Liverpool avoided a late Chelsea comeback to claim all three points at Stamford Bridge and continue their undefeated start to the Premier League.
Despite dropping off in the second half, goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino were enough to see Liverpool over the line.
N’golo Kante scored Chelsea’s only goal. The Frenchman thumped a shot past Adrian and the Liverpool goalkeeper had no chance saving it, although the defending could well be scrutinised.
VAR was also involved this afternoon, ruling out a Cesar Azpilicueta goal when the game was at 1-0 to Liverpool.
There was an offside in the buildup and the goal was rightly ruled out – much to the dismay of Martin Tyler.Embed from Getty Images
Adrian – 8
Adrian was in fine form as Liverpool travelled down to Stamford Bridge this Sunday evening. He dealt well with everything that the Blues had to offer.
He couldn’t really do anything about their goal so that doesn’t go against him here.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8
Trent scored a fantastic goal to open the scoring at the Bridge. It’s only his third Premier League goal for Liverpool.
Mo Salah laid the ball off for him from a free-kick and Trent caught Kepa wrong-footed and the ball sailed into the back of the net.
Joel Matip – 8
A tremendous performance from Joel Matip. He looked calm for most of the evening and was like a brick wall at the back for the most part.
Maybe could have done better for the Chelsea goal, looked a bit like a miscommunication between him and van Dijk. All is forgiven in the wake of three points.
Virgil van Dijk – 6
Biggest highlight from van Dijk was the way he celebrated with Roberto Firmino for his goal. Virgil didn’t have his best game in Red but he was still decent.
Andy Robertson – 7
Robbo got a very good assist for Firmino’s goal and dealt with Mason Mount and Willian over the course of the game. Plus, in the dying seconds, he took the ball and ran about 60 yards with it.
Fabinho – 7
Fabinho may well be the most consistent footballer in the world. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone that plays to the same level that he does every week.
Again, the only problem was the Chelsea goal. Everyone fell asleep and let Kante walk through the midfield – including Fabinho.
Jordan Henderson – 7
A captain’s performance from Jordan Henderson this evening. Hendo was fully up to the task of Chelsea. He gave his all for the side and wore his heart on his sleeve as always.
He gives something to the side that we haven’t seen since Luis Suarez was in the side. Our captain was so snide against Chelsea, an edge that could really prove the smallest detail but make the biggest difference when it comes to a title race.
Every title-winning side has had an absolute jerk in it. Man City have Fernandinho, Leicester had Jamie Vardy, Chelsea had Diego Costa. Henderson could well be one of the main driving forces behind another title charge.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7
Gini had a decent performance away from home — imagine that. Wijnaldum covered the midfield well. There’s not really much more to say than that.
He didn’t set the world alight but definitely wasn’t our best player.
Mohamed Salah – 5
Salah lost possession 11 times against Chelsea. The next highest was Mason Mount (6).
Yes, Salah got an assist for Trent’s goal but that didn’t require an awful amount of effort or skill. He was largely poor and didn’t really offer much, especially when it came to ball retention when Liverpool were on the back foot.
Roberto Firmino – 7
Firmino looked shattered towards the end of the game and that is basically the best way to describe the Brazilian’s performance.
Firmino scored a wonderful header from an Andy Robertson cross, in what turned out to be the winning goal. Other than that, Firmino had a classic Firmino performance, he ran his heart out and gave everything he had.
Sadio Mane – 6
Mane had been on fire for every single game to start of the season. Unfortunately, today was his first off-day.
He didn’t really get a look-in when it came to chances on goal and didn’t really create much either. The Senegalese winger was a passenger for the most part and the game passed him by.
James Milner (on for Mane 71′) – 6
Milner was brought on to do the exact thing Milner is still at this club to do – steady the ship. He was a bit erratic defensively, making his first foul within a minute of coming on but was excellent in slowing Chelsea down towards the end of the game.
Adam Lallana (on for Henderson 83′) – 6
Many fans questioned the introduction of Adam Lallana whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sat on the bench. However, Lallana is more defensively capable than the Ox and he did a fine job of it too.
Joe Gomez (on for Salah 90+2′) – N/A
Got brought on to waste time and didn’t touch the ball.