Chelsea will be away to Liverpool on Sunday evening for a crucial Premier League fixture as both sides have something to play for in this tie.
For Liverpool, it’s a massive title race fixture, and for Chelsea, it’s an opportunity to consolidate on a top four finish.
Chelsea and Liverpool have met twice this season, at Stamford Bridge and Anfield respectively. The two sides played a 1-1 draw in the reverse Premier League fixture, but Chelsea defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the Carabao Cup fourth round at Anfield.
Ahead of Sunday’s fixture, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Jurgen Klopp’s side will win this game 2-1 at Anfield.
The Sky Sports pundit said: “I’m not sure if Eden Hazard’s going to play as the Europa League is a massive competition for Chelsea. For the manager, winning that competition is bigger for him than getting into the top four – for a manager who’s never won anything before.
“This is a big opportunity for [Maurizio] Sarri so it’s a question of what team gets set up for Chelsea. If Chelsea play their full team, and don’t worry about next Thursday, this will be game on – no question about that – but I’m just going to go for Liverpool.
“Liverpool are going to get nervous. They’ve not won the league in 29 years, and everyone in the city is talking about it, so there’s bound to be nerves. If they can get this game out of the way, Man City will have to do it the hard way.”
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen went as far as predicting that Liverpool will beat Chelsea 2-0.
Owen told BetVictor: “Liverpool take a two-goal lead to Porto on Wednesday and I feel they can maintain their title challenge against Chelsea even though the Blues have such an excellent recent record at Anfield – unbeaten in their last six in the Premier League and 2-1 winners in the League Cup earlier in the season.
“Chelsea are in Europa League action in Prague on Thursday having comfortably disposed of West Ham on Monday night courtesy of another Eden Hazard masterclass. Liverpool will have an extra 48 hours to prepare for the game and I expect to see the Reds – unbeaten in their last 37 PL games at Anfield – keep the points.”