What are the main points for Rodgers’ men to take from the game?
Jose Enrique: Enrique very nearly capped off a man of the match performance with the winning goal as Cech saved his late effort. Enrique was solid against Newcastle, but stepped up his level against Chelsea and was the main outlet for his side throughout the match. Only Suarez completed more passes than Enrique in the final third for Liverpool today, demonstrating his efficacy in getting forward from his position. The Spanish player has only made four starts so far for Liverpool, based on this performance he should be making plenty more this season.
Possession: Very few sides will got to Stamford Bridge and come way with 57% of the possession, and today the main benefit of that was in how it neutralised Chelsea’s attacks. The Rodgers’ philosophy has been derided at times for it’s lack of results in terms of goals, but today Liverpool’s domination of the ball broke up Chelsea’s attacking rhythm, and helped set up the basis by which Liverpool came back into the game.
Suso: The only substitution Liverpool made today was vital to the game. Suso operated further up the pitch than Sahin and moved Liverpool’s passing game towards the Chelsea area with him. Whilst the youngster was not especially brilliant off his own back, Liverpool’s shift forward created natural openings to exploit, especially with many of the Chelsea players unwilling to track back.
Joe Allen: A curiously off-key performance from the Welshman saw him give the ball away on several occasion in dangerous positions. Allen was ponderous on the ball, and the pressure put on him by Chelsea’s dynamic front three even led to his normally metronomic passing faltering. As Rodgers has said before, Allen is playing in a deeper position than is natural to him, and you would expect his all round displays will become more confident when Lucas is back in the side.
Time to kick on: Liverpool again played well only for one point today, and sit 13th in the table. They have used their first eleven games well in terms of blooding new players in the side, and adjusting to the new system under Rodgers. Now they have to kick on. In their next ten league games Liverpool play seven of the other nine sides in the bottom half of the table, they need to convert their performances into three points in the majority of those matches.