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Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool, Player Ratings: K2 midfield excellence

Community player ratings from an eventful 2-2 draw against Liverpool

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1. MATEO KOVAČIĆ (8.9)

Kovačić revealed after the game that he’s still not quite fully fit after his nearly two-month layoff for injury and isolation, but he certainly had me fooled. Recency bias aside, this was surely one of his best games yet, and that’s no mean feat considering that he was voted Chelsea Player of the Year in 2019-20.

In fact, I’d argue that crane-kicking Kova has been steadily getting better and better since joining Chelsea in 2018. At 27, going on 28, he’s right in his prime, and hopefully we can keep utilizing him this perfectly in our forever quest for trophies.

2. N’GOLO KANTÉ (8.3)

If there was one thing better than Kovačić in this game, it was Kovačić and Kanté together. I shall call them K2, like the world’s most awesome mountain peak.

3. ÉDOUARD MENDY (8.0)

Merely hours after the final whistle, Mendy was already on his flight to join Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations (alongside frenemy Sadio Mané). For the first time in a year and a half, our goalkeeping position could be a source of worry. Kepa’s been fine in limited action, but he’s not been the main man since Mendy’s signing.

Senegal are one of the favorites for the trophy, which could mean over a month without Mendy. Here we go!


vs. LIVERPOOL (PL, H, D 2-2)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Kovačić (8.9), Kanté (8.3), Mendy (8.0)

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Pulisic (7.5), Silva (7.3), Rüdiger (7.2), Azpilicueta (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Mount (6.5), Havertz (6.1), Alonso (6.0), Chalobah (6.0)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Jorginho (5.9, sub), Hudson-Odoi (5.8, sub)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


OVERALL