It was only the second matchday in the 2020-21 Premier League season. Chelsea hosted Liverpool at Stamford Bridge and lost 2-0. At that point of time no one who have predicted Liverpool’s decline. While Chelsea were expected to struggle to finish in the top four. However, right now the situation is such that both of them have to fight for a place in the top four.
The race is extremely tight and the top four spots come at a premium. A victory for any one of them will be a huge boost. Currently, only one point separates both teams. For Liverpool, it will get them into the top four and for Chelsea, it will further solidify their place.
However, the fixture hasn’t really been very favorable to Chelsea. Since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp only once have the Blues managed to beat the Reds. In the Premier League, Klopp has won 6 games and drawn three times. In the previous four meetings between the clubs, Liverpool have won all of them. But Chelsea will have no better time and place to get a win. Liverpool have lost their previous four home games. Currently, they aren’t in very good form as well.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Pre-match Analysis:
It is unlikely that there will be any surprises when it comes to the formations. Liverpool will go with their standard 4-3-3. Chelsea under Tuchel have played a 3-4-3 formation. The Reds will try to bombard the Blues with crosses from the wide areas. Not only this, the switch of play from one full-back to another will be crucial. Chelsea have tried to counter-press teams and play on counterattacks. Tuchel is aware of the Anfield magic. Though the fans won’t be there but it is still a special place. The London giants will sit back and let the home side dictate the game.
Their chances for goals will come on counter attacks. It is possible that Kante could be employed to stop Thiago from running the game. While on counterattacks, Chelsea will try to target him because of his lack of pace. As Thiago will try to run the game in the midfield, Firmino will drop deep to help him build up. If Chelsea are successful in stopping this build-up through Firmino and Thiago, they will have a chance in the game. There will be times when Chelsea will be in possession as well. They have often struggled to open up defenses and Liverpool will be even tougher to open up than their previous opponents.
Team News and Injury Update
The Reds will welcome back Allison Becker in between the sticks. Fabinho and Diego Jota have also returned from injury. Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, and Joel Matip are long-term absentees.
Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham will miss the game due to injury. Apart from that Tuchel has no other injury concern.
Predicted Line up and Predicition
Liverpool: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Fabinho, Andy Robertson; Gini Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Chelsea: Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Timo Werner; Olivier Giroud.
Predicition: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea