Emre Can was expected to miss the game but recovered from injury sooner than was predicted and was given a spot in the starting line-up against the Blues.
Here are three things we learned following his performance.
1. Future Captain?
Can has been making a case for captaincy ever since Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers mid-way through the first half of the season. Yet again the Germany international of Turkish origin lead by example in midfield working assiduously as well as contributing in the final third. The 22-year-old rallied his teammates until the final whistle and if the decision was left up to Liverpool fans on Twitter he probably would be captain already.
Despite returning from injury Can did not shy away from getting stuck in. The Reds midfielder worked hard defensively making the highest number of interceptions (4) and an impressive three tackles. The Liverpool star was also fouled more than any other player (4).
3. Improved Passing
Can’s passing dropped to the 60-70 percent accuracy range a few months back but he has worked on his passing game recently and made 67 passes at an 85 percent rate helping his side keep possession.