Culpable for Liverpool’s opening goal, when his hesitancy and poor communication with Ivanovic allowed Gerrard’s cross to find Meireles at the back post. The keeper and Ivanovic had earlier demonstrated the crossed wires earlier.
A reasonably solid display by the Portugese but was the fall guy when the hosts needed more attacking dynamism in the last 20 minutes.
Had a barney with Cech after they got in each other’s way in the first half, so one can only imagine his thoughts after another mix-up with the keeper allowed Meireles to hook in the winning goal. Nevertheless, he was probably Chelsea’s biggest threat on set-pieces.
Dealt comfortably with the line-and-length solidity of Kuyt both in the air and on the deck. Led by example throughout.
Chelsea’s most impressive player. Always a threat with his left flank raids and excellent distribution and never found wanting in his own third. His ding-dong battle with Kelly was one of the most enthralling of the match.
Without being poor, Chelsea’ midfield dynamo was less influential than their fans would have hoped. His distribution was hit-and-miss and struggled to deal with the numbers in the Liverpool midfield.
Anelka’s deployment behind the strikers took away the space that Lampard usually runs into with such effect. Made the odd telling pass but struggled to exert much influence in midfield.
John Obi Mikel
Booked early on for hacking down Gerrard and could never get a grip of a midfield that was dominated by the visitors. Substituted when Chelsea went behind.
By all accounts, he excelled behind a front two against Sunderland in midweek. Few would argue he was not abject in the first half, when he was a static presence in the hole, although he did awaken from his slumber after the break.
Not a day of destiny for the new boy in blue. His 65th minute substitution, to chants of ‘You should have stayed at a big club’, would have been an embarrassment for the Spaniard. He came to life when presented with two reasonable chances but he was handled well by his former team-mates and his arrival seems to already pose more questions than answers.
Looked like to he did not quite know where to be, which Chelsea fans will hope is not a precursor of a summer of agitating. Produced one fine pass to put Torres through on goal.
Brought sharpness to Chelsea’s right flank when they searched for a late equaliser.
Made one brilliant interception and showed enough class on his debut to suggest he will fit in snugly in the back four.
Struggled to exert any influence late on. A shadow of the darling of the autumn.
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