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December 29, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 41614‎
 
17′ Eden Hazard
34′ Samuel Eto'o
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

The Blues came back to beat their title rivals to move two points off the top with goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o after an early Martin Skrtel opener for the visitors

By Greg Stobart at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    2
    5
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Commanding in the penalty area and made some good saves when needed.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    2
    1
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Back up against his old foe, Suarez, but could not beat the Uruguayan to the ball for Liverpool's opener. Forced off through injury after half-an-hour.

  • David Luiz
    2
    4
    3.00

    David Luiz

    The Brazilian played well in a holding midfield role. Denied Liverpool's attacking players space in between the lines and was comfortable on the ball, playing an excellent pass in the build-up to Eto'o's strike.

  • Gary Cahill
    4
    5
    3.50

    Gary Cahill

    The England defender made some crucial interceptions and coped well with the movement of Suarez. One very important last-ditch clearance to deny Adam but booked for a bad late challenge on Suarez.

  • John Terry
    4
    0
    3.00

    John Terry

    Dominant in the air and good positionally. Never really allowed Liverpool space in behind.

  • César Azpilicueta
    1
    0
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Impressive performance from the full-back, both on the left and then the right. Strong in the challenge and covered well for the central defenders.

  • Frank Lampard
    1
    2
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Forced Mignolet into a stunning save with a rasping strike from 30 yards but was on the periphery of the game. Replaced by Mikel at half-time.

  • Oscar
    3
    4
    3.50

    Oscar

    Intelligent movement as he drifted in to space and linked up play with clever turns and touches. Great play in the box to set up Eto'o's goal.

  • Eden Hazard
    8
    7
    4.00

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    Wonderful performance from the Belgian as he threatened Liverpool virtually every time he received the ball. Scored a brilliant curling equaliser from 20 yards in the first half.

  • Willian
    3
    1
    3.00

    Willian

    Linked up well with the rest of Chelsea's attacking players, looking to cut inside from the left and play sharp passing moves with team-mates.

  • Samuel Eto'o
    4
    2
    2.50

    Samuel Eto'o

    Stabbed home just his third Premier League goal of the season in the 34th minute after excellent movement in the penalty area. Struck a one-on-one too close to Mignolet in the second half but put in a horrible studs-up challenge on Henderson and might have conceded a penalty for a stupid tackle on Suarez.

Substitutions

  • Ashley Cole
    2
    2
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    A very solid display after coming on for Ivanovic after half-an-hour. Kept Sterling quiet.

  • John Obi Mikel
    0
    1
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Did well as the screen for the back four after replacing Lampard at half-time.

  • Fernando Torres
    1
    1

    Fernando Torres

    One excellent driving run and shot after replacing Eto'o late on.

  • Simon Mignolet
    1
    2
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    The Belgian made two fantastic saves to deny Lampard and Eto'o but should have got more on the ball for Chelsea's second goal.

  • Glen Johnson
    0
    2
    2.50

    Glen Johnson

    A decent display against his former club but might have offered more of an attacking threat. When he did get forward, he looked dangerous and he tested Cech in the second half.

  • Daniel Agger
    3
    3
    1.50

    Daniel Agger Flop of the Match

    Uncomfortable in an unfamiliar role at left-back and couldn not handle the trickery of Hazard.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    3
    0
    2.00

    Mamadou Sakho

    Some sloppy defending from the Frenchman at times. Hit the bar in the second half with a looping header when he probably should have scored.

  • Martin Skrtel
    0
    1
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Poked Liverpool ahead early on and made some important challenges as Chelsea attacked with pace and flair.

  • Coutinho
    1
    2
    2.50

    Coutinho

    Lovely cross from a free kick for Liverpool's opener and looked lively on the ball, although he was often denied space.

  • Jordan Henderson
    1
    2
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    A couple of powerful runs but was unable to dominate the midfield. Snuffed out by Luiz and Mikel but did produce an excellent cross, from which Sakho should have scored.

  • Lucas Leiva
    1
    0
    2.00

    Lucas Leiva

    The Brazilian sat in front of the back four but found it difficult to handle the movement of Chelsea's three attacking midfielders. Tidy on the ball.

  • Joe Allen
    0
    0
    2.00

    Joe Allen

    Never really settled to the pace of the game before being forced off with a thigh injury in the 60th minute. Denied by Cahill when he thought he was through in the first half.

  • Raheem Sterling
    2
    0
    2.50

    Raheem Sterling

    The youngster's pace provided a dangerous outlet for Liverpool on the counterattack. Made a couple of poor decisions on the ball and faded in the second half.

  • Luis Suárez
    1
    1
    2.00

    Luis Suárez

    The Uruguayan worked hard but looked a little leggy and off the pace. Made a nuisance of himself in the build-up to Skrtel's goal but generally denied space. Should have won a penalty when brought down by Eto'o in the box.

Substitutions

  • Kolo Toure
    2
    1

    Kolo Toure

    Replaced the injured Sakho in added time.

  • Iago Aspas
    1
    1

    Iago Aspas

    Came on for Johnson in the 83rd minute but made no impact.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0