Chelsea manager Frank Lampard can continue to dream of lifting silverware in his maiden campaign as Blues boss after knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup. The Blues progressed to the last eight after a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Adrian’s blunder in the 13th minute gifted the hosts the lead as he fumbled Willian’s vicious shot into the back of the net.
A string of chances at either end made for a pulsating first half but Ross Barkley killed off the contest after the break with a fine solo goal.
Pedro and Olivier Giroud were denied goals by Adrian as Chelsea pressed for a third before the final whistle.
Express Sport brings you the home team’s player ratings from the FA Cup fifth-round tie.
Kepa Arrizabalga – 7
Back from the wilderness, he showed sharp focus and reliable shot stopping.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Wise and canny enough in this system to defend but get involved when he can.
Antonio Rudiger – 7
His strong and powerful presence tended to pop up where it mattered.
Kurt Zouma – 6
Kept his cool composure, watched the ball and was generally a hand tidy-upper.
Marcos Alonso – 6
Sometimes looks a bit leaden-footed at the back but set pieces a threat.
Billy Gilmour – 9
Quite a performance from the surprise name on the Chelsea team-sheet. Remarkable.
Mateo Kovacic – 5
Usual energetic start but did not make it to the break, adding to Chelsea’s injury woes.
Ross Barkley – 8
His goal was just what he needed. Could be the making of him in a Chelsea shirt. Statement.
Willian – 7
Having fluffed one early chance he was sharp enough with the effort that did squirm in.
Olivier Giroud – 7
It is not so much what he does as the shape he gives to those around him. Held line well.
Pedro – 7
Pace always had the Liverpool defence back-tracking but his final delivery could have been better.
Mason Mount (for Kovacic, 42) – 6
Offered an attacking outlet but failed to make mark.
Jorginho (for Willian, 51) – 6
A calming presence in the midfield.
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