jordan Henderson (7.0) – 

Hendo starts the game being really threatening inside the penalty area and almost scored a worldlie in the 9th from Trent’s cross, but unlucky to see his shot go wide. Nearly did get his goal in the 58th after being found in a decent area, but his curling effort went just over.

Helped Liverpool maintain a sharp intensity all game long & moved the ball forward really efficiently. Worked his socks off before being subbed late on. 

Harvey Elliott (7.0) –

The exciting youngster retains his place after last week’s heroics and almost has a dream start as a stinging long ranger goes just wide of the goal. But should’ve scored in the 36th after being found in an open scoring range, but hit his shot over the bar. Withered away towards the end, but Elliot’s impressive passing range & positive energy helped LFC maintain a high press style all game long. 

Forwards

Sadio Mane (6.0) – 

Mane was probably Liverpool’s most proactive player in the first half and it was his instinctive shot that hit James’ hand, leading to the hand-ball, his sending off and the penalty. Unable to improve upon that in the second half, when he really wasn’t involved in anything memorable. 

Roberto Firmino (4.0) –

Firmino has been chosen ahead of Jota today, but his creative genes weren’t effective at all. Subbed BEFORE half-time after a very disappointing display. Didn’t justify his selection at all.  

Mo Salah () –

Mo is intent on making things difficult for Marcos Alonso in his wing. Made absolutely no mistake smacking in his penalty before half-time to make it 1-1. Looks hungry for more in the second half and sends in a brilliant cross to create Jota’s big chance in the 51st. Almost got his second in the 66th but Alonso cleared the ball just as he was about to score from yards out. 

Was found in the end of a counter-attack in the 84th but his weak-foot attempt was too soft to go past Mendy. Didn’t find it easy because of the sharp man-marking on him, but it was his goal which helped LFC get a point of this game. 

Substitutions

Diogo Jota (6.5) –

The in-form forward got a big chance in the 51st but his header went over the bar. Struck another looping header in the 90th, forcing a reflex save by the keeper. Definitely, a bigger danger in the attack than Firmino & helped link together better-attacking moves too. 

Thiago Alcantara (N/R) –

Thiago helped his side maintain control of the game late on and made some really nice forward passes to put pressure on Chelsea. 

Kostas Tsimikas (N/R) –

The in-form left-back replaced Robbo for the last 5-10 minutes but unable to really make a difference in the game. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Alexander-Arnold was probably Liverpool’s most influential player today. But Edouard Mendy deserves this for his excellent saves which basically enabled Chelsea to steal a point from this game. 

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