Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Anfield

Date: Sunday, 21 April

Kick-off: 16.00 GMT

Here we go then, the interim’s only chance this season to feel the love, with a trip to his beloved Anfield.

When the interim was standing in the opposite dugout, it felt as if we played them week in week out although strangely enough, their record against us more recently (in his absence) seems a bit more favourable with them unbeaten in our last 5 meetings in the Premier League. Probably a record the interim Rodgers would like to see continue.

 

MANAGER’S VIEW

Going into his own personal battle with Liverpool’s former loved one, Brendan Rodgers says It won’t be strange at all, this club’s supporters are brilliant and very respectful.  They still sing Kenny Dalglish’s name and they are right to. Rafa will get a great reception and he deserves it because of the great work that he did here.  He is a fantastic manager. There is no question about that. But I had the confidence from the owners and the board when I came in here that this was a process that was going to take time. It wasn’t going to be instant. And the owners have never wavered from that.  Rafael Benitez will deserve a great welcome when he comes back. He won the European Cup during his time here, which is a great achievement.  But the focus here now is on the job to improve the team. We want to see if we can build and move forward.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Liverpool, Raheem Sterling, Martin Kelly (knee), Fabio Borini and Joe Allen (both shoulder) are all absentees although Liverpool, who should be well rested after no midweek football, report no new injury concerns.

For Chelsea, Oriol Romeu (knee) remains out long-term although Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Marko Marin, are back in training after injury and could be available.  John Terry, who scored twice against Fulham midweek, has asked some questions of the interim and may keep his place in the starting line-up for a change.

 

TEAMS

LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Gerrard, Suarez, Sturridge

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, JT, Cole, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres

 

LAST MEETING

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (11th November 2012)

 

PREDICTION

Liverpool have lost only two of their last 12 league meetings with us and are unbeaten in the last five (W4, D1). They have taken 14 points out of the last available 21 and only City have kept more clean sheets this season than Liverpool’s 13. For us, we have five more points than at the same stage last season and we ended a three-match losing streak in away games with a 3-0 win at Fulham in midweek. To an outsider this one would have draw written all over it – but then they wouldn’t necessarily understand the ‘history’

3 Responses to “Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. Liverpool (1) vs chelsea (2)

  2. Chelsea still have a shot at it!

    http://robmilne.blog.com/2013/04/21/race-for-champions-league-football-hots-up/

  3. This could explain what’s going on with Suarez, he was just turnde on by Ivanovic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odaxelagnia