Liverpool vs Chelsea: Match Preview

It was an April Sunday in the year 2014, when Liverpool invited a make-shift Chelsea team to Anfield, hoping to give them a footballing lesson. They were already cruising in the Premier League, scoring for fun against other teams, hoping to regain their lost glory after 24 years, with only 3 matches to go.

But little did they know that Chelsea had other plans. A team almost devoid of first choice players displayed a magical defensive demonstration. Chelsea hit them on the counter, and with a little help from Gerrard’s slip, scored two unanswered goals, ending their title charge. This Saturday, Liverpool will be itching for revenge.

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As far as strikers are concerned, Chelsea have both Diego Costa and Didier Drogba fit and available for selection while Loic Remy is still out. John Obi Mikel is another player who will be unfit for this match, but Ramires may make his first start in the Premier League to solidify the midfield after being out for quite a while. Thibaut Courtois and Gary Cahill will be fresh after being rested in the Champions League match in midweek while Azpilicueta will return after serving a 3 match ban after being sent off against Crystal Palace.


Striker Daniel Sturridge is a major doubt for the match on Saturday. Jose Enrique, Mamadou Sakho, Jon Flanagan and Suso are all ruled out for this match. Brendan Rodgers had rested most of his first team players against Real Madrid on Tuesday keeping this match in mind. He will thus call upon the likes of Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Phillipe Coutinho, Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, Javi Manquillo and Raheem Sterling back into the starting eleven. But after a strong showing against Real Madrid, Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva, Emre Can, Fabio Borini and Lazar Markovic may be also called into action.



As usual, the November curse has brought along its problems for Chelsea. Although yet to lose a competitive match this season, Chelsea have lost that ominous momentum they had during the initial stages of the season. However with Costa nearing full fitness again, Chelsea will look to make up for their disappointing result against Maribor in midweek. Also, after drawing a blank at QPR last week, Diego Costa will be eager to get back among the goals, with Sergio Aguero giving him a stiff competition for the Golden Boot.


After a relatively poor start to the season, Liverpool played a good match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday with mostly second team players. Though they lost 1-0, Brendan Rodgers will be encouraged by the way players like Kolo Toure, Lazar Markovic, Lucas Leiva and Fabio Borini stepped up to perform. With Raheem Sterling, Phillipe Coutinho, and Steven Gerrard to call back, Rodgers will be optimistic. With only 14 points from 10 matches, Liverpool are currently in 7th place in the league and will be desperate for a win at home, against a team who ended their title run last season.


Chelsea and Liverpool matches in recent times, have been a goal-fest, with the last goal-less draw coming in the 2007-08 season at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undefeated in their last two visits to Anfield. Apart from last season, whenever Chelsea have done a double over Liverpool, Chelsea have gone on to win the league.


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Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea 27/04/2014
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool 29/12/2013
Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea 21/04/2013
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool 11/11/2012
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Chelsea: Courtois(GK), Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry(C), Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Ramires, Costa.

Liverpool: Mignolet(GK), Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Gerrard(C), Allen, Coutinho, Sterling Balotelli.


Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea


DATE: 08/11/2014
TIME: 1245 GMT / 1815 IST
VENUE: Anfield
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor

Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni

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