Culpable for Liverpool's opening goal, when his hesitancy and poor communication with Ivanovic allowed Gerrard's cross to find Meireles at the back post. The keeper and Ivanovic had also suffered crossed wires in the first half, which will make it even more painful for the usually reliable Czech.
A reasonably solid display by the Portuguese but was the fall guy when the hosts needed more attacking dynamism in the last 20 minutes.
Chelsea's most impressive player. Always a threat with his left flank raids and excellent distribution and never found wanting in his own third. His ding-dong battle with Kelly was one of the most enthralling of the match.
Had a row with Cech after they got in each other's way in the first half, so one can only imagine his thoughts after another mix-up with the keeper allowed Meireles to hook in the winning goal. Nevertheless, he was probably Chelsea's biggest threat on set-pieces.
Dealt comfortably with the line-and-length solidity of Kuyt both in the air and on the deck. Led by example throughout although his harrying of the officials was not especially endearing.
Anelka's deployment behind the strikers took away the space that Lampard usually runs into with such effect. Made the odd telling pass but struggled to exert much influence in midfield.
J. Obi Mikel
Booked early on for hacking down Gerrard and could never get a grip of a midfield that was dominated by the visitors. Subbed when Chelsea went behind.
Few would argue he was not abject in the first half, when he was a static presence in the hole, although he did awaken from his slumber after the break.
Not a day of destiny for the new boy in blue. His 65th minute substitution, to chants of 'You should have stayed at a big club', would have been an embarrassment for the Spaniard. He came to life when presented with two reasonable chances but he was handled well by his former team-mates and his arrival seems to already pose more questions than answers.
Looked like to he did not quite know where to be, which Chelsea fans will hope is not a precursor of a summer of agitating. Produced one fine pass to put Torres through on goal.
A far quieter afternoon that the Spaniard might have anticipated but he was a reassuring and calming presence whenever he was called into action.
Liverpool's returning red rock made the most influential interception of the match when he magnificently blocked Torres' goal-bound shot. Defined the visitors' defiance with his commitment and leadership. A brilliant comeback.
Stationed in the middle of Liverpool's back three, the Slovak was committed, aggressive and generally the complete opposite of the shattered centre-back before the change of management. Made a super early clearance from a Cole cross.
Almost ruined Torres' features with an elbow into the Spaniard's face but that was a rare blot on an eyecatching display by the Dane. Noticeably the most offensive of Liverpool's three centre-halves.
Looks a square peg stuck in a round hole on the left flank but is showing increasing authority in the foreign role. Nearly opened the scoring with a stinging drive after cutting inside on to his favoured right foot.
The most dynamic attacker on view in the early exchanges, Liverpool's impressive youngster looked completely at home in the right wing-back role.
Led from the front at what has generally been a tough hunting ground for Liverpool during his career. His energy, dynamism and vision from a right-sided midfield role was instrumental in Liverpool's victory and he set up the game's only goal with a fine cross from the right.
A far more effective player since he has been positioned in an advanced midfield role, he slickly knitted some of Liverpool's moves together and showed his increasing decisiveness with a clinically despatched goal.
Had his very own 'Ronny Rosenthal moment' when, unmarked in the box, he diverted a Gerrard pass on to the crossbar from just three yards. Was also responsible for putting Torres through on goal early on with a shocking pass. The most likely to make way when Liverpool deploy their full attacking armoury.
Made the odd sloppy pass but deserves great credit for completely negating Anelka's influence and disrupting Chelsea's rhythm.
His lack of pace or battering-ram power makes him unsuitable for the lone striker role but strained every sinew to ensure Ivanovic, Terry and, later, Luiz, could never settle.
- 22 R. Turnbull
Made one brilliant interception and showed enough class on his debut to suggest he will fit in snugly in the back four.
- 19 Paulo Ferreira
- 55 J. Sala
Struggled to exert any influence late on. A shadow of the darling of the autumn.
- 46 J. McEachran
Brought sharpness to Chelsea's right flank when they searched for a late equaliser.