Liverpool vs Chelsea: Match Preview

Chelsea’s command over their first two Premier League games will be put to its sternest test as they travel to Anfield to face a rejuvenated Liverpool side. Jürgen Klopp has made headlines for his comments over the supposed “brute physicality” Burnley imposed on his team this past weekend. Despite his complaints, Liverpool triumphed at home from goals from, Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota. With Chelsea’s convincing victory over the Gunners this past Sunday, more expectation has arrived on Tuchel’s shoulder to contest Liverpool in a more equal fashion. It’s Red against Blue in another primary Liverpool vs Chelsea encounter!

The rivalry between the Blues and the Reds has significantly escalated over the last decade. The infamous ‘Gerrard Slip’ will always come back to haunt Liverpool fans over their failed task back in 2014. The chance to win the league was squandered after Chelsea spoiled the Reds in Mourinho-esque style in their very home. Since then, Liverpool has risen from the ashes and has become one of the most dominant football teams in Europe in the past few years. Similarly, Chelsea has also been resurrected as one of the top teams under another German tactician in Thomas Tuchel. The two well-acquainted German managers will square off in what should be a very entertaining collision. 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Sadio Mane of Liverpool is challenged by Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on March 04, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool vs Chelsea: Match Facts

Head-to-Head

It is without question that Liverpool is the quote on quote “Bigger Club” in terms of history and pedigree. This of course translates to the overall record in head-to-head encounters with Liverpool leading the tally with 82 total wins. The Blues have only beaten the Liverpool side 65 times in 188 matches while drawing 41 times. Our last 5 meetings have gone in favor of the Reds with Chelsea only getting 2 wins over the past 2 years. Before Thomas Tuchel arrived, Liverpool alongside Manchester City, were the top two dogs in English football. Over the past 7 months, that has changed. Both Chelsea and Manchester United have imposed themselves as rivals increasing the competitiveness in the Premier League.

Liverpool (Last 5 Competitive Fixtures) – W W W W W

Chelsea (Last 5 Competitive Fixture) – L W W W W

 However, many have debunked Chelsea’s efforts and credibility due to the fact the Liverpool was missing key players. But despite the excuses, Liverpool has not lost a competitive game since their elimination from Champions League Quarter-finals against Real Madrid. Their leaky defense from last season has tightened only conceding once in their last 5 competitive games. Chelsea’s last real defeat came at the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season against Aston Villa. 

Historic Clashes 

This will be the 189th time these two clubs bump heads. The two prestigious English clubs have both respectively won at the highest level showing their worth to the Football world. This Saturday is no different. Under our former manager, Frank Lampard, Chelsea struggled to deal with the Merseyside club, only managing one win in 5 encounters. The Chelsea legend was no stranger to quarrels as his former playing days consisted of heated matches against Liverpool’s icon, Steven Gerrard.  

Heated words were exchanged in the 19/20 campaign between both managers as Lampard was not hesitant to stick up for his players during a match at Anfield. Despite the loss, Lampard was given a double-edged judgment for the minor squabble. Some fans gave the Chelsea legend praise for his brave approach over the Liverpool coach while others labeled the heated argument as unprofessional. Nevertheless, Lampard never truly was able to outsmart the German manager as the Liverpool side proved too mighty for the Blues. 

Fast forward 6 months, Klopp finally met his match. A familiar face from Bundesliga went on to outdo the Reds successfully. Not only did Tuchel catch Liverpool in their toes, Chelsea never truly looked under pressure in their last matchup. Tuchel’s experience over the years has given him the additional intel to counter Klopp’s aggressive game-plan. Chelsea’s youthful pace in Timo Werner and Mason Mount caused all sorts of havoc on Liverpool’s depleted defense. With Liverpool’s Virgin Van Djik back in the fold, Chelsea will test their fleet against the revitalized side. 

Liverpool vs Chelsea: Team News & Predicted Lineups

Liverpool 

Jürgen Klopp never truly shy’s away from criticism over the league and it will be interesting to see how he approaches Saturday’s game against Tuchel’s experienced side. Both teams are now much more different than what they were back in March with several players returning from injury. One of the departments that have considerably improved is Liverpool’s defense. The reintroduction of defensive anchors, Virgil Van Djik and Joel Matip have notably repaired Liverpool’s woes at the back. The only real injuries for the Reds are Fabinho who managed to return to train a couple of days ago.  

Liverpool vs Chelsea - Predicted Liverpool XI
Predicted Liverpool XI: Allison; Van Djik, Matip, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold; Henderson, Keita, Thiago; Salah, Mané, Jota. 

Chelsea

The Blues themselves have continued their momentum from the end of their last campaign. Several first-team players eased back into the squad due to their international duties. Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are the two noteworthy names that could return this Sunday but of course, that will be up to the gaffer. Marcos Alonso’s impressive preseason has earned him the spot as the starting left-wingback keeping Chilwell at bay. The Danish centre-back, Andreas Christensen, is another key player that has remarkably earned his way back into the starting 11 with his outstanding improvement. His doubts as a 1st team defender were cast away with his spectacular performances in the middle of the back 3. Replacing Thiago Silva in the middle of the Champions League final cannot be forgotten and it is most likely that he will feature against the Reds at Anfield.

Liverpool vs Chelsea - Chelsea Predicted XI
Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy; Rüdiger, Silva, Azpilicueta; James, Alonso, Jorginho, Kanté; Mount, Werner, Lukaku. 

The only absentees for the Blues are Christian Pulisic and Ruben-Loftus-Cheek. They, unfortunately, tested positive for COVID in the past two weeks leaving them in quarantine for the time being. I expect an almost identical team sheet from this past weekend along with some minor changes. The electric pace from Timo Werner could be a factor Tuchel could utilize once again as the German forward was a huge catalyst in our last victory over the Liverpool side. 

Match Details 

  • Liverpool vs Chelsea
  • Date / Time: Saturday, August 28th, 2021, 17:30pm BST; 12:30pm EDT
  • Venue: Anfield 
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Craig Pawson. VAR: Chris Kavanagh. Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis. 
  • Forecast: Cloudy/Overcast
  • On TV: Sky Sports Main Event (UK), NBCSN, Telemundo (USA)
  • Streaming: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Liver, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA) 

Final Thoughts and Match Predictions 

Liverpool vs Chelsea always makes headway especially if it’s two astute managers going at it. From Bayern vs Dortmund to Chelsea vs Liverpool, these two old foes will face each other one more time for round 2. Thomas Tuchel will have his hands full in how to deal with Liverpool’s dynamic attack. Unlike Sunday’s matchup in Pablo Mari, esteemed defender, Virgil Van will more than relish the opportunity of a physical duel. Klopp’s aggressive and organized press will be one of the many key factors in Chelsea’s game plan.

Despite the effectiveness of their high-line, Liverpool has been caught out various times throughout the last year and a half from teams such Watford, Aston Villa, and the Blues themselves. Chelsea could very well have the counter to their electrifying attack as our ranks have significantly improved. The expectancy for consistency is at a new level for Tuchel. His well-structured team has so far been a recipe for success. Nonetheless, I expect a high and intense contest between the two powerhouse clubs, and the challenge to ruin Liverpool’s winning streak has never been better. 

Written by Rey Stevinho (@Rey_Blues30)

Edited by Dan Hill (@idanknow05)

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