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Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea, Player Ratings: Familiar faces at either extreme

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s drama-filled match at Anfield

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Pulisic winning Man of the Match again is hardly a surprise, but the margin by which he did and the raw rating he reached despite the overall level of performance around him (which tends to depress overall ratings), is truly remarkable.

Then again, so was the performance, with the only thing preventing it from a perfect 10 being his one missed great chance and the fact that the Blues did not complete the comeback. If only he, and the rest of his triple-substitution-mates (who are all in the top four) didn’t have to dig the team out of such a big hole!

The performance and the rating should be tempered a bit by such party-poopers as game-state and player mentalities/fitness — tired legs — at a time when a team with nothing to play for is winning 4-1 — tired minds — but that’s no fun.

If nothing else, it was great practice for that Bayern second leg, eh?

2. TAMMY ABRAHAM (6.6, sub)


Lost in the drama of the game as a whole was Tammy Abraham reaching 15 non-penalty Premier League goals for the season, becoming the first player since Diego Costa to do so, and only the fifth in the 21st century, joining Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, and the aforementioned Diego.


And speaking of goals, we have Olivier Giroud getting a generous rating for once again scoring a goal. He starts, he scores, it’s a simple calculus. Callum Hudson-Odoi just missed out by a couple hundredths, while the rest of the team largely much, much worse. The only three starters to score above Emerson’s baseline 5.0 (i.e. I took a step onto the pitch) were Giroud, Reece James, and Mateo Kovačić.

And there’s Kepa, though perhaps not nearly as low as one might imagine given the magnitude of the Twitter shouting. He’s got a ways to go to Bakayoko’s 1.4 against Watford!

vs. LIVERPOOL (PL, A, L 3-5)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Pulisic (9.1, sub)

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): —

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Abraham (6.6, sub), Giroud (6.4), Hudson-Odoi (6.4, sub)

POOR (5.0-5.9): James (5.9), Kovačić (5.8), Emerson (5.0, sub), Azpilicueta (5.0)

BAD (4.0-4.9): Mount (4.9), Zouma (4.8), Alonso (4.7), Willian (4.3), Jorginho (4.3), Rüdiger (4.1)

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —

E for EFFORT (1.0-2.9): Arrizabalaga (2.9)


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