Player Ratings: Unspectacular showing from Liverpool's first string but they show resolve

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Liverpool struck late to salvage a point at home to Chelsea

A late Christian Benteke header managed to salvage a point for Liverpool in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea as the Belgian capitalised on an Asmir Begovic error to stretch Liverpool's unbeaten run at home to 13 games in all competitions. 

Jurgen Klopp's side started the game pretty quickly, but Chelsea weathered the early storm and got themselves into the game, and were ahead just after the half hour mark thanks to a wonderful individual goal from Eden Hazard - who put in a fine display that would have troubled most defences.

Liverpool looked a little less composed but kept plugging away in the second half, and as the game looked as if it was going to peter out with a Chelsea victory, Begovic flapped at Sheyi Ojo's cross, allowing Benteke to nod home from close range.

The focus for Liverpool seems to be very much on next week's Europa League final and some will be glad that a couple of the more off performances came this week instead of taking place against Sevilla in Basel next week - as Jurgen Klopp selected a side that looks likely to line up in a weeks' time. 

As Liverpool brought the curtain down on their season at Anfield, here's how those that participated rated on first viewing: 

Simon Mignolet - A couple of nervy moments. One when he parried the ball into the danger zone to be cleared up by Toure then when he came for a through ball and didn't commit. Several solid stops in the second half - 6

Nathaniel Clyne - Hard to judge his performance as he was up against a player in Hazard who put in a terrific display. Probably would've wanted better himself - 5

Dejan Lovren - A couple of stray passes but didn't much wrong otherwise - 6

Kolo Toure - Should've buried a chance a 1-0 down but he did pretty well in his main duties - 7

Alberto Moreno - Not sure there is much to fault about his performance. A couple of times you think he's got an error in him but he looks a little more dangerous going forward now, and carries that bit of urgency about him - 6

Emre Can - Chelsea dealt with him well, there was rarely an occasion when the two front men were more than 10 yards away from him. Wasn't given much room to play at all in the first half, improved in the second but still didn't look his best - 5

James Milner - A quiet game from Milner, though Can not having the best of times behind him didn't help, a lot of the times he had to come deep to help out and that hurt Liverpool a little. Tactically wise to be withdrawn - 5

Philippe Coutinho - He looked a little more busy than in recent games. Tested Begovic, linked well with Sturridge, but will have wanted a little more influence on the game, though after a little lull of late, one wouldn't be surprised if he shines in next week's final - 7

Adam Lallana - Guilty of not taking a shot on when he should've done, instead opted for Sturridge in the first half. Facing sides that are willing to sit in and kill the game can expose his limitations. Creates a chance in the second half for Sturridge and got himself into one or two dangerous areas prior to his withdrawal - 6

Roberto Firmino - Picked up the ball in some dangerous areas, showed well, his decision making was a bit off but he showed flashes of his quality - 6

Daniel Sturridge - Seemed to link well with Coutinho early on but tried too much after the away end got on his back for a spell in the first half. Better in the second half but there were still occasions when he ended up in central midfield when he didn't need to - 6


Joe Allen - Gave Chelsea's midfield a few worries, not sure they expected him to play further forward but another good shift from the Welshman - 7 

Christian Benteke - Everyone around him seemed reluctant to play to him until Ojo's introduction. Right place, right time for his goal. A bigger haul and perhaps he'd have more of a chance of succeeding at Liverpool - 7

Sheyi Ojo - Equaliser stems from his delivery, could've scored from his first touch. Eventful brief cameo - 7

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