Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea: Player Ratings - What the media and statistics say

Deanna Kelley
September 27, 2018

Chelsea's assistant manager Gianfranco Zola suggested defender Gary Cahill could make his first start of the season while teenagers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu are also in contention.

Daniel Sturridge's well-taken volley in front of the Kop gave Liverpool a second-half lead, only for Emerson to poach an effort from close-range and Eden Hazard to produce a moment of magic with five minutes remaining.

But Emerson Palmieri bagged Chelsea's late equaliser before Belgium star Hazard danced through the Liverpool defence to notch the victor with five minutes left.

Hazard's slaloming solo slinker would ultimately win the game for Chelsea, who move into the next round.

In an all-Premier League tie, Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the last 16 by beating Watford 4-2 on penalties after the game, played in Milton Keynes, ended 2-2.

"I cannot see it better than the referee but afterwards I think the first goal is offside, perhaps the VAR can see it not the referee".

And Zola feels there is even more to come from Hazard, who was one of the star players in Belgium's run to the semi-finals at the World Cup.

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Hazard has netted five goals and made two assists in his first six Premier League appearances for the Blues so far this season to help them keep pace with early leaders Liverpool FC at the top of the table.

"This is good preparation for Saturday but we have to defend better".

He told Sky Sports: 'This result will give us more confidence. "That's the most important thing".

An entertaining game saw chances at both ends, and with the Kop in full voice, the Anfield atmosphere was fantastic. "When I received the ball I just looked for one, I see on my own so I just tried to do what I can do and I did well so we can go through".

"We hit the crossbar and had a few interesting balls, but they scored twice and we scored only once".

As for Liverpool, they can get revenge for the defeat at the weekend, with the two giants meeting again (again!) in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

"They were not really a big threat, I would say".

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