Chelsea ratings at Liverpool: Mudryk shines off bench and Thiago Silva continues to show class but Jorginho poor
CHELSEA and Liverpool played out a 0-0 bore draw at Anfield this lunch time.
The two began the day in mid-table, slugging it out to try and grab three crucial points in their respective battles to climb back into the European places.
Both sides huffed and puffed, but neither were able to grab a breakthrough on a low-key afternoon at Anfield.
Mykhailo Mudryk did make an exciting cameo off the bench for the away side, but couldn’t unlock the Liverpool defence.
SunSport’s Martin Lipton rates and slates each Chelsea performer.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6
Angered the home fans by consuming time but rarely troubled and well-protected by the thick blue line in front of him.
Trevoh Chalobah – 7
Kept his defensive shape and discipline even as he switched from a three to a four when Liverpool pressed.
Thiago Silva – 8
Used all his experience especially when Liverpool stepped it up at the start of the second half. Remains the calmest man on the planet.
Benoit Badiashile – 7
Showed he is a genuine attacking threat and close to a first Chelsea goal. Solid and strong and commitment will have pleased Potter.
Marc Cucurella – 6
Stuck to his defensive task to deny Salah space although barely made any attacking impact down the flank.
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Jorginho – 5
Tidy enough but does he ever really set a tempo or hurt opponents? Just a bit too humdrum.
Conor Gallagher – 7
Spiky and combative from the opening minute. Sailed close to the wind a few times with rash tackles but never flinched from the battle
Hakim Ziyech – 7
The latest unlikely choice of right wing-back but rarely as exposed defensively as might have been and did offer width and shape. One great run ended with shot too high.
Mason Mount – 6
Some bright moments but too few for him to really impact the game as he would have wanted.
Lewis Hall – 7
Youngster had to flit between central role in possession and wider one off the ball. Close with a cross-shot before made way for Mudryk.
Kai Havertz – 6
Unlucky to have inadvertently stepped offside to be denied an early goal. Worked hard but not a natural No 9 and slightly unfair to ask him to play there
Mykhailo Mudryk (for Hall, 67) – 7
Ukrainian shone off the bench on his Prem bow. Dancing feet so close to making breakthrough. Looks the real deal.
Cesar Azpilicueta (for Chalobah, 81) – 6
Club skipper replaced injured Chalobah late-on as Blues battened down the defensive hatches to make his 500th appearance for the club.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (for Havertz, 81) – 6
A genuine striker for the last 10 minutes or so but too late for him to get into the game.
Carney Chukwuemeka (for Mount, 82) – 6
Nearly made an instant impact only to lose his footing after bursting into the box.
Subs not used: Bettinelli, Koulibaly, Humphreys, Loftus-Cheek, Fofana
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