Chelsea hosted reigning Premier League champions Liverpool for their first match at the Bridge this season. It was a cagey affair to start with, however one red card was enough to turn it on its head. Liverpool comfortable winners in the end, 2-0.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 1
He assisted a goal! It was Sadio Mané’s second goal, but a goal all the same. Peter Drury mused in commentary that is was as much mental for Kepa as it is skill. This appears to be the case. Kepa was visibly frightened when he was in possession of the ball. The pressure continues to mount on the Chelsea number one.
Reece James – 4
Arguably looked more comfortable this week than last, but with without the goal to lighten up the stat sheet. Andy Robertson was always going to be a difficult opponent for the young right back.
Andreas Christensen – 2
Didn’t have the worst first 40’. He blocked a Firmino shot from point blank with his face and contributed well to the first half clean sheet. However, on 45’ Christensen was shown a red card on VAR review for denying Sadio Mané of an obvious scoring opportunity. It was deliberately clumsy and with Kepa charging out, a very costly action.
Kurt Zouma – 4
A victim of circumstance really. Good enough first half, faltered under the relentless pressure in the second.
Marcos Alonso – 3
Alonso got forward often, but struggled to really look dangerous. Allowed too many crosses from the right, one of which resulted in a goal.
Jorginho (c) – 5
His first saved penalty as a Chelsea player. The technique that has served him well so far has finally let him down. It had to happen at some point. It might as well be when morale is already low and Chelsea are two goals down to Liverpool.
Aside from that he was rarely dispossessed or out of position.
N’Golo Kanté – 6
More attacking than usually comfortable early on, but dropped into his more familiar role in the second half. His trademark running and effort never stopped, he was stripping the Liverpool midfielders of possession right up until the end.
Matteo Kovačić – 4
The Croatian returned from suspension for his first match of the season, replacing Ruben Loftus-Cheek. While he was an improvement on Loftus-Cheek from last weekend, he wasn’t able to create much. Solid in possession, like normal, but that was about it.
Mason Mount – 5
Mount was busy in midfield. Firing out long passes to the wide men and shooting from range on occasion. Nothing really came off in attack and was forced into a more defensive role.
Kai Havertz – 5
He didn’t do a lot wrong, but he didn’t do a lot full stop. Rotated through the front three, and created space for the midfielders to run into well. But his time on the ball was limited. Sacrificed at half time to bring on Tomori after Christensen’s sending off.
Timo Werner – 5
The first half saw him drift out onto the left in a bid to expose makeshift Liverpool centre back Fabinho. There were a few half chances, but nothing beyond a few dangerous looking direct runs in behind.
He suffered in the second half without Havertz and being forced to drop in and defend. He did earn the penalty with a deceptive run, but overall it’s not a good match to gauge his output fairly.
Fikayo Tomori – 5
Brought on at half time as cover for the dismissed Christensen. If it was his job to block and head away every lobbed cross from Liverpool’s right, he did it well. Unfortunately, the extra man for Liverpool proved too much, too often.
Brought on for Kovačić to add something up front late on. He did get around and forced a good save from Allison, but caused no major headaches for Liverpool.
Came on with 11’ to go for Jorginho. No real impact, but no mistakes either.