Made a smart early save from Johnson and looked in command of his box. His daft pass to Mikel put his team-mate under pressure and played a hand in conceding the opening goal.
Rightly over-confident in possession and wrongly over-confident in defence as his obvious flaws were ruthlessly exposed by Liverpool's pace and aggression. His kamikaze approach was an open invitation to the visitors' forwards that was gratefully accepted.
A bastion of reliability compared to his centre-half sidekick but that's not saying much. Looked vulnerable and creaky in face of Liverpool's nimble forwards.
Completely outsmarted and outpaced by Johnson for the winning goal in a rare below-par display from the normally reliable left-back.
A brilliant early interception in his six-yard box set the tempo for a fine display that was in stark contrast to his back four colleagues.
Improved after the break but the game often passed him by in a manner that has been a consistent feature of the marquee matches for the midfield veteran in 2011.
Quiet in the first half other than a snap-shot across the face of goal but his superb scheming in the No.10 role after the break did so much to bring Chelsea back into the game.
Given the nod ahead of Sturridge and Anelka but he was a spectator in the first half and, although his cross-shot set up Sturridge for the equaliser, the Frenchman missed a great chance to give his side the win.
Inspired Chelsea's second-half revival with his boundless energy and sensible screening of the back four after he replaced Mikel in the anchorman role. Subbed for Meireles late on.
J. Obi Mikel
Dawdled wantonly in his own half to be dispossessed by Adam in the build-up to the opening goal on an afternoon when he looked pedestrian and fortunate to be in the team. Subbed at half-time.
Rusty display by the No.11. Saw far less of the ball than he would have expected and often chose the wrong option when he got it.
Made a truly astounding save from Ivanovic's header at 1-1 and could do little about the goal.
Barely put a foot wrong apart from his poor positioning for the Chelsea equaliser. Rarely took the wrong option in either defence or attack.
His sensational solo goal sealed the win for Liverpool as he showed that Micah Richards is not the only dynamic right-back in England. Provided excellent support down the right flank in the first half and stood up well to the greater defensive examination in the second.
A lapse in concentration proved costly for the equaliser but otherwise looked solid and effective as he provided the leadership at the back in Carragher's absence.
Untroubled in the first half but jumpy in the second as he struggled to cope with the pressure from the home side.
His best display in a red shirt. By a long way. Provided an effective barrier in front of the back four alongside Lucas and some of his surprisingly effective dribbling sliced holes through Chelsea's defence. Shrewdly picked out Johnson for the winner.
Had played only 13 minutes of Premier League football this season before today but instantly provided the cutting edge that Downing has not with a calm side-footed goal and an intelligent display behind Suarez. Withdrawn in the 78th minute.
An early yellow card did not dull his appetite for the battle and his energy was key to Liverpool's greater urgency in the last 10 minutes.
Not everything he did came off but was utterly relentless in his hounding of Chelsea's back four and battled as much as anyone in red to ensure the three points. Played a key role in the opening goal and never allowed the host's defence a moment's peace.
Provided outstanding support to Suarez in the 'hole' behind the Uruguayan with his pace, movement and cleverness. His exchange with Suarez and Maxi for the opener was of the highest calibre. Faded after the break but it was still a surprise when he was subbed after 65 minutes.
Pressed relentlessly in the first half as he epitomised the red wave swarming over Chelsea but less effective after the break. Blew a great chance to put his team ahead with five minutes left.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 17 José Bosingwa
Replaced Ramires late on and could not influence the game.
- 6 Oriol Romeu
Did not get a chance to silence his many Liverpool critics after being mercilessly booed before and upon his arrival on the pitch.
- 39 N. Anelka
Demonstrated his big-game prowess by nudging home the equaliser shortly after coming on as a half-time sub. Instantly provided Chelsea with greater cutting edge.
- 32 Doni
- 34 M. Kelly
- 23 J. Carragher
- 20 J. Spearing
A smart first-time pass nearly crafted a goal for Kuyt with five minutes to go.
Helped Liverpool gain a foothold in the game after replacing Bellamy behind the Suarez and some brilliant work on the right nearly set up Kuyt for a goal.
Replaced Suarez in the 90th minute.