Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League with an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were the scorers for the home side.
The first half went to plan for Maurizio Sarri’s men, who kept their shape well and were dangerous on the counter. The Reds had two chances, one each for Mane and Salah, but the visitors thwarted those.
The second half began with the home side moving the ball quicker and creating more chances. The deadlock was eventually broken in the 51st minute when Jordan Henderson clipped in a beautiful cross for Mane at the far post. The Senegal international then had an open goal to head the ball into.
Two minutes later, Salah picked up possession on the right wing and hit a rapturous shot into the top corner from 30 yards away.
Chelsea had two good chances after that, both of which fell to Eden Hazard, but the Belgian hit the post with one and had his effort saved by Alisson moments later.
Liverpool controlled the game for the final 15 minutes and saw it out to go back to the top of the table.
Here’s how we rated their performances:
Alisson - 7
Made one good save in the second half and his kicking was assured.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7
Did his defensive job well and his crosses into the box were superb at times.
Joel Matip - 7
Kept Hazard quiet in the first half and remained solid after the break.
Virgil van Dijk - 7
A solid as ever performance from the Dutchman. His interceptions were impressive.
Andy Robertson - 7
Ran up and down the left flank and was fantastic. The Scotsman kept Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi quiet.
Fabinho - 8
Won many second balls in defensive midfield and his passing was impressive.
Jordan Henderson - 8
The captain had another fantastic performance in an advanced midfield role. Assisted the first goal. Subbed off after getting a knock.
Naby Keita - 7
He was sharp while pressing the ball and kept the team moving forward. Petered out in the second half and was subbed.
Mohamed Salah - 9
He was involved in the build-up of the first goal and scored an absolute worldie to double the lead. Subbed off later on.
Roberto Firmino - 8
He was on his game from minute one, pressed from the front and used the ball intelligently.
Sadio Mane - 8
Another player who was on his game today on the left wing, Mane scored the opener for Liverpool.
(SUB) Georginio Wijnaldum - 5
Came on to bring stability in midfield and he did so.
(SUB) James Milner - 5
Replaced Henderson to bring fresh energy to the midfield.
(SUB) Xherdan Shaqiri - N/A
Came on very late to make any kind of impact.