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A late Daniel Sturridge wondergoal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but it’s unlikely manager Jurgen Klopp or the club’s fans will be too happy.
It was a sloppy performance from the Reds, who could have found themselves 3-0 down having seen their players lose Eden Hazard and Willian on several occasions.
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The midfield looked to be struggling against a trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and N’Golo Kante, while several others looked a little off the pace.
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Alisson might well have been disappointed not to get down low to Eden Hazard’s opener, but will have taken plenty of confidence from the authority he proceeded to command his box with.
Should have done better with Hazards goal but appears to get his feet all wrong, allowing the ball to go in just by his glove. He later made three good saves so its unlikely his confidence will take too much of a knock.
Lost Hazard for the opening goal with a half-hearted press in the middle of the park and kept getting caught too far forward.
Will be thankful for Alissons first-half save when he lost Willian early in the match, although the delivery from David Luiz was so good it is perhaps no shame to have been so easily beaten. Sadly he then got done by the same players at the beginning of the second period as he failed to switch on. He did gradually improve, though.
For the summer signing to make such a notable difference having not seen a whole lot of action in recent weeks was a major sign of the class Liverpool have invested in.
Looked sleepy in the opening stages as he failed to get to grips with Olivier Giroud and the drifting Eden Hazard. For Chelseas opener he goes to the Belgian too late when Alexander-Arnold loses him while pressing. He got himself, and the Liverpool defence, out of trouble with Willian through on goal in the second half.
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Struggled a couple of times to deal with Giroud in the air and could have been more assertive with his passing on occasion considering how much of the ball he saw during the match.
Not his best performance but the Dutchman is reliable on the ball and capable of keeping the midfield ticking over. Central midfield: Jordan Henderson – 3/10
A very poor performance from the England international in the No.6 role as he saw the game pass him by. Henderson appeared to be frustrated when he was substituted. Lets hope he doesnt see what fans are saying about him on Twitter.
A mixed bag from the 32-year-old who at moments showed quality but at others looked to be feeling tired and is possible jaded having been relied on so much so far this season.
It was not to be the Egyptians day on his return to Stamford Bridge as a couple of poor shots and misplaced passes showed him to be off the pace. He wasnt terrible but should have done better. Jurgen Klopp will be praying its a blip.
In the first-half his best work was arguable his yellow card for a tackle on Eden Hazard to stop a counter attack but his decision making was poor throughout.
More of the same from the reliable Brazilian, he consistently does the hard yards so others dont have to.
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Was brought on surprisingly early for Salah and showed his rustiness by missing a decent chance and then being coached through the game by team-mates when he failed to mark and press the right players. An assist for Daniel Sturridges wondergoal should boost his confidence.
Only had 12 minutes on the pitch and while they werent incredible, he showed himself more deserving of a start than Jordan Henderson.
Sturridge spent four years at Stamford Bridge between 2009-2013. Many felt he wasnt utilised to the full, and this was before injuries began to take their toll.
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A player only on the field for seven minutes shouldnt get a mark but he deserves it just for the wonderful equaliser. Reminiscent of Gareth Bale against West Ham in 2013.
Martin Keown was left awe-struck by the boldness of Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser for Liverpool in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
The striker was introduced in the second half as Jurgen Klopp’s last roll of the dice after the Reds had struggled to supply the touch of class they required in the final third.
Sturridge repaid his manager’s faith in the 89th minute as he received the ball from Xherdan Shaqiri before unleashing a stunning 25-yard curling effort beyond Kepa and into the far corner.
To transform a seemingly innocuous position and situation into a game-saving strike proved all-too representative of the unpredictability and flair Sturridge has always threatened.
Reds far and wide urging him not to shoot at the time can be swiftly forgiven, purely for the fact that they won’t have been alone in doing so. Nobody in this Liverpool team takes on that shot but Sturridge.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Keown said: “That is absolutely outrageous from there. He looks up almost like Jonny Wilkinson.”
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“He’s got the arrogance and audacity to try that, he commits to it, head down, the perfect weight and it’s a wonderful goal.”
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Sturridge’s impact off the bench was a welcomed remedy to a frustrating day in front of goal for Liverpool’s familiar front three.
It also marked his latest individual audition for greater first team involvement after scoring a superb acrobatic goal against Chelsea in the League Cup during the week, as well as a header in the recent Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.
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His 50th top-flight goal not only maintained Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign, but also saw him become the Reds’ joint-top scorer across all competitions with Sadio Mane.
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The moment of individual magic he is capable of conjuring is what has made his injury woes over the years both so frustrating and disappointing. A player of his talent in front of goal should and very easily could have surpassed the 50 mark had it not been for so many cruel setbacks.
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He looks in the mood right now, and that spells danger for any opposition defence tasked with stopping him.