PLAYER RATINGS: Enzo Fernandez shines, while Mohamed Salah fumes

PLAYER RATINGS: Enzo Fernandez shines, while Mohamed Salah fumes after being substituted as Chelsea hold Liverpool to 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge

  • Chelsea held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon 
  • Luis Diaz stretched to put Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ahead, but Axel Disasi equalised
  • Watch the first full episode of Mail Sport’s podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off’ here 

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side opened the deadlock after 18 minutes, with Mohamed Salah playing a wonderful left footed pass to Luis Diaz, who arrived in the box to hammer the ball into the back of the net after 18 minutes. 

But it wasn’t long before that goal was cancelled by Chelsea’s new signing Axel Disasi, who pounced on a lofted header into the penalty area and struck the ball past Alisson to score on his Premier League debut. 

Both sides would have goals disallowed for offside in the first-half and neither could find a breakthrough after half time, ultimately sharing the spoils. 

Mail Sport’s LEWIS STEELE gives you his player ratings for both teams from an enthralling match at Stamford Bridge. 

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon

Luis Diaz (pictured) opened the scoring stretching to meet an excellent pass from Mohamed Salah and tapping the ball past Robert Sanchez in goal

Axel Disasi (middle) equalised for the hosts after 37 minutes, striking the ball past Alisson in goal to score on his Premier League debut


Robert Sanchez – 6

Was Brighton’s third-choice keeper a week ago after the Seagulls signed Bart Verbruggen to compete with Jason Steele. Now the Spaniard is Chelsea’s No 1 with Kepa Arrizabalaga set to follow Edouard Mendy out the door. Let off in the second half after passing straight to Alexis Mac Allister.

Axel Disasi – 7.5

Solid in possession, barely lost an aerial duel and even a debut goal for Chelsea’s new defender. Diogo Jota led the line for Liverpool and barely had a sniff.

Thiago Silva – 7

Turns 39 next month but the Brazilian veteran looks as accomplished as ever at the heart of Chelsea’s defence. He played some clever passes to break the lines of Liverpool’s press.

Levi Colwill – 7

Had a big job on his hands as Ben Chilwell often deserted him but Colwill stood tall and defended well on the left of Chelsea’s back line.

Reece James – 6

New captain was given a tough assignment as Luis Diaz hugged the touchline and ran at him every time he got the ball. James had a quiet game going forward.

Conor Gallagher – 7

Known more for his abilities on the ball but this was a pleasing afternoon out of possession for the Englishman, who fought hard and busied himself to keep Liverpool’s midfield players relatively quiet.

Enzo Fernandez – 8 MOTM

Often stalked by his £106million transfer fee – a British record for now at least – but Fernandez is a mercurial footballer that ran this game from Chelsea’s midfield. The Argentine will look forward to working with compatriot Mauricio Pochettino.

Carney Chukwuemeka – 6.5

Early yellow card for a high boot on Ibrahima Konate but the midfielder soon settled and had a decent afternoon. Pochettino trusts in youth and Chukwuemeka, 19, can benefit from this.

Ben Chilwell – 7

Could have had a hat-trick as he exploited spaces down Liverpool’s right-hand side with searing runs forward. Chilwell was clearly instructed to stay high and wide, which pinned back and largely nullified Alexander-Arnold’s attacking threat.

Raheem Sterling – 7

Wasteful a couple of times early in the game but grew into it from there and gave Andy Robertson a tough time with some trademark weaving runs. Could be a career-defining season for Sterling.

Nicolas Jackson – 6

Got into some good areas but was let down by poor finishing. He will go to sleep thinking about one time in the first half when the ball rolled across the box to him but Jackson got under it and fired over from close range.


Gusto – 5

Maatsen – 5

Mudryk – 6

Ugochukwu – N/A

Manager – Mauricio Pochettino – 7

Chelsea were the better team and Pochettino will probably leave disappointed not to take all three points after Nicolas Jackson and Mykhaylo Mudryk fluffed chances. But there are plenty of positives for the Argentine to take after this opening-day draw – and he seemed to embrace the Stamford Bridge crowd.

Enzo Fernandez (left) was a stand out for his side today and will look forward to working with compatriot Mauricio Pochettino

Fernandez (right) clashed with Diogo Jota (left) during the match in a heated exchange

New signing Nicolas Jackson (left) got to show off his skills in front of the home crowd but failed to convert his chances

Ben Chilwell (right) had a goal disallowed during the match for offside, with Mohamed Salah also having a goal chalked by VAR


Alisson – 7

Stood tall to deny Nicolas Jackson in the second half but had little else to do and was not at fault for Chelsea’s goal. Alisson started the move for Liverpool’s goal which resulted in Luis Diaz firing home 11 seconds later.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

The Alexander-Arnold conundrum rolls on with the new vice-captain playing some lovely passes on the ball – his assist for Mo Salah’s disallowed goal was joyful – but he was caught napping for Chelsea’s equaliser, letting Axel Disasi run free.

Ibrahima Konate – 6

Struggled with Nicolas Jackson at times but covered some good ground to make up for gaping gaps in Liverpool’s defence. Will be asked to bail out Liverpool a lot when Alexander-Arnold bombs forward this season.

Virgil Van Dijk – 6

New captain was commanding in clearing any aerial threat but this will be a big season for the Dutchman, with many questions asked of Liverpool’s defence last season. Tried an audacious overhead kick in the second half.

Andy Robertson – 5

Sterling had the run of Robertson quite a few times and the Scotsman was prohibited from making his customary charges forward down the left-hand flank.

Alexis Mac Allister – 7.5

Everything good for Liverpool came through the Argentine World Cup winner nicknamed ‘Macca’ by his team-mates. Mac Allister played a crucial role in turning defence into attack for the goal and battled hard off the ball.

Dominik Szoboszlai – 6.5

His fizzed corners really are a potent weapon for Liverpool and one of them brought what could have been a penalty when Nicolas Jackson handled in the area. Szoboszlai showed good energy and defended well, too.

Cody Gakpo – 5

Will be a valuable player to Jurgen Klopp’s side this season given his versatility – he can play on either wing, as a striker or in midfield as he did here – but this was a quiet outing for the Dutch international.

Mo Salah – 7

Beautiful assist for Luis Diaz’s opener with a phenomenal pass but had a quiet afternoon thereafter and threw a childish paddy when substituted for Ben Doak in the second half, which does not give off a good message.

Cody Gakpo (middle) had a quiet outing for the Reds this afternoon and struggled to have a big effect on the match 

Salah (pictured) was also left fuming after he was substituted by Jurgen Klopp, after he failed to score in Liverpool’s opening Premier League match for the first time since he joined

After the match Klopp (middle) admitted that he empathised with Salah, saying: ‘his reaction was absolutely okay’

Diogo Jota – 5

Has probably been the brightest spark of Liverpool’s five pre-season games but this was a quiet afternoon for the Portuguese, largely down to Chelsea’s well-organised defending. Gave away possession cheaply a couple of times.

Luis Diaz – 7

Took his goal very well after a darting run off the ball down the left-hand side, and gave Reece James a tough afternoon. This could be a defining season for the Colombian after an injury-hampered campaign last year but this was a good start.


Darwin Nunez – 5

Curtis Jones – 5

Ben Doak – 5

Harvey Elliott – 5

Manager – Jurgen Klopp – 6

A draw at Stamford Bridge should not be sniffed at but Klopp will leave knowing his side started this game well in the ascendancy and will be disappointed that Liverpool allowed Chelsea to claw back into control. Fans were frustrated at his substitutions.

Referee – Anthony Taylor – 4.5

Liverpool fans are furious that they were not awarded a penalty when the ball clearly struck the arm of Nicolas Jackson in the second half – and they have a point. Taylor gave seven yellow cards, with some for time wasting.

Attendance: 40,096

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