John Aldridge identifies six players who impressed during Liverpool's win over Chelsea

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The Liverpool legend obviously praises the goalscorers, but picks others out from an impressive team performance.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge was impressed with the performance of Philippe Coutinho against Chelsea on Saturday, but wrote in his Liverpool Echo column that it was a team effort that allowed Jurgen Klopp to get his first league win in charge of the Reds, and topple the reigning champions. 

Aldridge acknowledged that Coutinho had grabbed the headlines for his two strikes but was also keen to praise the defensive efforts of the side, as well as those who came off the substitutes bench to make a significant impact on the game. 

The Reds' legend said: "Coutinho grabbed the headlines, and rightly so, but it was a real team effort.

"I was made up, for example, with the way Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel completely nullified the threat of Diego Costa. Sakho has really stepped up to the plate since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival. He looks like the defender we thought we were buying in 2013, and he’s emerged as a real leader on the field.

"Lucas, too, is in great form. He had a bit of luck with the cards and all that, but he was brilliant. And when we turned to the bench in the second half, both Christian Benteke and Jordon Ibe were there to come on and make a big difference."

Coutinho's form has been a little frustrating for those watching him in recent weeks, but he certainly rediscovered his spark on Saturday.

After a slow start to the game from Liverpool's defence, which saw them go a goal down early on, they did not allow Chelsea to threaten much from then on, as Skrtel and Sakho had arguably their best game together as a partnership, while Lucas Leiva protected them well again - even if the Blues feel he should have been dismissed for a second bookable offence. 

Christian Benteke's impact on the game is well documented, as he played a huge part in Coutinho's second goal as well as rounding off the scoring himself, while the substitution which saw Ibe brought into the action is perhaps a little understated.

The 19-year-old provided the Reds with some natural width and pace that stretched the Chelsea back line, and had them on the back foot when they were trying to chase the game. He is another whose form has improved in recent weeks, while it also demonstrates the tactical acumen that Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.

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