CHELSEA and Liverpool played out a 0-0 bore draw at Anfield this lunchtime.
The two began the day in mid-table, slugging it out to try and grab three crucial points in their respective battles to climb back into the European places.
APChelsea and Liverpool battled in a mid-table scrap[/caption]
Both sides huffed and puffed, but neither were able to grab a breakthrough on a low-key afternoon at Anfield.
SunSport’s Martin Lipton rates and slates each Chelsea performer.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6
Angered the home fans by consuming time but rarely troubled and well-protected by the thick blue line in front of him.
Trevoh Chalobah – 7
Kept his defensive shape and discipline even as he switched from a three to a four when Liverpool pressed.
Thiago Silva – 8
Used all his experience especially when Liverpool stepped it up at the start of the second half. Remains the calmest man on the planet.
Benoit Badiashile – 7
Showed he is a genuine attacking threat and close to a first Chelsea goal. Solid and strong and commitment will have pleased Graham Potter.
AFPBenoit Badiashile already looks at home in the Premier League[/caption]
Marc Cucurella – 6
Stuck to his defensive task to deny Mo Salah space although barely made any attacking impact down the flank.
Jorginho – 5
Tidy enough but does he ever really set a tempo or hurt opponents? Just a bit too humdrum.
Conor Gallagher – 7
Spiky and combative from the opening minute. Sailed close to the wind a few times with rash tackles but never flinched from the battle.
ReutersConor Gallagher battles with Thiago[/caption]
Hakim Ziyech – 7
The latest unlikely choice of right wing-back but rarely as exposed defensively as might have been and did offer width and shape. One great run ended with shot too high.
Mason Mount – 6
Some bright moments but too few for him to really impact the game as he would have wanted.
Lewis Hall – 7
Youngster had to flit between central role in possession and wider one off the ball. Close with a cross-shot before made way for Mudryk.
AFPLewis Hall continues to get a run in the Chelsea first team[/caption]
Kai Havertz – 6
Unlucky to have inadvertently stepped offside to be denied an early goal. Worked hard but not a natural No9 and slightly unfair to ask him to play there.
Mykhailo Mudryk (for Hall, 67) – 7
Ukrainian shone off the bench on his Prem bow. Dancing feet so close to making breakthrough. Looks the real deal.
Cesar Azpilicueta (for Chalobah, 81) – 6
Club skipper replaced injured Chalobah late-on as Blues battened down the defensive hatches to make his 500th appearance for the club.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (for Havertz, 81) – 6
A genuine striker for the last 10 minutes or so but too late for him to get into the game.
Carney Chukwuemeka (for Mount, 82) – 6
Nearly made an instant impact only to lose his footing after bursting into the box.
Subs not used: Bettinelli, Koulibaly, Humphreys, Loftus-Cheek, Fofana
PAMykhailo Mudryk looked to make an impression on his Chelsea debut[/caption]