Sunday 17 December 2017

Rickie Lambert flops again - Chelsea v Liverpool player ratings

Rickie Lambert of Liverpool is haranged by the chelsea fans
Rickie Lambert of Liverpool is haranged by the chelsea fans

Liverpool's hopes of a top-four finish look doomed after they failed to beat champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today. Steven Gerrard got Liverpool's only goal after John Terry had opened the scoring for Chelsea. Here is how the players rated.


THIBAUT COURTOIS: Barely had a save to make, although failed to prevent Liverpool's opener from Steven Gerrard. 6/10

BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: Needlessly conceded the foul that led to Gerrard's goal, but it was a rare error. 6

KURT ZOUMA: Limped off shortly after the half-hour mark having failed to recover from an early knock. 5

JOHN TERRY: Rose high to nod home the opener and become the highest-scoring defender in the history of the Premier league. 8

FILIPE LUIS: Struggled to make any impact as Liverpool controlled the tempo in the second half. 6

JOHN MIKEL OBI: Not one of his better games, seemed to be bypassed with ease in Chelsea's midfield. 5

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK: Marked his full debut with a tidy performance and while his passing was accurate, nothing really troubled Liverpool. 6

WILLIAN: Chelsea's most creative player, a mantle occasionally taken on by Cesc Fabregas. 7

CESC FABREGAS: Lucky to stay on the pitch for a nasty early tackle on Raheem Sterling, but improved thereafter. 6

EDEN HAZARD: Quiet afternoon for the Belgian playmaker apart from one late flourish. 6

LOIC REMY: Failed to attack a fine second-half pass from Willian, summing up a lethargic performance. 5


NEMANJA MATIC: (on for Loftus-Cheek, 59 mins) Strong and tidy. 6

GARY CAHILL: (on for Zouma, 35 mins) Solid in defence. 6

JUAN CUADRADO: (on for Remy, 82 mins) Arrived too late to shine. 5

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Captain John Terry of Chelsea leads out his team through a guard of honour by the Liverpool players during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***


SIMON MIGNOLET: Like opposite number Courtois, rarely called upon during a drab spectacle. 6

GLEN JOHNSON: One early dart into the box quickened the pulse, but there was little more to come. 6

DEJAN LOVREN: It was an easy afternoon for the visitors' defence and Lovren was rarely threatened. 6

MARTIN SKRTEL: Came to Liverpool's rescue on more than one occasion. Happy throwing himself in front of the ball. 6

EMRE CAN: Liverpool were on the ascendency after the interval, but Can was unable to profit. 6

STEVEN GERRARD: Jose Mourinho's "dear enemy" fell on his backside early on but the laughs were silenced when he headed in a crafty equaliser. 7

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: Brushed the side netting after being set up by Sterling, but should have scored. Improved in the second half. 7

JORDAN HENDERSON: Pulled a late chance wide of the left post, squandering the platform to grab a winner for Liverpool. 6

ADAM LALLANA: Unable to provide the magic despite the visitors controlling spells of the second half. 6

RAHEEM STERLING: Bobbed and weaved his way through Chelsea's rearguard, but to little effect. 6

RICKIE LAMBERT: Partly at fault for Terry's opener, standing by as the Chelsea skipper found the net, and was generally quiet. 5


LUCAS LEIVA: (on for Gerrard, 79 mins) Had big shoes to fill. 5

JEROME SINCLAIR: (on for Lambert, 66 mins): Made his debut. 5

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