Liverpool, Chelsea ready for Anfield clash
Chelsea will hoping to steal a march on their rivals
at the top of the Premier League by beating an
out of form Liverpool side at Anfield on Saturday,
according to AFP.
Victory for Jose Mourinho’s side would take them
seven points clear of Southampton – and nine
ahead of Manchester City – before the others
have even kicked a ball.
But Chelsea will be wary of a Liverpool backlash
after last season’s 2-0 smash and grab win at
Anfield, on a day when they frustrated the home
side by slowing down play and took advantage of
Liverpool mistakes to earn victory.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is under
pressure from fans and he heaped more pressure
on himself after he controversially dropped
captain Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli and
Raheem Sterling to the bench amongst seven
changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Newcastle
on Saturday in the 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in
their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
Mourinho openly questioned Liverpool’s policy in
mid-week of playing a weakened team in a
Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.
But the Portuguese will be focused on his own
team, with Diego Costa and Oscar likely to start,
after coming off the bench in the their
Wednesday draw at Maribor.
Liverpool have been suffering a hangover after
last season’s near miss, while the loss of Luis
Suarez to Barcelona and the absence of Daniel
Sturridge have been key factors in their slow start.
While second-placed Southampton, who play
Leicester, will be ready to take advantage of any
slip-up from the leaders, third-placed Manchester
City have to pick themselves up after another
Champions League upset.
City are in London to face second-bottom QPR
and will again be without playmaker David Silva,
though Frank Lampard could return from injury.
Fourth-placed Arsenal, shocked by Anderlecht’s
late comeback from 3-0 down to 3-3 in the
Champions League, travel to Swansea while
Newcastle will try to continue their recent
improvement by winning at West Brom.
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