KEY TRAITS CHELSEA WILL NEED TO OVERCOME LIVERPOOL TONIGHT

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Liverpool are winless in the Premier League in 2017 and Chelsea great Pat Nevin believes Liverpool will be desperate to win Chelsea as a draw won’t be good enough for Liverpool.

Nevin expects Liverpool to press Chelsea all over the pitch from the start. Nevin expects Chelsea to win the game if we cope with the early Liverpool pressure.

According to Nevin, Chelsea will need good organisation, a real hunger to win, enough skill and an ability to ‘turn up’ for the big games if we are to win Liverpool tonight.

“I feel that even a draw would be an awful result for the Reds and a fairly good one for the Blues, so expect the usual all-action, 100 mph, high-tempo, closing down all over the field style at the start from Liverpool,” Nevin wrote in his Chelsea official website column.

“As such there may be a period of pressure to cope with early on, but if that storm can be weathered then the jitters and the tiredness might start to have an effect on the home side eventually. Oddly enough, this is one night were I would dearly like to win the toss before the game. If I was skipper, then I would immediately change round and ensure Liverpool are attacking The Kop in the first half not the second. The Kop gives them a lift when they tire, and they are tiring badly in most games just now because of the tempo they play at every week, and if this late lift could be nullified to some extent it could make a significant difference.

“Having said all that, it is not nearly as important as the basics in the game tonight.  Good organisation, a real hunger to win, enough skill and an ability to ‘turn up’ for the big games is what is needed. Chelsea have shown all of those traits for months now, but this is a pivotal moment in the season, or more precisely a pivotal week. Right now two draws would constitute better results for us than our opponents, so it is not only Liverpool who have to come out to play, but Arsenal have to come to the Bridge at the weekend and have a real go as well.”

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