Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Chelsea
- Chelsea unbeaten vs Liverpool since 2012
- Reds boast 64W-30D-48L in all-time series
- Blues won fixture 2-0 last season
There have only been a dozen or so Premier League matches per team since Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip sent Demba Ba and Chelsea on their way to a win, and pushed Liverpool into second place on the table.
But it feels much longer now that the Reds have stumbled out of the gate to start this season, while the Blues have put together the fourth-best start in Premier League history. The two clubs are reunited on Saturday at Anfield (Watch live at 745am ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
Diego Costa is available for Chelsea despite not being called up for Spain due to his health, while Cesar Azpilicueta, John Mikel Obi and Loic Remy are all newly-available to Jose Mourinho, whose side is 8W-2D through 10 matches.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers rested a number of key players during Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League loss at Real Madrid, so it’s fair to expect a fiery start from the Reds. Whether they have the quality to match up with Chelsea is another story altogether (Nemanja Matic doesn’t seem to think so).
What they’re saying
Chelsea boss Mourinho on Liverpool’s hopes for revenge – “‘They have enough motivation from this season. They don’t need to go to last season and especially not for the bad memories. If I was in their position I would go back to last season for the good memories – for the victories they had and the good things they did – but it’s up to them.”
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson on Chelsea – “I’ve been impressed with Chelsea this season. They have got some outstanding players but they are working well as a team, are defending very well and have scored some good goals. We know the quality they have got and it will be difficult. But we’ve got a lot of quality in the team as well so we’ve got to make sure we’re working as hard as possible. We know the quality will come through in the end.
The dream of an undefeated season won’t end at Anfield, with Mourinho’s squad well-motivated by a disappointing midweek draw at Maribor and returning to full-strength. Liverpool will score, but Chelsea will net a few more. Blues, 3-1.