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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea, Player Ratings: César Azpilicueta, Man of the Match and our hearts and our minds

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1. CÉSAR AZPILICUETA (8.3)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 96
Passes: 66/75
Clearances: 7
Tackles: 8
Blocks+INTs: 4

Azpilicueta may be one of the Old Guard these days, but the 28-year-old isn’t exactly known for winning Man of the Match awards — though that’s largely due to the fact these sorts of awards tend to go to goalscorers and assist-makers, rather than those players who provide steady excellence in defence day after day after day after day after day after...

Even though he’s hit on a rather rich vein of assists this season thanks to his crossing for Morata’s head, Azpi remains most well known for his amazing competitiveness, leadership, and of course defending on the pitch. That block he made on Sturridge or when he chased Salah down from behind alone could’ve earned him this 9th WAGNH MoM of his career.

2. WILLIAN (7.9)

Minutes: 8
Touches: 8
Passes: 4/4
Shots: 1*/1

As you’ll notice, all three of today’s top three are in the 200-appearance club (Cahill the only missing active member) and they all contributed in their own way when it mattered. Willian may have only gotten a few minutes and a few touches, but one of those touches made the difference. Did he mean it? Did he get lucky? Cross? Shot? Chip?

Yes.

3. EDEN HAZARD (7.9)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 70
Passes: 32*/35
Shots: 1/1
Take-ons: 10/13
Fouls drawn: 3

Last but certainly not least, here’s Eden Hazard, who played out of his skin in the first half and as much as Liverpool kicked him and his own legs got tired, he kept working to the end and even got an official assist on Willian’s chip-cross-shot.

And he even got his shirt at the end, just like he had planned.


STARTERS: Courtois (7.0), Cahill (6.7), Christensen (7.5), Azpilicueta (8.3), Alonso (6.5), Bakayoko (4.9), Kanté (7.3), Drinkwater (6.8), Zappacosta (6.2), Hazard (7.9), Morata (6.6)

SUBSTITUTES: Fàbregas (7.2), Pedro (6.3), Willian (7.9)

OVERALL:

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