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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 7.2

Mignolet didn’t have a awful lot of saves to have to do, but he looked solid and controlled his six yard box comfortably. The Belgium has had a good start to the season so let’s hope it continues.

Nathaniel Clyne – 8.1

Clyne was up against in my opinion the best winger in the league on his day in Eden Hazard and he did extremely well to shackle Hazard who had a poor game overall. Clyne seems to be building a good connection with Sadio Mane on the right hand side with Clyne helping out in attack and Mane coming back to help defend.

Joel Matip – 8.3

Matip continued his strong run of form and he looks like he has been at Liverpool for years, comfortable on the ball, dominant in the air and strong in the tackle. Did extremely well all game and shackled Diego Costa extremely well. Made a slight error when he went to ground to early in the box and this lead to Chelsea getting a goal back but there were countless other errors in this goal.

Dejan Lovren – 8.4

Got his first Premier league goal for Liverpool and to boot he had a impressive game at the back for us. Lovren’s goal was a fine finish from a superb Coutinho cross into the box. The Croatian is building a good relationship with Matip at the back and this can only improve over time.

James Milner – 8.2

I didn’t personally think that Milner could play left back but he’s been fantastic in our last three games, gets forward extremely well and helps out Coutinho but its his defensive work where he has impressed me most. Coutinho doesn’t track back a awful lot so Milner has to do a lot of defending on his own and he’s been holding his own in recent games, another fantastic performance as he stifled Willian extremely well on his side.

Adam Lallana – 7.6

Another good game for Lallana, albeit he was less effective today than in other games. Lallana worked extremely hard and ran around 12 kilometres once again, heckled Chelsea when they had possession and distributed the ball well when he had it.

Jordan Henderson – 8.6 Man of the match

Wow, that goal probably would of won him this award anyway but a great performance to boot to for our skipper. He probably will never score a better goal than that as our Gerrard would have been proud of that himself. He’s adapting to playing as a number six really well as he has great balance to his game, he knows when to run and when to hold his position. Henderson really looked like a captain tonight, he was leading by the front foot and was shouting in the middle of the park, he really is proving the doubters wrong right now.

Georgina Wijinaldum – 8.3

I said this in the game with Leicester but this is his game in a Liverpool shirt so far, I didn’t think he was such a work horse but boy did he put in a shift in for this game as he looked absolutely knackered when he came off as a late substitution. Goals will come for the Dutch international if he carries on playing like this.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7.9

Coutinho wasn’t involved in the game to much, especially in the second half but he still proved he is a difference maker with a beautiful ball to the back post for Lovren to smartly finish. Liverpool were sat deep for most of the second half so Coutinho understandably couldn’t get fully into it and he was substituted later on for Lucas.

Daniel Sturridge – 7.1

Sturridge was probably our least effective player on the park today, even in the first half when we were brilliant. He showed composure on the ball and a willingness to run but just struggled. Was taken off for Origi really early in the second half and he looked like he was injured but Klopp confirmed that he wasn’t and it was a tactical approach as Sturridge looked extremely tired, maybe a lack of match fitness.

Sadio Mane – 8.1

Mane was his normal busy self, turning and running at their backline constantly but was impressed me with his game today was his defensive work. Countless times he came back to help out Clyne nullify the threat of Hazard as he put in a selfless display. Red fans now have a chant for Mane and this shows just how quickly fans have recognized his talents.

Substitutions

Origi 55 (Sturridge) – 6.7

Origi struggled when he came on to be honest, we were sat extremely deep so Origi had no support with him up top as he constantly lost the ball. Had a huge chance to make it 3-1 after a good cross from Milner but Origi couldn’t convert from 8 yards as begovic made a great save to deny what should of been a goal.

Lucas 74 (Coutinho) – 7.0

Came on and his job was to protect the back four which he did extremely well as he really helped calm the game down when he came on. Gave away a silly foul on Hazard just outside the box and if that gone in he would be criticized but overall he did well.

Steward 89 (Wijaldum) – N/A

Played about four minutes so really can’t give a rating.

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Liverpool predicted team vs Chelsea

Goalkeeper

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet will carry on in goal for this game as Karius had just returned from a injury and this game has come too soon for Karius. Mignolet hasn’t made a direct error yet this season so should remain in goal for this goal, but Karius should eventually displace Mignolet the German will start in Tuesday’s game against Derby.

Defence

Nathaniel Clyne

This is a no brainer as we have no other senior right backs at the club and Clyne is one of our most consistent players and offers us such a big outlet on that right hand side, seems to have a good understanding with new signing Sadio Mane as well.

Joel Matip

Matip has started the last three Liverpool games in a row and has been cool and composed in every game, set pieces will be huge in this game with Chelsea as they have such a big side so we will need Matip for his aerial prowess, which he has showed already. He sets up attacks well and can play out of the attack well but if we are to win this game Matip must have a good game.

Dejan Lovren

Lovren received a nasty looking eye injury last week in training and had to sit out the game with the champions. Klopp has confirmed that Lovren has recovered and the swelling has gone down so I expect him to come in for Lucas.

James Milner

Many fans had their doubts with Milner playing left back but he is adapting to the role quite well really, he has had good games against Spurs and Leicester where he had got a goal and a assist from these two fixtures. Milner will have to be solid defensively this game as he is going against the workaholic Willian.

Midfield

Georgina Wjinaldum

Wjinaldum has been adapting quite well to this position and his role in this Liverpool side, with two assists this season already. He has played with such energy and has won the ball back extremely well and he is showing signs he can add to Liverpool’s attack as well. Had his best game in a red shirt against Leicester at the weekend so I expect him to start, despite Can returning to training and isn’t ready to start a game just yet.

Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool skipper is starting to adapt to this new defensive role that Klopp has put him in, he has had two impressive performances in this role recently and his energy, pressing and passing from deep has been crucial to how we are currently playing. Henderson will need support defensively in this game though as he is still not a natural defensive midfielder and he is not naturally someone who will continually win the ball back.

Adam Lallana

Lallana is the player in the midfield that it didn’t even cross my mind to drop him, his two goals and one assist mean he is adding that end product that fans wanted to see for a number of years and his linkup play and his energy have been a crucial part to how we have played as well as how he has adapted to his new more deeper role playing in centre midfield instead of one of the attacking positions.

Attack

Phillipe Coutinho

Coutinho didn’t start the game with Leicester as he wasn’t fully ready due to his Brazil commitments but he will be chomping at the bit in a fixture where he scored twice last season. The Brazilian will start on the left as he usually does and he will cutting inside constantly.

Roberto Firmino

I expect Firmino to go up top for this game, despite Sturridge being impressive in the game last weekend. Firmino notched two goals last week on the wing but he will be essential to drag their defenders out of position leaving more space for the midfield runners and attackers. David Luiz is a touch tight defender and he likes playing against a striker and nicking the ball ahead of them, Firmino will be key to exposing this weakness in Chelsea’s defence.

Sadio Mane

Mane has recently picked up our player of the month for August and he will look to continue his impressive form, hopefully adding more to his goal tally or assist tally. Mane is a player who has walked into this side and given us a different edge,  he will need to help out Clyne defensively as Hazard will be playing on that right hand side of midfield.

Would you make any changes to this team?

 

 

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Luis Suarez surprised by Liverpool’s title charge

Luis Suarez has stated that even he is surprised by Liverpool’s title challenge, with the financial firepower of teams like Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Uruguayan, who is likely to be crowned PFA player of the year this Sunday, cannot believe the progress from seventh last season to potential champions this season.

“It would be something that no one would believe,” said Suárez . “We have good players, but if you look at the complete squad, we don’t have the tools to be up there. The truth is that we have surprised ourselves at how well we’re playing. We have good players who are demonstrating why they are at Liverpool and it would be something amazing for the Premier League because of the investment made by Chelsea, City, and Arsenal. Even Tottenham have spent over £100 million and we, with so little investment, are in that position. It would be incredible.”

With Liverpool in a good position to keep hold of their star striker, having Suarez sign a contract extension earlier this season. Liverpool have guaranteed Champions League football and could become English champions, so are in a great position for a non-disruptive summer with Suarez.

Speaking about next seasons Champions League “There is a lot of potential,” he said. “There are young players such as Sturridge, Coutinho, Luis Alberto who hasn’t played much, Joe Allen and Flanagan. All of them are good young players that have played a lot this year and, with a couple of good players that could come into the team with European experience, it could help us.”

 

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Sturridge declares himself fit for crucial game against Chelsea

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has declared himself fit to play in Liverpool’s crunch clash with Chelsea, With possibly Chelsea being knocked out of the Premier League title race.

Sturridge was a doubt for this game after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-2 victory over Manchester City, missing the 3-2 victory over Norwich City.

In a Q&A session with kids who are given a chance to play football in coaching sessions with LFC foundation. When asked if he will play against Chelsea Sturridge said “Hopefully this weekend I’ll be back.”

Regarding a question as to whether or not Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will play Sturridge in the critical match he responded “I’m not too sure if he’ll play me or not. We’ll have to see.”

He was then asked as to whether or not he will celebrate if he scored against his former club, Chelsea, this weekend…admitting that it will cause him a few problems.

“I would like to show respect to my former club, but if I were to come on and score in the last minute I’m going to be on a mad one, aren’t I?” he laughed. “I don’t want to – but I don’t know if I could control myself if that happened.”

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Chelsea due Petr Cech and John Terry out for rest of the season

Terry injuryChelsea have been handed a double blow for the conclusion of the Premier League run in with star due John Terry and Petr Cech out for the rest of the campaign.

Chelsea have been without Hazard and Eto before their crucial Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid, and now look to miss another two players.

Terry suffered an injury to his foot while Petr Cech has picked up a dislocated shoulder, with Mourinho guaranteeing that they won’t be back in the near future.

Manager Jose Mourinho said: “Petr Cech’s season is over. Don’t ask me technically, but season over.

“And John – we have to play the final for him to play with us.”

“We had problems before the game, we had problems during the game, we lost four players during the game, two with injuries, two with yellow cards, but we will fight,” added Mourinho.

“Ivanovic is back, Schwarzer showed clearly that we can trust him. People that are not playing a lot, like for example Ashley Cole, put in an amazing performance.”

Chelsea go to Anfield in a crucial game that they need to win to stay in the title race, with this news Liverpool and Man City have a massive advantage over their title rivals.

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Sterling: We go again next week

Liverpool’s young starlet Raheem Sterling says Liverpool are still focusing on one game at a time, with title rivals Chelsea to play at Anfield on Sunday.

Sterling has scored 10 goals this season for the Reds, with a real chance of being on the plane with England for the World up.

“We are taking it step by step,” insisted Sterling. “We know what a big part of the season this is. We will just go into Chelsea and try and do what we did against Norwich. We go again next weekend.

“We come in every day, we see each other and we know what the dream is. We are keeping each other modest. If we keep working hard, there is a real goal at the end of it. We just have to keep our head down, keep working hard and concentrate on the weekend.”

Sterling scored two vital goals for Liverpool at the weekend in the vital 3-2 victory over Norwich City, also claiming the man of the match award.

The 19-year-old dedicated his stunning opener to manager Brendan Rodgers and the faith that the Reds boss has had in him.

“He has had belief in me, he has put me in different positions and had the faith to try me there,” the 19-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.

“He has had great faith and I am just glad I got a goal for him and a goal for the team. I knew there was a lot more to come from me. I just needed to have confidence and right now my confidence is sky high.

“It was a great win against Norwich. We knew there was pressure on us but we just took it as another game. The last 10 minutes were a bit nerve-racking but I thought everyone did collectively well. We fought for our lives, and we got the result in the end.

“The manager told us to make sure a result like the Chelsea one [against Sunderland] didn’t happen to us. He told us Norwich are fighting to stay up and we knew what to expect. We did really well to stay together when it was tough late on. We got the three points, and that’s all that matters.”

 

 

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Chelsea reject Liverpool’s loan offer for Spanish star Juan Mata

Liverpool have made a surprise bid to take Chelsea star Juan Mata on loan, but Chelsea see the Spanish star as a key member of their squad and turned down the loan offer.

Tottenham have also enquired about the availability of Mata and were interested in buying the player outright.

Chelsea have hijacked Tottenham and Liverpool’s bid for Brazilian winger Willian, and with Chelsea still after Wayne Rooney, Tottenham and Liverpool were hoping that Chelsea will be willing to sanction Mata’s move away from the club.

Chelsea, though, have maintained their stance with Mata stating he is not for sale, quickly rebuffing Tottenham’s and Liverpool’s interest.

Tottenham were reportedly believed to be prepared to spend 30million on Mata, while Liverpool wanted to take the 25-year-old on loan for a season.

Mata could yet push for a move away from Chelsea if he feels threatened by the recent acquisition of Willain, especially that Mata wants to go to the World Cup with Spain and will need regular football.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that Mata is a big part of Chelsea still though.

He said: “He is very important for me and very important for Chelsea.

“The stories that are coming out are nonsense stories. He goes nowhere.”

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Liverpool want loan deal for Chelsea winger Victor Moses

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to bring in Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season long loan deal.

Chelsea manager is told Victor Moses he can leave this summer as Chelsea have a wealth of attacking wide players with Hazard, Schurrie, De Bruyne and the possible new signing of Willian, along with Mata and Oscar who can both play in wide positions.

Chelsea are said to want a 2million fee for the Chelsea winger from anyone that wants to bring Moses in on loan, but Liverpool will try to secure his release in reduced terms.

Moses earns 55,000-a-week at Chelsea and Liverpool are reluctant to match his wage salary. But Rodgers relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to drive the deal to completion.

Moses has been told by Chelsea that they won’t agree to a permanent deal, but will agree to a loan deal for him.

Liverpool are confident they can strike a deal with Chelsea to bring in Victor Moses before the September 2nd deadline in the transfer window.

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Liverpool show interest in Turkish goal-machine

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Chelsea are on the verge of sensationally signing Luis Suarez

According to the Daily Star Chelsea FC are on the verge of signing Liverpool star Luis Suarez for a fee off 34million.

Earlier this week betting shops made Arsenal the favourites to sign the Uruguayan star in a 25million deal.

Spanish reports claim that Chelsea are willing to pay 34million, despite Liverpool wanting 45million before they even start negotiating a deal with any team.

Suarez has a host of European teams wanting him in Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid. Although the star striker is more likely to move abroad having admitted the English press are driving him out of England.

Chelsea had targeted Edinson Cavani but they look set to miss out on the Napoli player as he is thought to be in discussions for a move to French champions PSG.

Chelsea will now look to other targets and Suarez is one on the list. It has been reported that Chelsea are willing to offer a stunning 4.7million a year salary.

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