Bit of an odd game here. Liverpool couldn’t really say they played at all to their best ability. Chelsea were the better side to be honest. But two moments of quality was enough, and the Reds did just enough to hold on. It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (6) – How bad can it be when you go to Chelsea and win? Chelsea did a good job of shutting down the options for Liverpool to switch it to Salah and Mane. Klopp didn’t have an answer to it. His side weren’t great today and he can’t honestly say he had the right ideas, but it was enough. We’ll forgive you, Jurgen.
Adrian (7) – Some nervy moments but he’s getting the saves. About par since he came into the team.
Trent Alexander-Arndold (7) – Hell of a strike there, Trent. That’ll do. Not great game management in getting himself booked.
TRENT! pic.twitter.com/DIsM6YRBjs— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 22, 2019
Virgil van Dijk (7) – Better from him so far. More in line with last season’s form.
Joel Matip (5) – Needs to do better closing down N’Golo Kante for that goal. Otherwise uninvolved. Hard to find too many positive moments.
Andy Robertson (7) – Most of the game has been played down the opposite flank, so he’s been peripheral, but then delivers an excellent cross for the second goal. Last ditch defending at the end of the game proved decisive.
Jordan Henderson (5) – He’s involved, but a poor game in terms of quality. Sometimes his aggressive positioning leaves holes in Liverpool’s midfield.
Fabinho (7) – Hasn’t been involved that much defensively but, as usual, he’s an underrated passing option for Liverpool.
Georginio Wijnaldum (6) – Just not involved. One of those games from him.
Roberto Firmino (8) – You think he’s not in it, and then he’s in it. Liverpool’s outstanding player so far this season and he’s important again.
Roberto Firmino climbs the ladder! 🔥⚽️— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 22, 2019
2-0 Liverpool! 🔴 pic.twitter.com/NE3zq4ZhtF
Sadio Mane (6) – Chelsea have done well in closing off options to switch the play to the wingers. It just wasn’t a game where Liverpool were able to use the quality of the attackers.
Mohamed Salah (6) – Much the same as Mane. Dribbling into spaces but not finding angles to take good shots.
James Milner (5) – Can someone explain what the point of this sub was to me? I’m mystified.
Adam Lallana () – Again, I’m not sure what he was brought on to do.
Joe Gomez () – Just seemed to be on the pitch to waste time, so nothing to really judge him on.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Roberto Firmino – It’s becoming a boring answer. He’s just Liverpool’s best player all the time right now. The only one of the front three to really involve himself in the game. He’s just consistently decisive. It’s very, very early, but are we looking at a Player of the Year candidate here?