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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool, Player Ratings: Costa, Kanté continue consistent competence

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1. DIEGO COSTA - FC 7.1
Minutes played90
Touches37
Passes17/21
Shots2*/2
Take-ons0/3
Fouls drawn2
Five games, five goals for Chelsea's first-choice striker, and while he wasn't quite at his snarling best on Friday (no yellow card either!), and he was isolated for long stretches of the game (especially in the first half) he still got his goal, which puts him in the early lead for the Premier League Golden Boot (Ibrahimović, who has four in four is due to play on Sunday).

Scoring goals is nothing new for Costa of course, despite his extended slump at the start of last season.  We might recall his hot start to the 2014-15 season that set Chelsea on our way to the title.

2. DAVID LUIZ - DC 6.4
Minutes played90
Touches94
Passes67/79
Shots1/3
Tackles4
Clearances5
Block+INT+RECs11
We had already highlighted David Luiz's contributions in this game, his second debut in the colors of Chelsea Football Club, including his post-match assessment of our lack of concentration on Liverpool's first goal.

As in the first debut, the outcome, a one-goal loss to Liverpool, wasn't quite the one we had all desired, but David Luiz's composed, solid, and effective performance was a good marker to set in the face all the media narratives.

Given Gary Cahill's glaring errors (ironic, given his fancy-haired defensive partner), it's entirely conceivable and probably desirable to have our first-choice defense feature David Luiz alongside John Terry, rather than instead of him.  (Is it too early to start the conversation about the next one-year extension for the Captain?)

3. N'GOLO KANTÉ - MC 6.3
Minutes played90
Touches85
Passes63/68
Shots0/2
Take-ons2/4
Tackles6
Block+INT+RECs7
Chelsea's most important summer signing wasn't as impactful in this one as he had been in previous games, but he's now made the top three in the community ratings in four of his five starts for Chelsea.

Consistent excellence from the player many thought should've won the Premier League Player of the Year award last season ... though he should probably pass up those shooting "opportunities" (yes, all TWO of them) that he seemed intent on taking.  Don't worry, N'Golo, Mikel isn't catching you anytime soon in the goalscoring department (11 goals already for the younger man, vs. 7 career goals at club level for the Man, the Myth, the Mikel).

STARTERS:
Courtois (6.0), Azpilicueta (5.8), David Luiz (6.4), Cahill (4.6), Ivanović (4.0), Kanté (6.3), Matić (6.0), Oscar (5.0), Hazard (5.4), Costa (7.1), Willian (5.1)

SUBS:
Fàbregas (5.8), Moses (5.5), Pedro (4.8)

OVERALL:

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