Liverpool and Chelsea face off in a blockbuster match this Saturday at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp will be looking to build on his impressive start to the season while Graham Potter will be hoping to lead Chelsea back to form. Here are five things you need to know about the match: 1. Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League table with 10 points from 5 matches, while Chelsea are in 8th place with 3 points from 5 matches. 2. Liverpool have scored 27 goals while conceding just 2, while Chelsea have scored 20 goals while conceding 5. 3. Liverpool’s attacking force has been spearheaded by Sadio Mane (5 goals), Roberto Firmino (3 goals) and Mohamed Salah (2 goals), while Chelsea’s attack has been spearheaded by Eden Hazard (8 goals) and Olivier Giroud (2 goals). 4. Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will make his first appearance of the season for Liverpool, replacing Loris Karius who was dropped for mistakes against Everton last weekend. 5. This is the first meeting between these two teams since December 2016 and their fourth meeting overall, with Liverpool winning three times (1955, 1978, 2005).
Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea Preview
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be wary of Chelsea boss Graham Potter when the two sides meet at Anfield on Saturday. Potter has overseen a dramatic turnaround in results for the Blues since replacing Maurizio Sarri earlier in the season, with the club currently sitting sixth in the Premier League table.
Klopp’s side are currently fifth and have failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions, though they did secure a 3-2 victory over Napoli in the Champions League group stage last week. Chelsea will be looking to build on their impressive showing against Liverpool and take this fixture into account when making their final decision on Potter’s future.
Potter made five changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Brighton earlier in the week, including handing starts to Callum Hudson-Odoi and Andreas Christensen. Dominic Solanke was also handed his first start for Chelsea since signing from Liverpool for £58 million last summer.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea
Key Battle: Alisson v Kepa
Liverpool take on Chelsea at Anfield this Saturday in a key battle between Jurgen Klopp and Graham Potter.
Despite trailing 1-0 to Antonio Conte’s side at the half-hour mark, Liverpool managed to come back and level the score through Mo Salah just before the hour mark. However, Chelsea were not to be denied, as they secured a late victory thanks to Eden Hazard’s brace.
This match is likely to determine who reaches the final of the Champions League – with both teams currently occupying two of the four available spots. While Liverpool have struggled recently in domestic competitions, they remain one of Europe’s most consistent sides and are still able to trouble top opponents. Chelsea, by contrast, are looking for their first trophy since 2016 and will face difficult opposition in their quest for silverware this season.
Whoever emerges victorious from this clash will have secured an important victory in their bid for glory this season.
Chelsea’s Previous Anfield Victories
Chelsea have a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool, and they’ve had some great successes against their opponents in the past. Here are Chelsea’s previous Anfield victories:
2006/07: Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool
This was Chelsea’s first ever victory at Anfield, and it was also the start of a very successful period for them. They went on to win the Premier League and Champions League that season.
2013/14: Chelsea 3-1 Liverpool
This was another close victory for Chelsea, who managed to win by just one goal. This season is particularly significant because this was the first time that Klopp’s Liverpool side had lost at home in the Premier League campaign.
2016/17: Chelsea 4-2 Liverpool
This win was even more impressive than the previous two because it was achieved without any goals from Diego Costa or Cesc Fabregas. Costa subsequently left Stamford Bridge for Atletico Madrid, while Fabregas joined Barcelona in 2017.