Expect a thriller at Anfield
A true English thriller. That’s what you get
anytime Liverpool and Chelsea meet. Not because the side’s are packed with the
best of the best of English talent, but rather because of the high-octane, all
energy encounters this fixture has become synonymous with.
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Saturday’s late fixture promises to be no
different with both sides finding the kind of form their blockbuster managers
crave. To make the clash even more mouth-watering, Mo Salah will face his
former employers in the form of his life.
The Egyptian has been sensational for the Reds
this season and is fast becoming Jurgen
Klopp’s leading man, a thought that would’ve had you outlawed in Merseyside had
you uttered it a few months ago with Philippe Coutinho still very much front
and centre. The Little Magician’s head has clearly been turned by the prospect
of life in Barcelona, but few Reds fans appear bothered with his potential
departure from Anfield.
The real question that will be answered by
21:30 on Saturday is whether Klopp can block his porous defence. Liverpool were
“Istanbulled” in midweek squandering a 3-0 lead at Sevilla and now face Eden
Hazard, Alvaro Morata and a re-invigorated Cesc Fabregas who is nearing his
Antonio Conte has defensive problems of his
own where he plays his own version of speed dating as he seeks out a partner
for Gary Cahill. Conte had the same issue when Manchester United arrived a few
weeks ago but passed that test on the invention of his frontline and the engine
of N’Golo Kante.
If his forwards fail then this game could very
well be an entertaining end-to-end affair where the goalkeepers come squarely
into focus. If that is the case then Chelsea are the front runners as they
dominate that mini-battle hands down with Thibaut Courtois far superior to
The Blues arrive three points to the good and
a win is a necessity if they want to stand any chance of going the distance
with Manchester City. Liverpool’s hope of challenging for the title are, in all
reality, over but a win will be a massive boost to their top four hopes as well
as providing some much-needed confidence for future “top six” clashes.
Picking a winner is anyone’s game, but choosing
Mo Salah to be an anytime scorer is almost an exact science (12/10).
that, both team’s scoring seems almost as likely (6/10) while Chelsea snatching
a late winner (9/1 to win by the exact score 2-1) could make the neutral smile.