It’s Liverpool v Chelsea at Anfield to kick off an action-packed month for the Blues. Aside from the traditional rivalry between these fierce rivals, the race for the top four is rapidly heating up with this match potentially being season defining for both clubs. The reigning Premier League champions have been a shadow of themselves in recent months, whereas Chelsea have started to regain their earlier season form that had many thinking they could be the ones to become the this season’s champions. Given what’s at stake, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social give their predictions as to how the Liverpool v Chelsea clash will unfold.
Liverpool v Chelsea: Introduction
What a match we have on our hands. Liverpool v Chelsea is always a blockbuster match that everyone looks forward to. Stretching back to the early – mid 2000s, this rivalry has manifested into one of the prominent ones across the Premier League and spilling over into Europe via their mammoth clashes in the Champions League over the years.
Today’s hosts and current champs Liverpool haven’t been in the best form of late. While some of this can be attributed to the heavy injury toll that they have to deal with, particularly in the defence department, there’s also a sense of the team not being able to replicate the same intensity and purpose to their play that saw them dominate the league last season. That said, they did secure a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Sheffield United after losing by the same score line against their neighbours the game before. Perhaps this was the bounce back they were looking for (hopefully not).
Pivoting to the guests, the mighty Blues, they have enjoyed a very favourable February 2021, however there were some minor bumps along the way including a 0-0 draw against Manchester United. While Chelsea has been resolute and organised defensively, there have been some question marks regarding the potency of their attack in recent times which will need to be corrected heading into the remaining set of fixtures.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the team sees the Liverpool v Chelsea clash unfolding.
Liverpool v Chelsea is always an intriguing clash that gives me both nerves and excitement. This is a game that pits together two fierce rivals that aim to be the very best. Unfortunately for us Blues it’s the Reds that have claimed that title, but it looks like their grasp on that has been relinquished to the soon-to-be champions Manchester City. For us Chelsea fans, the focus is surely finishing the season on a high which includes securing a top four spot. Standing in our way of a top four spot is our opponents Liverpool who harbour similar ambitions given they have failed to retain their Premier League crown.
In terms of this match, I sense it will be an entertaining clash against two great tacticians and footballing teams which should be easy on the eye for the wider footballing community. I anticipate we will see a similar lineup to the United clash, particularly in defence given the continued absence of Silva, however perhaps we might see Werner up top for pace and CHO promoted to higher up the pitch as well. The key one for me will be who fills the pivot role i.e. Kante and Kovacic, Kovacic and Jorginho, or Kante and Jorginho. Time will tell. Either way, I am hopeful the team appreciate the gravity of this match and put in 100% effort to win this match which will increase our chances of securing that all-important top four spot.
Final Score: Liverpool 1 – 2 Chelsea
The difficult run of fixtures for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues continues as we face Champions Liverpool at Anfield in a crucial match to potentially decide our top four fate. Back-to-back draws in the league against Southampton and Manchester United have slightly hindered our progress towards achieving a Champions League place for next season. Despite their poor run of form, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are a side not to be taken lightly as they could certainly pull off a big result on any given day. We haven’t always had it our way in recent visits to Anfield, having not won there in the league since the 2014/15 season and drawn three and lost two since then. However, this match will be a chance for us to end that run against an out-of-form Reds side.
Since the absence of Thiago Silva, the back three of Azpilicueta, Christensen and Rüdiger have been exceptional in defence and they will most likely remain there due to Silva still being unavailable. Liverpool have suffered with injuries this season especially in defence and will certainly miss not having injured captain Jordan Henderson in the team. Nonetheless, the front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino will certainly cause the Blues problems in what will be a huge clash. I expect this match to be a tough challenge and we will need to be at our very best if we are to get a result here. I have a feeling there will be a lot of goals in this one and I reckon we can edge this and pick up the three points on Merseyside.
Final Score: Liverpool 2 – 3 Chelsea
Another big clash up next for us and this this time it’s a trip to Liverpool. This is where we really start to get into a tough run of fixtures and this game is where three points could be huge in the race for top four. Hopefully we can improve on what was a frustrating 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Sunday and take the game to this Liverpool side who haven’t had the best of times of late. Liverpool’s win against Sheffield United last weekend was their first victory in the league since the end of January and their home form has been disastrous, with their last win at Anfield being mid-March. For the first time in long time, we might actually be slight favourites to win this game. We still remain unbeaten under Tuchel and we’re playing very nice football. Thiago Silva remains out but our current back three regulars have been superb of late, so I have no doubt that they will continue to perform to a stellar standard in his absence. And, hopefully our forwards can start taking their chances because we’ve been lacking that ruthless edge up front of late. You all know who I am by now, Mr Optimistic, we’re winning this game.
Final Score: Liverpool 0 – 2 Chelsea
Is there any point in expecting Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea to concede? Yes. It’s now. Liverpool are on a poor run and could set records with another home loss, enter Chelsea! In all honesty, this is now a monumental opportunity for Tuchel and his side to hit back and gain on Manchester United and Leicester who both dropped more points during the midweek fixtures before Chelsea play. But this isn’t going to be an easy ride and trying to strike the balance between defence and attack could be crucial given Liverpool’s attacking and counter-attacking ability, particularly through Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane. This is going to be a really intriguing watch and one that hopefully Chelsea can get on the right side of. With the results of the past week for all of the top sides (baring the blue half of Manchester), this isn’t a must win, but it’s close. A win could provide the intangible confidence and momentum that any team could do with and pick up progress heading into a very open top four race.
Final Score: Liverpool 1 – 2 Chelsea
Rey (Rey_Blues30 )
As Thiago Silva continues to remain out, Chelsea will have to gather themselves to hold off an underwhelming but yet threatening Liverpool team. Their disappointing season has been filled with a vast amount of injuries but their biggest collapse has been their offense. Despite their defensive woes, Liverpool has also suffered a drought in goals from their dynamic front line. Diogo Jota’s absence has severely been missed given Liverpool’s toothless attack. With Chelsea’s inconsistent backline, the Reds will still be a viable offensive force and we will have to be sharp and focused on the defensive side. Our frontline has also continued to struggle to score goals so it is of upmost important to be clinical in front goal whenever possible. I predict a physical and intense matchup but a possible opportunity for us to get back into the top four. I sense a edgy and narrow win for Chelsea due to the nature of the Reds style of play. Liverpool will be one of the first teams to come at us and leave some space behind their lines, but despite this, it will be crucial for us to not lose.
Final Score: Liverpool 1 – 2 Chelsea
Written by Matt, Luka, Tom, Rey, and RJ
Edited By: Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)
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