Here we have with us the Liverpool player ratings as they beat Chelsea in penalties to win the Carabao Cup. Liverpool have now won the English League title a total of nine times which is the most out of all the English teams. Both teams were matched up equally and had to proceed to the penalties to finally decide a winner.
Chelsea had 4 shots on target while Liverpool had 6 shots on target. The Reds enjoyed more of the ball than Chelsea but that was not obvious for all the viewers. It was very difficult for even the pundits and experts to choose a winner at full-time. The overall match was very entertaining for a 0-0 draw that played out.
Mendy reacted fabulously when Mane was quick to attack the ball for a tap-in. Whereas on the other hand, Mason Mount missed one chance that he might have scored on any other day. Both the teams knew what they had to do in possession and out of possession. Liverpool’s set-piece goal was disallowed as the referee believed that Virgil Van Dijk was involved in the play.
Chelsea also scored three offside goals and hit the post once throughout the game. The Blues had major help from Thiago Silva who cleared Salah’s chip over Mendy from the line. A draw did seem like a fairer result but there could only be one winner. Both clubs played out a superb game of football with high intensity and full of emotions.
Liverpool player ratings vs Chelsea
Caoimhin Kelleher – 9/10
Made a couple of excellent saves throughout the game to keep Liverpool in the game and was not shy of coming out.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10
His pinpoint delivery troubled Chelsea at some points and created several chances with his accurate long passing. However, he had to be disciplined due to the threat that Chelsea possess.
Joel Matip – 7/10
Made a very important block to save Mount’s attempt early in the game. Could have scored for the second game in a row but Van Dijk was ruled offside as a part of the move.
Virgil van Dijk – 8/10
Took a well-timed header from Trent’s header but Mendy was able to match his effort. Untroubled in the backline and looks like he is back at his best.
Andy Robertson – 7/10
He was energetic and reliable as he usually is but his crosses failed to get a result for the Reds. Pressed well throughout the game.
Fabinho – 8/10
Was the best passer for Liverpool in the game and also defended well when needed. A panenka penalty with all that pressure shows how confident and calm he was throughout.
Jordan Henderson – 7/10
Was not able to influence the game much but carried out his captaincy job well. Left the pitch for the vice-captain Milner.
Naby Keita – 7/10
Was included in the lineup late after Thiago suffered an injury in the warm-up. Keita himself didn’t get to warm up with his teammates but played a good game.
Mohamed Salah – 7/10
Had a good chance to score when he chipped over Mendy but Thiago Silva had other ideas. Couldn’t cope with the physicality of Antonio Rudiger.
Sadio Mane – 7/10
Was constantly a threat as he took on Chalobah regularly and came close to scoring but Mendy’s save left everybody bamboozled. Was seemingly frustrated as he got substituted.
Luis Diaz – 9/10
Showed his good pace and his unpredictability troubled the Chelsea defense at times. However, he made a few mistakes that could have helped Chelsea a lot.
Harvey Elliot – 7/10
Took a few good touches on the ball and ensured that his team goes on to play in the extra time. Handled the pressure well for a player of his age.
James Milner – 7/10
Came on to keep the spirits up for Liverpool and scored a good penalty from the spot.
Diogo Jota – 8/10
Took a shot as soon he came after a good linkup play with Salah. Also miscued a good Robertson cross which may have been scored on a different occasion.
Ibrahima Konate – 7/10
Came on to provide some fresh legs to his side and deal with the physicality of Romelu Lukaku. However, sometimes he got the better of Lukaku and vice versa.
Divock Origi – 7/10
Liverpool players got something to focus on with his introduction to the front line but he did not have a clear shot at goal.
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