“Never been totally convinced about this Chelsea player but his performance against Liverpool was special” – Garth Crooks

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has hailed Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic for his performance in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

According to Crooks, Kovacic’s performance against Liverpool was special.

Crooks told BBC: “I’ve never been totally convinced that Chelsea was the right club for Mateo Kovacic but his performance against Liverpool was a bit special. It wasn’t just his goal that was breathtaking but the way he pulled Chelsea back into the game and in the end might have won it for the Blues. He also formed an excellent midfield partnership with Kante.

“It would appear that Thomas Tuchel is getting the best out of the Croatian, which is more than could be said for Romelu Lukaku. Read more about my thoughts on the latest row at Stamford Bridge in the Crooks of the Matter below.”

Did you know? Mateo Kovacic has been involved in seven Premier League goals for Chelsea this season (two goals and five assists in 13 appearances), only in 2014-15 with Inter has the Croatian been involved in more goals in a single season across the big five European Leagues (eight – five goals and three assists).

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin also believes Kovacic’s performance against Liverpool was his best in a Chelsea shirt.

Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “There was no doubt there were some brilliant performances from the boys in blue.

“You could go through most of the team but you would have to start with the engine room where Mateo Kovacic had arguably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt, which is high praise considering the standards he has attained in the past.

“There was a period in the second half when his touch was so divine the Chelsea fans in the stadium started making strange noises.

“It wasn’t applause or shouts of encouragement when he pulled a ball out of the air after it appeared to have come down with snow on it, or after he went past three players when there seemed nowhere to go but then emerged with the ball and with his balance to set up yet another attack – there was something close to gasps from the stands.

“His goal was worth the admission fee on its own, for the outrageous technique, the style, the imagination, and the timing. I felt particularly happy as I had just said to Jason Cundy and Ben Andrews on the Chelsea website and 5th Stand app commentary if we get a goal back before half-time this is definitely not beyond us. Okay, we got two, but you get the point.”

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