Liverpool vs Chelsea at Anfield will bring back memories of that famous ‘Steven Gerrard slip’. No longer is Gerrard at the club or Jose Mourinho in charge of Chelsea. The situation, though, is eerily similar as Liverpool are hoping to win the English Premier League and Chelsea are looking to trip them up.
The visitors also have to win some points, as they are locked in a tight battle for the top-four spot. With Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the battle for Champions League spots, Chelsea need a win in this match.
The Reds warmed up for this tie with a win over Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Over the course of the season, Jurgen Klopp’s men have shown that they can win big and if needed, can win dirty too. The win over Porto made it 15 games unbeaten for Liverpool in all competitions.
Having said that, the Reds haven’t been dominating in the Premier League recently. Four stalemates in six matches during February – March brought Manchester City back into the title race. Plucky wins over Southampton, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur have shown that Liverpool are vulnerable.
Chelsea should provide a tough test for Liverpool, as they come with a four-match winning streak to Anfield. Together with three more teams, Chelsea are fighting for a top-four slot to qualify for the Champions League next season. Losing points in this match won’t be catastrophic, but will surely dent their chances.
The concern for the Blues comes from their away form in the Premier League. Though they have won at Cardiff in their last trip, they have lost four of their last six away games in the league. Coming up against a Liverpool side unbeaten at Anfield this Premier League season, Chelsea have their task cut out.
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Sadio Mane is one of the stars for Liverpool this season, with 17 goals and an assist in the Premier League. Of these, 13 have come at Anfield and no wonder then that the ‘Kop faithful’ are waiting for another good performance from him.
Eden Hazard has been Chelsea’s best player this season, with 16 goals and 12 assists in 32 matches. That’s almost one contribution per game for the Belgium.
Virgil van Dijk is the reason why Liverpool have been able to boast a record of just 20 goals conceded by their back four this season.
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Liverpool: 1 Alisson 2 Alexander-Arnold 3 Lovren 4 van Dijk 5 Robertson 6 Henderson 7 Fabinho 8 Keita 9 Salah 10 Firmino 11 Mane
Chelsea: 1 Arrizabalaga 2 Azpilicueta 3 Rudiger 4 Luiz 5 Emerson 6 Kante 7 Jorginho 8 Loftus-Cheek 9 Hudson-Odoi 10 Higuain 11 Hazard