These teams meet for the second time this week when clashing at Stamford Bridge, although the dress rehearsal on Wednesday night was effectively between two sides who were packed with squad players for an EFL Cup game that mattered a good deal little than this encounter. That game ended up 2-1 to Chelsea, but nothing indicates a similar result this time around.
Maurizio Sarri and Jurgen Klopp will recall the big guns for a match which can be described as the biggest game of the Premier League season to date, with Liverpool putting their 100% record on the line against a Chelsea side who are also unbeaten. The visitors are 11/8 favourites with Paddy Power to get the job done.
Sarri has become a popular figure among Blues supporters already, with the Italian employing offensive tactics from the word go and the fans have seen their team beat Arsenal 3-2 and Cardiff 4-1 among other results. Some might consider the 2/1 with BetVictor as too big that they win this one.
Hazard Continues to Impress
Eden Hazard has been deployed in an advanced position and the arrival of Jorginho allied to the defensive qualities of N’Golo Kante means that the Belgium has been given carte blanche to rove forward and make things happen for his team.
However, it has been noticeable that Chelsea have been stymied a couple of times this season, with Sarri’s side most recently held to a goalless draw at the London Stadium which saw the visitors fail to carve out many scoring opportunities. No Goalscorer might be an unthinkable prospect for this clash although it’s been priced up at 14/1 with Betfred.
Previously to this, Bournemouth looked like going the distance with them at Stamford Bridge before eventually being overcome, while Newcastle were also keeping them comfortably at bay before conceding a rather soft penalty towards the end of the game.
Now come Liverpool who currently boast the meanest defence in the top flight and it’s not difficult to see why. Alisson represents a big upgrade in the goalkeeping position, with Joe Gomez joining the man mountain that is Virgil van Dijk in the central defensive position.
What has been noticeable from a Reds perspective is how influential James Milner has been so far, with the midfielder keeping Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson out of the team.
The blend looks very good and Klopp will want to see his team serve it up at Stamford Bridge as they did at Wembley and keep this excellent run going. In truth, they were far stronger than Tottenham throughout the ninety minutes and it’s likely they will be in the ascendancy here.
Salah to Score?
Mohamed Salah has the bit between his teeth once again and was noticeably playing with a smile on his face last Saturday against Southampton, with BetVictor proving to be bravest with their 17/4 quote that the Egyptian scores the opening goal against his former club.
Chelsea have conceded three goals at home already this season, with Sarri arriving from Napoli with a reputation for playing attacking football and it’s not as if a team this good are going to park the bus at home.
That said, Marcos Alonso will have to drop back into a more customary left-back position and it’s fair to say that the Spaniard is a better attacking player than a defensive one, with Salah likely to have plenty of joy against him down that flank.
Chelsea conceded twice against Arsenal when previously coming up against a difficult opponent and their manager has admitted that they are currently a step behind a Liverpool team who are bursting with confidence and belief that this is going to be a season to remember for them.