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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool, Player Ratings: Kanté’s back, hope floats

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Community player ratings from Chelsea’s home defeat to Liverpool

Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC - Premier League Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

1. N’GOLO KANTÉ (8.4)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 58
Passes: 31/38
Shots: 1*/2
Take-ons: 2/3
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 2+2+1

Available to start for just the third time all season — and even then it was a last-minute call — N’Golo Kanté promptly served up another midfield box-to-box masterclass, highlighted by his individual skills and effort on Chelsea’s only goal of the day. Is there anything he can’t do?! Hopefully he can stay healthy from here on out.

2. FIKAYO TOMORI (7.8)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 68
Passes: 42/52
Shots: 0/1
Fouls drawn: 2
Tackles+INTs: 5+1

It would appear that Tomori’s the real deal, combining pace, positioning, and ball-skills for a prototypical modern center back. Wheter in a two- or a three-man backline, he should be at or near the top of the list, especially while Antonio Rüdiger continues to deal with his injury issues.

3. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (7.0)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 37
Passes: 21/29
Saves: 1

Kepa didn’t have that much to do in this one — but he did make a tremendous save at the start of the second half to keep Chelsea in the game (and then made another one but that didn’t count officially thanks to an offside). With Chelsea shipping an average of two goals per game, Kepa has had a few critics as well, but he’s undoubtedly top quality and will be for a long time.


vs. LIVERPOOL (PL, H, L 1-2)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Kanté (8.4)

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Tomori (7.8), Arrizabalaga (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Alonso (6.6, sub), Azpilicueta (6.4), Kovačić (6.4), Zouma (6.4, sub), Jorginho (6.3), Willian (6.3), Emerson (6.3), Mount (6.2)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Abraham (5.9), Christensen (5.7), Batshuayi (5.4, sub)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


OVERALL