The result sent Chelsea into the top four, and gave Thomas Tuchel an important win over Jurgen Klopp to further underline his credentials as the man to take the club forward.
James Robson was at Anfield to run the rule over Tuchel’s squad…
Chelsea player ratings
Very little to do despite Liverpool pressure, which is a testament to the performance of his defence.
Grateful to see Mane take a swipe at air when sneaking in between him and Christensen for a free shot at goal. But otherwise in control and brilliantly shut down space.
Pretty much in the right place at the time throughout. Growing with every game. Towering performance.
Stuck well to the task of keeping up with Liverpool’s forwards and rarely caught out. Part of an outstanding rear-guard.
Feels like a more natural fit at wingback than Hudson-Odoi. Defensively aware enough to restrict Liverpool to little down Chelsea’s right.
Should have been penalised when handling in his box. That aside, he was pivotal to Chelsea springing forward when dispossessing Liverpool.
Consistently makes the right choices. Through ball to Werner for the German’s disallowed goal cut Liverpool wide open.
Very positive throughout, but too often his decision making let him down. Worked well in support of Mount.
Two starts in a row is encouraging for him and so nearly on the score sheet when Robertson cleared off the line. But he was the least effective of Chelsea’s forwards.
Occupied a dangerous space between Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho, which Liverpool struggled to close down. Wonderful goal was an example of that.
His best game in a long time and certainly his best under Tuchel. Full of energy and movement. Unlucky to see a goal ruled out by VAR. Deserved to be on the scoresheet for such a tireless display.
Christian Pulisic (Ziyech, 66’) 6
Defended well from the front when coming on.
Mateo Kovacic (Mount, 80’) 5
Gave Chelsea much-needed energy as Liverpool pressed.
Havertz (Werner, 90+1’) N/A
Subs not used: Kepa, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud