The Belgian's form has been mixed in recent weeks but he pushed away Cole's early effort from distance confidently and picked Chelsea's first corner out of the air after 35 minutes. Could do little to stop Ba giving the visitors the lead or Willian completing the scoring late on.
Sliced an early clearance but soon settled down, starting Liverpool's first spell of possession with a fine ball to Lucas. Showed impressive strength to win the ball off Salah 24 minutes in. Consistent as ever.
Had a fine chance to break the deadlock from a matter of yards but sliced his effort over. Was superb defensively, breaking from the defensive line to cut Chelsea's attacks out early.
Lazy in clearing the ball from defence on occasion, snatching at it when the easy ball was there. Otherwise solid, meeting plenty in the air.
Broke forward to support Sterling but was lacking a final ball too often. Looked a little like the occasion had got to him at times.
Kept everything ticking over in the middle for Liverpool, giving his defenders an option and retaining possession well. Was sacrificed for Sturridge as the hosts chased an equaliser.
Was put under immense pressure from Salah but stood up to it and held his own. Struggled, however, when Matic got physical in the centre of the park. So nearly bagged a fine equaliser, but was kept out by Schwarzer.
Had a clear but difficult chance to open the scoring on the volley 11 minutes in but fired into the side netting. Was a little off with his aim when passing but typically worked his socks off.
Slipped at the worst possible moment seconds before half time, letting Ba in on goal to give the Blues a lead. Cut a frustrated figure as the game wore on, failing to test Schwarzer from distance despite having numerous attempts.
Seems to be running off an endless supply of confidence. The youngster started in electrifying fashion, bursting down the right flank and continued the feat time and again. Always looked dangerous.
Let his feet do the talking after his infamous bite incident during this fixture last season. Delivered a fine ball from the right to Coutinho and nearly sliced an assist into the path of Sakho. Curled over shortly before half time and peppered the Chelsea area with efforts in the second half.
Was outstanding in Madrid on Tuesday night as he came off the bench to keep a clean sheet against Atletico and once again showed his worth, pulling off a great save to deny Allen an equaliser from distance.
Looked to guide Kalas through the early exchanges and was chief in leading Chelsea's gamesmanship in defence. Extremely disciplined at the back.
The young Czech is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge but was understandably nervous on the ball, looking shaky when Suarez et al put pressure on him. Inches from meeting a corner just before half time.
Pulled the trigger from 25 yards only five minutes in and forced a save from Mignolet. Then cleared a ball off the line after Suarez's corner hit Mikel. A vital, experienced head for the big occasion.
Never looked like putting a foot wrong on the right side of defence. Kept it simple and rarely ventured forward but stuck to his job at full-back expertly. Composed, tireless and, quite simply, brilliant.
Outstanding in retrieving possession when Liverpool threatened to counter. Was too strong for Allen and Coutinho at times.
The Egyptian was absolutely everywhere. Chasing lost cause after lost cause with electric pace. Turned the game from defence to attack for the visitors before coming off on the hour mark.
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Was briefed to break down Liverpool's midfield play by any means necessary and worked well alongside Matic. Rarely saw the ball going forward, as Chelsea opted to pitch it over the top of the midfield.
Pulled out a couple of fine early tackles to stop Sterling as Liverpool piled the pressure on in the opening 15 minutes. Sat deeper than he usually would but never looked phased.
Was swarmed by Liverpool players every time he found himself on the ball. Was forced to come inside to get time in possession but showed little creatively.
Preferred to Fernando Torres up front as expected and was an archetypal target man, looking to meet every long ball pumped up from defence. Took advantage of Gerrard's mistake superbly, coolly sliding the opener past Mignolet. Woefully gave the ball away as he tired late on.
Brought on for Salah with half an hour remaining as the Blues looked to maintain their discipline and found the net at the death to give his team a more convincing win.
Replaced Ba in the dying minutes and raced through to set up Willian for the goal which added a layer of gloss to the scoreline.