Chelsea’s first real test of the season came in last season’s champions Liverpool. This game was a good test to see how Chelsea had improved from last season and how much further they need to go to be contenders for the league.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (3)
After having an okay game at Brighton, Kepa had an absolute howler in goal today. At times he pulled off some good saves but a few rash decisions especially when he gifted Mane a 2nd goal sealed his fate in goal this season. It’s going to be difficult for him to bounce back from being bought for a record fee and not delivering the kind of performances he should be. However he can’t solely be blamed for the poor performance that we witnessed.
Reece James (5)
After his rocket of a goal against Brighton, James looked to build on the form going into todays game. However, things didn’t seem to go to plan for James today as he lost Mane for the opening goal and then spent the remainder of the game on the back foot.
Andreas Christensen (2)
Just as I was starting to praise Christensen for putting in a decent shift against Liverpool, it all went to pot for the Dane. What on earth was he thinking when he rugby tackled Mane to the ground? I’m still baffled by his decision making for that reckless challenge. It completely changed the dynamic of the game after that.
Kurt Zouma (6)
Was solid in defence for the most part. There were a few dicey moments for the defender but overall it was a solid performance to back up his performance against Brighton.
Marcos Alonso (4)
He had moments where he looked good but defensively he still has a problem which is ironic considering he was bought as a defender. He did well to keep a hold on the likes of Alexander-Arnold and Salah but didn’t really have much of an impact in the game.
N’Golo Kante (7)
One of the few players who had a good game. He looked to be getting back to his form before lockdown putting in some crucial tackles against a determined Liverpool side.
He did well to anchor Chelsea’s midfield but struggled to really have much more of an impact on the game. He had a chance to get Chelsea back in the game in the 73rd minute with a penalty but his miss summed up the blues day.
Mateo Kovačić (7)
Kovacic’s first match back after suspension and was very solid in his role today. He put a beautiful pass forward for Werner in the 20th minute which wasn’t capitalised on. He didn’t really put a foot wrong but due to going down to 10 men, struggled to keep the midfield ticking over.
Kai Havertz (5)
Had a better performance than his debut against Brighton. The false number 9 role seems to suit him well. He and Werner seemed to have more of an understanding this match most notably him sending a ball forward for Werner in the 39th minute only for the forward to hit it just wide. Was substituted at half time so Lampard could sure up the defence.
Mason Mount (5)
Probably not his most influential game. He did well to keep Robertson quiet during the game but struggled to have any real creative impact. His best passage of play came in the second half when his shot clipped the top of the net to just go over.
Timo Werner (8)
Arguably Chelsea’s best player on the pitch. He looked hungry and up for the fight. However, he isn’t the finished article and should’ve done better with his two chances on goal in the first half. After Chelsea went down to 10 men, he did well to try and get forward and create chances and his efforts were rewarded when he won a penalty in the 73rd minute.
Fikayo Tomori (6)
Came on at half- time with a difficult task at hand and put in a really good performance. However, his back pass to Kepa which played a part in Liverpool’s 2nd goal was the only thing he did wrong. How he’s not playing more consistently in defence is odd.
Ross Barkley (N/A)
Wasn’t on the pitch long enough to make any sort of impact and didn’t end up seeing a lot of the ball.
Tammy Abraham (N/A)
Wasn’t on the pitch long enough but almost managed to salvage some pride for the Blues with a well hit effort on target, was unlucky not to score.