Liverpool vs Chelsea Player Ratings

Luis Suarez scored a last-gasp equaliser for Liverpool as they came from behind to rescue a 2-2 draw in hugely controversial game.

Enrique tussles with Ramires for the ball

By FOX SPORTS Staff

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, making his return to Anfield in the opposing dugout, stole the limelight before kick-off, and it was his team which took the lead in the 26th minute as Oscar headed home from Juan Mata's corner.

The introduction of Daniel Sturridge, up against his old club, during the break revitalised Liverpool, and the England international made a near-immediate impact when tapped the ball into the back of the net after being set up brilliantly by Suarez. The Uruguayan striker then turned from hero to villain when he foolishly handled the ball in his own penalty area, and Eden Hazard duly converted the resulting penalty.

Suarez was then involved in a contentious incident when he appeared to bite Branislav Ivanovic on the arm, but despite the Serbian defender's fierce protests, the 26-year-old went continued the game unpunished. 

And it proved to be a critical decision by the referee as Suarez popped up with a dramatic equaliser in the final minute of stoppage time to put a dent in Chelsea's hopes of finishing in the top four.

Here, FOX SPORTS rates the players who took to the pitch at Anfield.

Liverpool 

Pepe Reina - 7

Reina was generally stable in goal and exuded authority whenever he came to collect the crosses.

Glen Johnson - 7

Johnson showed much attacking intent and helped create several good chances for his strikers. The England international still looks unstable when defending but he more than makes up for it with his spirit.

Jose Enrique - 6.5

Enrique had one of his quieter games for Liverpool this season, but he still managed to do enough to prevent Azpilicueta and Ramires from doing too much damage down his flank.

Daniel Agger - 7.5

Agger cut a calm figure at the back for Liverpool and made several important interceptions to cut out Chelsea's attacks. The Danish international kept Torres quiet for majority of the game and helped drive his team forward from defence.

Jamie Carragher - 7

Carragher may have lost a fair amount of pace (not that he ever had much to begin with), but his impeccable reading of the game more than makes up for it. The experienced centre-back helped organise his side's defence and was not afraid of putting his body on the line to block Chelsea from getting their shots away. He was however at fault for letting Oscar give him the slip to score Chelsea's first goal.

Lucas - 5.5

It was not one of the Brazilian's best games for Liverpool. Lucas gave away possession too easily and committed several silly fouls in dangerous areas which presented Chelsea with opportunities to test the Reds defence via set-piece situations.

Steven Gerrard - 7

Liverpool's 'captain marvel' was muted for majority of the game and only offered an attacking threat late on when he was pushed forward in a more attacking role. Nonetheless, Gerrard played his part for his team defensively and helped break up several promising Chelsea moves.

Jordan Henderson - 7

Henderson troubled Chelsea's defence with his clever off-the-ball running early on but his influence waned as the game progressed. The former Sunderland player worked hard to win back possession in the middle of the pitch but failed to do much with the ball whenever he had it.

Stewart Downing (80' off) - 7.5

Downing was a constant threat for Liverpool on the right flank and set up several goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates. The England international also helped out his defence whenever needed and made a few good tackles during the game.

Philippe Coutinho (45' off) - 6.5

Coutinho could probably count himself unlucky to have been taken off at half-time after a decent first-half. The Brazilian was tricky and displayed his creativity with a number of intelligent passes, but his final ball was often found wanting.

Luis Suarez - Impossible to rate

Where and how does one start with evaluating Suarez's performance on Sunday? The Uruguayan was a peripheral figure in the first-half but sprung to life after the break, setting up Sturridge to score with a brilliant first-time cross. Suarez then needlessly conceded a penalty, which Hazard converted, after slyly handling the ball in his box.

But the former Ajax player's eventful day did not end there.

Suarez was involved in one of the most controversial incidences in the history of the Premier League when he appeared to bite Ivanovic's arm in anger midway through the second half. And the 26-year-old had the last say on the outcome of the game when he headed home Sturridge's cross into the box.

After such a topsy-turvy game with countless ups-and-downs, we are just going to go with "impossible to rate" for the unfathomable Suarez.

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge (45' on) - 9

Sturridge will have played his way into first-team contention after his lively showing in the second half turned the game, which was going all Chelsea's way in the first-half, around in Liverpool's favour. Confident on the ball and positive, the 23-year-old tormented his former employers when he came on and was deservedly rewarded with a goal and an assist.

Jonjo Shelvey (80' on) - N/A

Chelsea 

Petr Cech - 7.5

Cech was the busier of two keepers and made several smart stops during the game, including a fantastic reaction save with his legs to prevent Gerrard from scoring. He could do nothing about both the goals he conceded.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 6

Azpilicueta had his moments in the game but overall was too inconsistent and struggled to retain possession when under pressure.

Branislav Ivanovic - 7.5

Ivanovic will be feeling sore after this game. Not only because his side conceded a last-gasp equaliser but because his vehement protest with regards to Suarez's alleged bite on him fell on deaf ears. And if the allegations are true, then Ivanovic's arm must surely be feeling sore now as well. The Serbian will count himself unlucky not to have been on the winning side after a fantastic performance at the back.

David Luiz - 7.5

 Luiz seemed a little uncomfortable when handling the unpredictable Suarez and made several uncharacteristic errors in defence. However, the Brazilian did win his fair share of tackles and defensive headers and Benitez will be pleased at the way the 25-year-old commanded the defence.

Ryan Bertrand - 6

Bertrand's relative inexperience showed as Downing and Johnson repeatedly exposed his lack of tactical awareness and poor positioning. The 23-year-old will surely get better over time, but for now, Benitez will undoubtedly be feeling tempted to drop him for the next few games.

Ramires - 6.5

The Brazilian midfielder was an energetic presence in the midfield for Chelsea but too often failed to make the most of the ball whenever he had it.

John Obi Mikel - 4

It was yet another poor showing by Mikel in the middle of the pitch. The Nigerian failed to make any meaningful contribution for his side and needlessly conceded fouls in dangerous areas on several occasions.

Eden Hazard (77' off) - 7.5

Hazard showed glimpses of his immense quality and lit up the game with his riveting dribbling. The Belgian, who kept his nerves to score a penalty, seems to have picked up form at the right time for Chelsea and will be relied on heavily as the Blues fight to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Juan Mata - 7.5

Mata was once again the conductor for Chelsea in attack and strung the passes around with ease in the first-half. The former Valencia player managed to get himself an assist but seemed to struggle with his fitness in the second half and could not influence the game as much as a result.

Oscar - 8

Oscar was one of the better players on the pitch for Chelsea and looked a threat whenever he was on the ball. He made Reina work with several shots from range and scored a superb goal when he evaded the attentions of Carragher to divert Mata's cross from a corner into the back of the net.

Fernando Torres - 5.5

It was a largely forgettable return to Anfield for Torres who failed to make an impact in the game. The Spain international was too stagnant up front and just could not get the better of both Carragher and Agger.

Substitutes

Yossi Benayoun (77' on) - N/A

Victor Moses (84' on) - N/A

Frank Lampard (91' on) - N/A



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