Chelsea had to beat Liverpool to boost our chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season, and the Blues did so, with a determined 1-0 win against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
The performance today was one of strength and determination, and Antonio Conte will definitely be happy with his team.
See the players’ rating for this game:
Courtois: Didn’t make a mistake and handled everything that came his way. Was particularly impressive in the first half with some fine saves. 7.5/10
Azpilicueta: Dedicated and hardworking performance from the Spaniard. Was a beast at the back and helped Chelsea’s defence prevent Liverpool’s attacking trio from doing anything tangible in the game. 8/10
Cahill: Marshalled his defence to keep Liverpool’s attacking players at bay. It was a good defensive performance from the team to keep a clean sheet, and today’s victory hangs upon Chelsea’s terrific defending. 8/10
Rudiger: Rugged and hardworking at the back, and didn’t give Mohamed Salah a breathing space. 8.5/10
Kante: Did his thing in midfield and it was effortless. Protected his backline and recovered lots of balls for his team. 8.5/10
Bakayoko: He had a very good first half, and continued to work hard in the second period. 7/10
Fabregas: Worked hard in midfield as Chelsea’s midfielders helped to keep Liverpool from penetrating the backline. Was assured on the ball too. 7/10
Moses: Was very good today. Assisted Giroud for the goal, and was great both attacking and defending. 8.5/10
Alonso: Had one wonderful volley late in the second-half that almost found the back of the net. He combined well with Rudiger to protect the left side of the defence. 7.5/10
Hazard: Was always a threat when with the ball, and delighted the fans with his skills. Was given a wonderful ovation when taken off late in the game. 8.5/10
Giroud: Might not have done too much, but what he did was enough to give Chelsea the three points. Scored a powerful header and used his aerial presence to worry Liverpool. 8.5/10
Willian: Replaced a tired Eden Hazard with five minutes left of normal time.
Zappacosta: Came on for Moses just before stoppage time, and worked hard on the right flank.
Pedro: Came on with less than two minutes to go.