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Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool, Player Ratings: Billy Gilmour leads unlikely heroes Kepa, Barkley

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Community player ratings from Chelsea’s super fun 2-0 win over the Premier League leaders in the FA Cup

FBL-ENG-FACUP-CHELSEA-LIVERPOOL Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images

1. BILLY GILMOUR (9.1)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 62
Passes: 37/49
Take-ons: 2/3
Aerial duels won: 2
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 5+1+1

Billy’s clearly the man (boy?) of the moment, so there’s nothing much new left to say. We probably shouldn’t expect a 9.0+ performance every time ... or maybe we should?

2. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (8.3)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 48
Passes: 15/35
Saves: 5
Clearances: 3

Here would be the big story were it not for young Billy’s star turn. Kepa’s redemption after sitting through six straight matches in all competitions on the bench was as fantastic as it was important. His triple save is up there with the greatest Chelsea goalkeeping sequences in living memory — and surely a nice boost to his much-lamented save percentage to keep a clean sheet with five saves. And yet, just to show how small margins can have such big effects, Kepa’s day could’ve looked much, much worse if Liverpool didn’t squander their early chances that came as a result of some shaky play from Kepa (and Zouma).

It will be very interesting to see who starts this weekend against Everton.

3. ROSS BARKLEY (7.8)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 57
Passes: 23/30
Shots: 2*/3
Take-ons: 2/3
Fouls drawn: 3
Aerial duels won: 3
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 1+2+1
Clearances: 3

Speaking of Everton, Barkley sure seemed extra motivated in this one, and while his general play remains far from consistently excellent, he definitely had his moments in this one — including his goal of course, which he probably should’ve passed but again ... small margins!


vs. LIVERPOOL (FAC, H, W 2-0)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Gilmour (9.1)

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Arrizabalaga (8.3)

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Barkley (7.8), Pedro (7.5), Giroud (7.4), Alonso (7.4), Kovačić (7.2), Willian (7.2), Azpilicueta (7.1), Zouma (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Mount (6.9, sub), Rüdiger (6.8), Jorginho (6.3, sub), James (6.1, sub)

POOR (5.0-5.9):

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


OVERALL