Chelsea player ratings v Liverpool: Courtois and Hazard prove the stars

Chelsea earned a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the first-leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final, with Raheem Sterling's 59th-minute strike cancelling out Eden Hazard's first-half spot-kick.

Thibaut Courtois 8.5/10 – With his thumb healed, Chelsea’s number one showed his value at Anfield, making superb saves from the likes of Gerrard, Lallana, Henderson and Sterling to keep his side in the driving seat ahead of the second-leg.

Branislav Ivanovic 6/10 – Didn’t look quite so comfortable in possession on this occasion but did prove a commanding presence in defence.

Gary Cahill 7/10 – Had to deal with a sparkling Sterling but stuck to his task, preventing his England teammate from breaking through the back four on several occasions.

John Terry 7/10 – Another commanding performance from the skipper, whose trademark blocks and headers repelled a number of Liverpool’s attacks.

Filipe Luis 6.5/10 – Kept the in-form Lazar Markovic in check for the 90 minutes, while providing solid support to Hazard down the left.

Nemanja Matic 6.5/10 – Made a rare error for Sterling’s second-half strike, allowing the forward to turn, dribble and shoot past Courtois for the opener. Otherwise his dominant self, though.

John Obi Mikel 6/10 – Drafted into the side for Oscar, the Nigerian was solid enough in front of the back four, although better positioning might have seen him clean up Matic’s error for the goal.

Willian 5/10 – Looked keen to get involved but made little impact when on the ball.

Cesc Fabregas 6/10 – Wasn’t the influential performance we’ve come to expect from the Spaniard this season, but it’s hard to fault what was still a neat and assured outing.

Eden Hazard 8/10 – Won Chelsea’s first-half spot-kick and had little trouble dispatching it for the opener – unlike his compatriot last night. If the visitors were going to get a second, it was going to come from him.

Diego Costa 6/10 – Kept the Liverpool defence on their toes with his sheer presence alone, but will be somewhat frustrated at failing to get on the scoresheet.


Cesar Azpilicueta (Willian 89) N/A – Made a late cameo to shore up the defence.

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