ALL a bit moody for a friendly that, wasn’t it?
All for friendlies not being glorified training sessions but a couple of the challenges that got lashed in must have had both managers a little bit worried. Anyway, here are your match ratings.
Loris Karius: 6
No chance with Cahill’s header, nothing else really to do in the first half.
Knocked Lovren spark out shortly before the hour coming for a Chelsea free-kick.
Connor Randall: 6
Dealt well with the direct running of (don’t laugh) Victor Moses.
Possibly saved Cahill from getting an early bath by not making the most of a nasty challenge from the Chelsea centre-half.
Ragnar Klavan: 7
Good block from a Willian cross on 32 minutes, look fairly solid. Bit of a strange one for the two centre halves, neither really standing out, which isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Lucky not to escape serious injury after a leg breaker from Fabregas, the snide little dickhead.
Dejan Lovren: 6
See above, bit of a strange one — looked solid enough.
Booked early second half for a pull on Loftus-Cheek before getting sparked out by Karius. Had everyone a bit worried for a minute but got up and carried on like a true Liverpool captain and leader of men should.
Alberto Moreno: 6
Stuck one on Willian early on which immediately put him up a point.
Always looks susceptible but always a willing option on the overlap, showed some good touches and linked with Ejaria well a few times and nearly had an assist, breaking free and crossing for Firmino.
Marko Grujic: 6
Got bullied a bit by Gary Cahill for the first goal then got booked immediately after for a daft foul.
Nearly had his head taken off late in the first half in a clash with Bertrand Traore. Took it like a lad, though, and just got on with it.
Kevin Stewart: 5
Didn’t notice him at all first half. Would just be making things up. Sorry. Boss foul on 52 minutes. Tactical.
Sadio Mane: 6
Started brightly despite an elbow in the face then faded as the half went on. Great feet to fashion a chance on 40 minutes.
Should have done better on the stroke of half-time after showing ridiculous pace to get away from the Chelsea defence but fluffed his lines with a soft cross.
Ovie Ejaria: 8
Another confident display from the 18 year-old midfielder, who has an uncanny ability to make the ball stick despite his rangy frame.
Great back-heel for Firmino’s disallowed goal, could be my new hero. Booked for a foul on Azpilicueta shortly before half-time.
Philippe Coutinho: 7
Quiet opening 15, then burst into life following a smart free kick that forced a decent save from Begovic.
Great ball for Moreno on the half-hour mark to put the young Spaniard away that Liverpool should have done better from.
Roberto Firmino: 5
Started the game minus one for that ridiculous top knot, and lost another point for letting Cahill get a standing jump on him for Chelsea’s first goal.
Should have scored from a Moreno cut back on the half-hour mark and then did score later on after a sublime bit of skill from Ejaria only for it to be chalked off for a marginal offside.
Adam Lallana: 6
Neat and tidy, sat in the middle and kept things ticking over. Seems to enjoy playing with Milner.
Jordan Henderson: 6
Came on and sat at the base of the midfield, looked to be running more freely than he has in a long while.
Andre Wisdom: 6
Slotted in for Lovren, didn’t do much wrong. Still a Liverpool player.
Lazar Markovic: 5
Doesn’t seem to really do anything while simultaneously looking like he has ability, which is a shame. Not really working for him is it? Could do well elsewhere.
James Milner: 6
Took up on the right-hand side for the last half hour, stretched the pitch well.
Danny Ings: 5
Brought a change in shape, giving the Reds a more direct point of attack, didn’t really get much service.
Sheyi Ojo: 6
Came on for the impressive Ejaria — both look to have bags of talent and confidence, but didn’t particularly do anything outstanding. Loads of time for that though.
Cameron Brannagan: 6
Got a decent 1o minutes.
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