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Liverpool vs Chelsea - Match Preview

24 Nov 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Liverpool FC

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Kick-off
17:30 GMT
25 November 2017

Chelsea FC

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  • L
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Kick-off
17:30 GMT 25 November 2017

As we head ever closer to the busy Christmas period in the Premier League, there is plenty of great top-flight football between now and then. This weekend sees a clash between two of the league’s strongest teams as Liverpool play host to Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. Jürgen Klopp’s side are 5th in the table behind both Manchester teams, Chelsea and Tottenham. The Blues are 3rd in the table after a poor start to their title defence.

STATS

  • Liverpool have struggled in the league this term and after 12 games, they only have six wins on the board with four draws and two losses. It has been the age-old Liverpool problem all over again this season as they have failed to control games that they have been leading and their 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League sums that up as they threw away a three-goal lead. Despite this, they were brilliant in their last league match as they comfortably beat Southampton 3-0.
  • Chelsea have failed so far to recreate the form they showed in last season’s title win as they have already lost three times in the league this term. They are nine points behind Man City at the top of the able and will need to improve dramatically if they are to challenge. They demolished West Brom in their last league game and their 4-0 win at the Hawthorns was the last of Tony Pulis’ reign for the Baggies.
  • After his summer signing from Roma, there haven’t been many better forwards in Europe than Mohamed Salah. He is the Premier League’s top goal scorer with nine goals.
  • One player who is hot on the Egyptian’s heels is Alvaro Morata of Chelsea, who has eight goals this season. There is a player in the English top flight who has been directly involved in more goals than the Spaniard.

HEAD TO HEAD

Chelsea have struggled against Liverpool in the last couple of years and they haven’t beaten the Merseysiders in the last seven meetings across all competitions. In six of those seven matches, both sides have scored but there have been more than 3.5 match goals in just one of them with four 1-1 draws! The last time Chelsea beat Liverpool was just over three years ago as Diego Costa and Gary Cahill pulled it back for the Blues after Emre Can’s opener.

LIVERPOOL NEWS

A win for the Reds would definitely take them into the top four as they would leapfrog Chelsea and if Spurs were to lose or draw, Klopp’s side could go third. They may also have a couple of players returning from injury as Adam Lallana is expected to make it into the side after a hamstring problem while Joel Matip should also be included in the matchday squad.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

21.11.2017 UEFA Sevilla FC Liverpool FC 3:3 D
18.11.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Southampton FC 3:0 W
04.11.2017 Prem West Ham United Liverpool FC 1:4 W
01.11.2017 UEFA Liverpool FC NK Maribor 3:0 W
28.10.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Huddersfield Town 3:0 W

CHELSEA NEWS

Chelsea can overlap Manchester United with three points against Liverpool but may also find themselves in fifth by the end of the weekend if they lose. Victor Moses could return to the squad after a hamstring injury but it is too early for Michy Batshuayi to recover from injury.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

22.11.2017 UEFA Qarabag FK Chelsea FC 0:4 W
18.11.2017 Prem West Bromwich Albion Chelsea FC 0:4 W
05.11.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Manchester United 1:0 W
31.10.2017 UEFA AS Roma Chelsea FC 3:0 L
28.10.2017 Prem Bournemouth AFC Chelsea FC 0:1 W

SUMMARY

This looks set to be a high-scoring game, despite the lack of goals in this fixture over the last few years. Chelsea have the marginally stronger team and better form but on their day, Liverpool are devastating at Anfield and their star-studded attack can be among the best in the world. A draw is a real possibility and I can see there being plenty of goals.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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