Steven Gerrard, Liverpool FC
He has been Mr Liverpool for so many years and won so many games on his own, but he’s doing what the manager wants him to do at the moment.
When Lucas Leiva is back, it’ll release Gerrard to play further forward and that should equate to more goals.
Fair play to Rodgers for changing the five-man defence after an hour. It wasn’t working, Liverpool were not much of a threat going forward and could have been 3-0 down.
But they weren’t. And it’s a good point, and an even better one given the circumstances in which it was achieved.
It was funny that, having complained that Luis Suarez doesn’t get enough support, the one game in which he does get a strike partner in Raheem Sterling, he was more isolated than ever with a distinct lack of service.
But once they switched to a flat back four, Liverpool could then get more players in and around Suarez and, surprise surprise, he suddenly became a lot more of a threat.
I’m fascinated with how any new signings in January will change how Liverpool will play. Playing 4-3-3, you want someone playing off Suarez. And it will make him an even better player, which is saying something given how well he is doing this season.
Sunday was a good day to judge the young and new players, to see how far they have come. Sterling looked dangerous when in his best position, but for Nuri Sahin, and a lesser degree Andre Wisdom, it looked a little too much at the moment. But Chelsea away is never easy.
Liverpool are doing okay. They aren’t great. Suso and Sahin, for me, still look a little lightweight, so too Fabio Borini, as did Allen, too, on Sunday, but has been pretty impressive for the most part.
Rodgers needs to get his big hitters in position where they can prove they are big hitters. And Gerrard remains one of those.