A Sadio Mané brace helped Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0, who had Andreas Christensen sent off just before half time.
After a fairly even start, Christensen hauled Mané down in first half stoppage time and was shown a straight red card following a VAR review.
The Reds soon pressed home their advantage. Mané grabbed a quick fire, second half brace to kill the game off, although Chelsea did miss a penalty with around 15 minutes left to play.
Here’s 90min’s player ratings following the exciting clash at Stamford Bridge…
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 3/10 – An error prone display once again. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper will lose his place with Edouard Mendy eventually signs.
Reece James (RB) – 5/10 – Mané gave him a tough afternoon. He should have done better for the opening goal but was solid other than that.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – 4/10 – Left his side in the lurch by getting sent off for a ludicrously clumsy challenge. His goalkeeper didn’t help him out to be fair.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 5/10 – Did not look particularly comfortable in possession but at least he didn’t get sent off.
Marcos Alonso (LB) – 5/10 – Beaten far too easily for Liverpool’s opening goal which was indicative of his shaky defensive display.
N’Golo Kanté (CM) – 7/10 – His first half was full of energy and attacking intent. Mainly chased shadows after the break though.
Jorginho (CM) – 5/10 – Not his day. Was a passenger throughout proceedings and then missed a crucial penalty. Oops.
Mateo Kovacic – 6/10 – Drove forward with purpose early on but faded badly as the game progressed.
Mason Mount (RW) – 5/10 – Brought about a few openings early on but then drifted into the shadows. With the Blues possessing so much strength in depth, he cannot afford many more performances like this one.
Kai Havertz (ST) – 6/10 – Seeing Chelsea’s new man deployed as a false nine was intriguing. He linked up well with his compatriot Werner before being sacrificed following Christensen’s red card.
Timo Werner (LW) – 7/10 – An encouraging display. His ability to nip in behind the Reds backline was Chelsea’s biggest threat and he also won a penalty.
Fikayo Tomori – 5/10
Tammy Abraham – N/A
Ross Barkley – N/A
Alisson (GK) – 9/10 – Had very little to do but impressed on the rare occasions he was called into action. None more so then when he kept out Jorginho’s penalty.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 7/10 – Kept Werner fairly quiet and offered his side so much with an incredible range of passes.
Fabinho (CB) – 8/10 – The stand-in centre-back was dominant. Dealt with the threat of Havertz at false nine very well.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 8/10 – Fantastic leadership, passing and defending. Your standard van Dijk display.
Andy Robertson (LB) – 7/10 – Gave Mount no joy down the right-hand side and drove forward well.
Naby Keita (CM) – 7/10 – A dogged if not overly sensational performance. Kept possession circulating well.
Jordan Henderson (CM) – 7/10 – His Hollywood pass led to Christensen’s sending off. Did nothing wrong before being replaced at the break due to injury.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 7/10 – Typically neat and tidy display from the Dutchman. The fact he played a full 90 minutes suggests a move to Barcelona is off.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – 7/10 – Outshone by Mané after running the show against Leeds last weekend. Had a field day against Marcos Alonso.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – 8/10 – Worked hard and stitched things together nicely in the second half. Provided a sumptuous cross for the game’s opening goal.
Sadio Mané (LW) – 9/10 – Liverpool’s star man. The determination for the second goal was nothing short of extraordinary.
Thiago Alcantara – 6/10
James Milner – 6/10
Takumi Minamino – N/A