Liverpool are going to host Chelsea this Sunday in the Premier League. In recent years there has been a lot of drama between these two sides and a win is very crucial for these two sides come Sunday. Liverpool are currently at the top of table, whilst Chelsea sit in 3rd. Liverpool need to win the game in order to keep up with the title race. They are currently 1st but Manchester City have a game in hand. As for Chelsea, they are fighting for the top 4 in order to get Champions League football next season.
Chelsea had a very good result against West Ham winning the derby 2-0 after two spectacular goals from the man himself Eden Hazard. Credit has to be given to Maurizio Sarri for starting players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson Odoi and Emerson in these last couple of games. Liverpool got a very good result against Southampton on Friday. They won the game 1-3 after conceding an early goal from Shane Long. Liverpool did extremely well to come back after being a goal down, goals from Naby Kieta, Mo Salah, and Jordan Henderson sealing the three points for the reds.
Going into this game, it is a must win for both the teams and both will treat this game as a final. In 2019 Chelsea have been very poor away from home, winning only 2 games against Cardiff and Fulham. Chelsea need to improve their form away from home as they take on Liverpool who are a very good side, and will certainly punish Chelsea if they
come out with the wrong mentality. Liverpool will be looking for revenge against Chelsea, as they beat them at Anfield in the Carabao Cup after a spectacular solo goal from Eden Hazard in the dying minutes of the game. Liverpool would also want to end Chelsea’s top 4 hopes in order to make up for losing to Chelsea in 2014 who ruined their best chance of winning the league after Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard slipped and Demba Ba capitalised on his mistake and gave Chelsea the lead at Anfield. Both the sides have a lot to play for and this fixture will certainly not disappoint come Sunday.
Chelsea hosted Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this season. The game ended 1-1 after Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead and then in the dying minutes of the game Daniel Sturridge, a former Chelsea player, scored an absolute banger from 30 yards out to bring his side back into the game at the 89th minute. It was one of those strikes where you just have to hold your hands up. Kepa could not do anything about it. Chelsea certainly had chances in the second half to kill the game off but Alisson kept Liverpool in the game. After this game, both sides were unbeaten in 7 games in the league and Maurizio Sarri had had a great opening spell as Chelsea manager at the start of the season.
Looking at Chelsea’s recent form, they have won 3 games on the bounce in the league and won away from home against Prague on Thursday night in the Europa league. It was certainly a very poor performance by the Blues but they got a crucial away goal in the dying minutes of the game, courtesy of Marcos Alonso. Chelsea would certainly have to improve against Liverpool as this would be a big test for them to see if they have actually turned a corner, or it would be the same Chelsea we have seen away from home against the top 6 sides this season. As for Liverpool they also have been on a very good run of form and anything less than 3 points would certainly end the chances of Liverpool winning the title this season. There is a huge rivalry between these two clubs and Chelsea have a great record at Anfield
In the last couple of years, they have also ruined Liverpool’s title dream and they could certainly do it again on Sunday. Both the sides have a lot to play for and this fixture will certainly not disappoint. It will be a very exciting encounter and it will make or break both of the team’s season.
- Liverpool haven’t won any of their last six Premier League games at Anfield against Chelsea (D4 L2); the Reds have never endured a longer winless home run against an opponent in the competition.
- Chelsea have only lost twice in their last 16 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (W6 D8), though both of those defeats came at Stamford Bridge. The Blues’ last defeat at Anfield came back in May 2012 in the Premier League (1-4).
- Chelsea have already won away at Liverpool this season, beating them 2-1 in the Carabao Cup. They’ve never won twice at Anfield within the same season, with Arsenal in 2006-07 the last side to do so against Liverpool.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 37 Premier League games at Anfield – only once in their top-flight history have they had a longer unbeaten home run (63 between Feb 1978-Dec 1980).
- Chelsea have lost their last five Premier League away games against fellow ‘big six’ opponents, including all three this season by an aggregate score of 1-11. However, the Blues have won three of their last four away league games against sides starting the day top, including a 2-0 victory at Anfield in April 2014.
Liverpool: Robertson will return to the Liverpool side after being suspended against Porto in the Champions league. Adam Lallana is expected to return to the squad after missing the last two games due to a muscle injury. Joe Gomez was named on the bench against Porto after being injured for 4 months.
Chelsea: No injury concerns as such, Marcos Alonso came back from a hamstring injury and played 90 minutes against Prague. Hudson Odoi and Emerson were not even at the bench and Sarri has said that Callum is in his thoughts for the next game.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Sunday 14th April 2019
Kick off: 4:30 pm UK time