Liverpool boosted their title hopes with a 2-0 victory at home to Chelsea.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohmaed Salah early in the second half were sufficient to secure victory for Jurgen Klopp‘s side, who are two points clear of Manchester City having played a game more.
Here, Sportsmail’s JOE BERNSTEIN runs the rule over both sets of teams at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah was excellent as Liverpool secured a 2-0 victory at home to Chelsea
ALISSON – 6.5
Alisson didn’t have that much to save despite Chelsea’s chances. Solid distribution and good communication.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD – 7
Good anticipation at right back and was alive to both Willian and Eden Hazard’s movement.
JOEL MATIP – 6
Positionally sloppy at times, allowing Chelsea to carve a way in behind the Liverpool back four.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK – 7.5
Offered that calming influence again and so rarely looked flustered, even when the visitors came back into it.
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk once again provided a calming influence for his side
ANDREW ROBERTSON – 7
Strong running down the left as always and had the constant measure of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
JORDAN HENDERSON – 7.5
Wants to get forward more and provided a terrific cross for Sadio Mane to head in the opener.
FABINHO – 8
Knitted Liverpool together well in possession and thwarting a number of Chelsea counter attacks.
Fabinho played a crucial part as he played some neat passes and made some important tackles
NABY KEITA – 7.5
The ever-improving Guinean possessed inventive ideas from midfield and was full of running.
MOHAMED SALAH – 8.5
Stunning strike when he bounced off Emerson Palmieri, who he gave a torrid time all afternoon.
Liverpool winger Salah caused many problems for Chelsea defender Emerson
ROBERTO FIRMINO – 8
Linked play nicely, allowing others to flourish around him. Dropped off the front to good effect.
SADIO MANE – 7.5
Dragged defenders out of position and poached the all-important first goal at the back post.
GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM (for Keita, 66) – 6
JAMES MILNER (for Henderson, 77)
XHERDAN SHAQIRI (for Salah, 90)
Subs not used: Mignolet, Lovren, Sturridge, Origi
Manager: Jurgen Klopp – 8
Made sure he got a response from his players immediately after half-time and that won the game.
KEPA ARRIZABALAGA – 6.5
Absolutely nothing he could do about the goals and had made crucial interventions beforehand.
CESAR AZPILICUETA – 6
Strong competitor, although will be disappointed that he was sucked in as Mane headed home the first.
Azpilicueta was mostly strong at the back but will be disappointed with his part in Mane’s goal
ANTONIO RUDIGER – 7
Speed and agility was proving a real defensive asset for Chelsea until he was forced off before half-time.
DAVID LUIZ – 6.5
Missed the injured Rudiger. Luiz had been holding Chelsea together and reading the game well until then.
EMERSON – 4.5
Too weak in the challenge for the first goal and Salah skipped by him too easily for the second.
Chelsea defender Emerson endured a frustrating time and struggled for both goals
N’GOLO KANTE – 6.5
Still provided Chelsea with energy until the last and was often the furthest forward with Eden Hazard.
JORGINHO – 5.5
Had started well but then appeared dazed when Liverpool upped the ante and flooded midfield.
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – 6.5
Strong in the tackle. Threatened to make a definitive impact but never truly delivered on that.
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI – 5
Remained on the periphery until he was substituted. Just couldn’t get into the game at all.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was given a start but the winger didn’t have much of an impact
EDEN HAZARD – 6.5
A menace as he drifted in the false nine position but failed to convert two massive opportunities.
WILLIAN – 7
Busy display, direct in his play, and looked the most likely to produce something in the final third.
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN (for Rudiger 40) – 4.5
GONZALO HIGUAIN (for Hudson-Odoi 56) – 6
ROSS BARKLEY (for Loftus-Cheek 75) – 6
Subs not used: Caballero, Pedro, Kovacic, Giroud
Manager: Maurizio Sarri – 5
Once again saw his players overwhelmed in short spells – something that ultimately cost them.
Referee: Michael Oliver – 7.5
Allowed the game to flow and sensibly dealt with aggravation to make sure this didn’t boil over.
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