Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups
With their 100% start to the season on the line, Liverpool and Chelsea gear up for a Premier League box office clash at Anfield on Saturday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s team beat Burnley 2-0 in the second week of the match, while Chelsea managed to win at Arsenal by the same score.
With the Anfield faithful returning to the crime scene in the 2020-21 season, Klopp insisted Liverpool would not seek revenge against Burnley, who ended the Reds’ 68-game undefeated home run in the top flight last season.
Lightning would not hit Sean Dyche’s men twice on Merseyside as Diogo Jota’s header and Sadio Mane’s calm finish on either side of the halftime whistle propelled Liverpool to a comfortable victory after their equally dominant win over Norwich City on the first weekend.
Starting as they intend to continue, Liverpool’s back-to-back victories and clean sheets have seen it rise to third in the standings, tied on points and goal difference with Chelsea and West Ham United, and Klopp’s men will strive to take a once again advantage of the first slips of Manchester City and Manchester United.
The victory over the Clarets marked Liverpool’s seventh in a row in the Premier League, the last four of which have seen Klopp’s men record shutouts, and the Reds’ brilliant attacking contingent has helped their team score at least two goals in every game during that hot streak. .
Also unbeaten in 12 Premier League games since falling 1-0 to Fulham in March, a Liverpool side with a nearly empty medical room certainly have the look of title contenders once again, though their opponents are just as desperate. for claiming the crown.
There were no prizes for guessing who would make the net fly first at Emirates Stadium last week, as Romelu Lukaku took on Pablo Mari and Rob Holding certainly posed a problem for Arsenal’s defense.
The physical presence of the 97.5 million pound man proved impossible for the Gunners as he worked his way to mark Reece James’s center in the 15th minute, and James soon went from supplier to scorer to put the tie on the bed. with 35 minutes at stake. the watch.
Thomas Tuchel’s team may not have made many additions this summer, but Lukaku’s renewal may have given the Blues the attacking advantage they need to become true title contenders, although that tag will certainly be tested against. the 2019-20 champions this weekend.
It’s been 11 years since Chelsea last opened a Premier League campaign with three wins and three clean sheets in a row, but having restricted Arsenal and Crystal Palace to 10 combined shots earlier this month, Tuchel’s determined defense will aim to replicate such actions against one of the most famous attacks the country has to offer.
Mason Mount scored the only goal when Chelsea prevailed 1-0 at Anfield last season, but that loss represented only Liverpool’s second in 13 league games against Chelsea, who had previously failed to win in five on Merseyside turf.