Barring a slight miscommunication with Reece James early into the contest, Mendy didn’t have much to do in the opening period. He was quick off his line to collect hopeful passes forward and was calm with the ball at his feet.
It was a similar story for Mendy after the interval. He was commanding, claiming a couple of corners, but wasn’t really forced into a meaningful save by a surprisingly blunt Liverpool attack. 7
The Spaniard has been reinvigorated since being moved to the right of the back three by Tuchel and was his reliable self against the Reds.
He tucked inside often to close off space for Sadio Mane – and later Diogo Jota – to exploit but was also tight on the Liverpool forward when he got the ball.
Was much of the same from Azpilicueta after the break as Chelsea were ablel to keep the Reds at bay. 7
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With Thiago Silva still out due to injury, Christensen again started in the heart of the back three. And once again he impressed.
In the opening period, he covered off runs inside from Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, and was also integral with helping Chelsea play out from the back.
It was much of the same from the Dane in the second period. He stepped in to reclaim the ball when needed, and also showed a good turn of pace to get back and deny Mane after the Senegal international had broken through.
Christensen’s performances in recent weeks have been flawless. Does Silva even retake his spot on his return? 9
The German has become one of the ever-presents of Tuchel’s side and produced yet another impressive performance at Anfield.
He’s not always the most elegant of defenders, but Rudiger helped keep Salah in check and later Mane, who swapped wings after the Egyptian was brought off after just an hour.
Undoubtedly deserves his spot in the defence given…