Chelsea ratings: Christensen shines in clean sheet as Werner denied much-needed goal

CHELSEA took a huge step towards a top four finish with a brilliant 1-0 win at Liverpool.

Mason Mount scored the only goal of the game at Anfield to leave Liverpool’s Champions League hopes in tatters.

There were good performances all over the pitch for the Blues tonight.

But who was the pick of the bunch on Merseyside?

Here, Simon Phillips delivers his Chelsea player ratings…

Edouard Mendy – 7

He wasn't often called upon surprisingly seeing as Chelsea were playing against Liverpool, but he did what he needed to do and swept up well at the back.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 8

A solid performance from him and he was as reliable as ever at the back. 

Some nice touches in advanced positions as well as he looked to join in attacks from deep.

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Andreas Christensen – 9

Very comfortable at the heart of the Chelsea defence once again and very competent on the ball. 

He is playing with so much confidence and he gobbled up any danger to the Blues defence.

Antonio Rudiger – 8

Rudiger was spraying the beautiful long passes around all game and looked a real threat with his vision from deep. 

His pace was also useful up against Salah.

Reece James – 7

He looked rusty at times in the first half and made a few small errors that could have caused issues. 

He certainly grew into it a bit more and relaxed in the second half. 

Jorginho – 8

Some nice over the top or through passes from him trying to make the use of Werner's pace in behind a high line at the back for Liverpool. 

Worked very well alongside Kante and complimented each other nicely.

N'Golo Kante – 8

As usual, Kante was doing what Kante does best, being everywhere and hassling the Liverpool players whenever they tried to advance with the ball. 

He also provided the assist for Mount's goal. 

Ben Chilwell – 7

A couple of decent passes in from the left that could of been threatening, and similar to Rudiger his pace was much needed today in attack and in defence. 

Much improved showing from him after some poorer form.

Mason Mount – 8

Another Chelsea game, another superb Mason Mount performance. 

He made and scored Chelsea's first half goal to put them 1-0 up, and he was the biggest attacking threat for them once again.

Hakim Ziyech – 7

Certainly improved from the last match as he looked to create with his vision. 

He didn't look as rusty as his last outing and was a decent threat in attack for Chelsea.

Timo Werner – 7

He was used perfectly by Thomas Tuchel today and even scored a goal that was later disallowed for offside. 

His pace was a real nuisance for Liverpool who play high up the pitch, Chelsea were always looking to put him in. 

He will still feel that he should have scored one of his chances though.

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Christian Pulisic for Ziyech (66 mins) – 6

Lacked a bit of intensity when he came on to be honest but was a threat in attack.

Mateo Kovacic for Mount (80 mins) – N/A

Kai Havertz for Werner (90mins) – N/A

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