Liverpool and Chelsea provide plenty of fireworks in 2-2 draw

Liverpool FC, Mo Salah (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool FC, Caoimhin Kelleher
Caoimhin Kelleher (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

Here are some of the top performers from Sunday’s performance.

Aside from the goal scorers in the chaotic match, here are some performers from both sides who deserve credit:

Liverpool, GK, Caoimhin Kelleher

For someone who was receiving just his second English Premier League start this season, Caoimhin Kelleher did an outstanding job between the woodwork for LFC. He made four saves on the afternoon and neither of the conceded goals he could have done anything about—another strong performance from him after his most recent outing against Leicester City in the EFL Cup.

Liverpool, CB, Virgil Van Dijk

While stats aren’t everything. Van Dijk’s presence may have been the saving grace that did not allow Chelsea to score more goals. Throughout the contest, you could see him directing fellow CB Konate in numerous situations. However, his rock-solid defense and leadership will be needed moving forward as he called the team’s blown lead ‘inexcusable’ after the match ended.

Chelsea, M, N’Golo Kante

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who did seemingly everything, had a massive impact on the match.

A world-class performance as he effortlessly dominated the midfield on his own.

Chelsea, GK, Edouard Mendy

There was at least one time each where both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane would’ve had any other keeper in the world dead to rights. However, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy put on a clinic after conceding two early goals.

This contest would’ve been three points easily for the Reds without him. But, speaking of points, the draw does no sides any favors in their hopes of catching Manchester City in the EPL table.

Manchester City is truly the winner of this match.

After Manchester City’s last-minute heroics yesterday against Arsenal, Pep Guardiola’s side couldn’t be more pleased with this outcome. Currently, they are 10 points ahead of second-place Chelsea, and while there is still time left in the season. The title aspirations for both these clubs got slightly more complicated.

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