Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi
The biggest game of the season. Liverpool’s form against Chelsea of late has been woeful; three wins in 18 meetings across seven years.
Tuesday’s game was comfortable enough but did highlight some defensive issues where Porto were unlucky not to score. We can’t allow Chelsea those chances – not in a game where the league title once again will be in the balance.
Chelsea have had little time to prepare for this game, and there are positives to be taken from some of their poor performances this year. That said, they always turn up against us; the Reds have to be ruthless.
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Here’s how we should line up:
The back five can return to our most consistent this year. Lovren had a decent game on Tuesday, but Klopp will consider how few minutes the Croatian has played recently. Matip and Robertson come back in.
Fabinho maintains his position at the six, behind Henderson who continues to prove doubters wrong. We’d love another goal in the mould of the captain’s strike at Stamford Bridge a couple of seasons ago.
A highlight of the past week has been the performances of Naby Keita who has shown why we signed him during his last two matches. Despite this, Wijnaldum should be fresh after a 9-day rest. This game suits Gini more – we need to apply a level of control against a stubborn Chelsea side who will likely field both Kante and Jorginho – our pressing has to be relentless.
The front three remains the same. Everyone is hoping for a Salah goal on Sunday.
This is the game we need to win if we are going to win the league. The Reds have a favourable run of games in-between City’s tricky patch. Beating Chelsea on Sunday applies maximum pressure to Guardiola and co.
A 3-0 lead in the first half would be nice, can we have one of those games which we saw against Arsenal? The stress of the games in recent weeks has everyone hoping for the reality of the Premier League to show some mercy – but it’s never going to be that way, particularly when competing with a side who have invested £1.5 billion of net spend into their team.
Score Prediction: Liverpool 3 – 1 Chelsea
Article by Adam Brown – @AdamMNVi
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