Liverpool will host Chelsea at Anfield Stadium for an anticipated Premier League encounter that promises to be thrilling on Wednesday evening.
This season has been marked by stark differences between these clubs; Liverpool are leading in the Premier League table while their counterparts from London sit 17 points back in ninth position - an unimaginable disparity.
Previewing the Match :
As recently announced by Jurgen Klopp, he announced his intention to step down as manager at Liverpool at the conclusion of 2023-24 season. Now in its final stage, Klopp hopes to leave an indelible mark by winning the Premier League crown - something many thought impossible before now.
The Reds currently lead their league by five points, and are on an unbeatable 10 match unbeaten streak since Diogo Jota scored against Norwich City. Ryan Gravenberch scored for them against Norwich. Curtis Jones, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk and Virgil van Dijk all chipped in and managed to keep Norwich at bay during that 5-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory against Norwich. Klopp has ensured his team remain unbeaten through 10 matches thus far!
On our horizon are two titanic opponents in Chelsea and Arsenal over five days.
Chelsea have seen their form return and have only experienced one loss in seven matches across all competitions since Mauricio Pochettino took charge. Their last outing saw a crushing 6-1 win against Middlesbrough to secure their place at Wembley for the EFL Cup final; although, unfortunately, their attacking prowess wasn't put to use when facing Aston Villa and ended in a draw, necessitating an FA Cup replay next month.
Injury Concerns :
Both teams are currently dealing with injury concerns that threaten to undermine their performance on the pitch. Liverpool are without key players such as Mohamed Salah, Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Kostas Tsimikas and Stefan Bajcetic due to playing for their national teams at Asian Cup tournament.
Meanwhile Chelsea are dealing with injuries to Reece James, Wesley Fofana Marc Cucurella Trevoh Chalobah Robert Sanchez.
Potential Lineups Teams expected to compete could include :
Liverpool have selected Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk and Robertson in their starting eleven; Jones, Mac Allister Gravenberch; Jota Nunez Diaz as substitutes.
Chelsea: Petrovic; Disasi; Silva, Badiashile and Chilwell; Caicedo and Fernandez; Palmer Gallagher Sterling and Broja
Prediction,nta The previous seven meetings between Liverpool and Chelsea have ended in draws, although given Liverpool's superior track record and home advantage the odds are in their favour for next week's game at Anfield.
Prediction: Liverpool will win this one 2-1 over Chelsea.