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Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Venue: Anfield

Kick-off: 20:15 BST

After the pleasant surprise of the FA Cup semi-final and a win against United at the weekend, thanks, in part, to the benevolence of De Gea, tonight’s game sees us at Anfield to take on Liverpool. Not only take them on, but give them a guard of honour and then try to soak up the pressure they’ll undoubtedly put us under. They come into tonight’s game off the back of a rare defeat and without a win in their last couple of games, so there is no way they’ll want to risk losing their last home game of a title winning campaign. With things so tight at the top, we couldn’t pick a worse time to be playing them.

We come into tonight’s game off the back of a convincing win against United but our form in the league has been less convincing and we don’t have a good record in this fixture. Klopp will pick the strongest XI he’s got for the penultimate game of the season and we’ll be up against the sort of performance they put in to win the title.

Nothing about this game fills me with confidence.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, says I expect a good game from us and unfortunately a good game from Chelsea as well, and in the end we will see what happens exactly.  It’s not the easiest game I ever prepared with a team, to be honest, because there are two things tomorrow night. Usually I don’t have to think about something else apart from the football game, which helps me a lot because I can really be focused. I will try that and I know the boys will try that as well. In the end, we only can win when we are at 100 per cent and we will see if that’s possible tomorrow night.

We have to go for something as well, it’s not that we only are there and wait until the party starts. We have to save a record, a home record, stuff like this [so] for us as well there are some targets. Again, we have to see, how we do always, how we deal with it. I’m very positive that these boys will put a proper performance out there on the pitch but if it’s enough, we have to show tomorrow night.”

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, meanwhile says “Liverpool and Manchester City have shown an incredible consistency that only comes through hard work and with fantastic players and fantastic coaching.  We’re at a different point in the curve and we have to respect that and work towards it. The points don’t lie over the last few seasons but we have to have some strong targets and we want to close that gap.

I am happy to give them (Liverpool) a guard of honour.  As for the trophy lift, we will see because it might depend on other factors after the game. We go there with huge respect, we have to respect a team that won the league well.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Liverpool, Joel Matip (foot) and Jordan Henderson (knee) are out but James Milner is expected to return.

For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante (hamstring) and Billy Gilmour (knee) remain out and Christian Pulisic will need to be assessed.

TEAMS

LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Mount

LAST SEASON

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea (14th April 2019)

CURRENT FORM (ALL)

LIVERPOOL: WLWWDL

CHELSEA: WLWWLW

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea have beaten Liverpool just once in the last 10 attempts (May 2018)
  • Liverpool need just one more win for a club record of 31 in a league season.
  • A Liverpool win would equal the best Premier League home record for a season of 18 wins and a draw. It was previously set by Chelsea (2005-06), Manchester United (2010-11) and Manchester City (2011-12).
  • Liverpool have lost three of their past nine Premier League fixtures.
  • Chelsea could lose 12 Premier League matches for only the second time since 2003
  • Chelsea have conceded 49 goals in the Premier League, the most of any team in the top half of the table
  • Chelsea have kept only one clean sheet in 18 Premier League away matches this season
  • Mo Salah is unbeaten in all 56 Premier League appearances at Anfield.

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

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