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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Victory vital for top-four chasing teams

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool, Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea
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The Reds as well as the Blues will be desperate to get all three points in what is going to be a high-stakes encounter at Anfield.

A thrilling match awaits which could potentially have a huge say in how the top-four would look at the end of the Premier League campaign.

Liverpool play host to Chelsea on Thursday night.

Both the teams started the season with different expectations: The Merseyside outfit, after running away with the title last term, were aiming for a back-to-back success while the London side, after significant investment in squad recruitment over the summer, were aiming to challenge for the top-flight crown.

However, their initial targets now seem far-fetched – especially for Jurgen Klopp’s men – and Champions League qualification is now the primary goal for both.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Form

The Reds, who sit down at sixth in the league standings, are far from the form they would have fancied to be in ahead of the crunch clash.

They are winless in their previous six Premier League matches at home, losing four and drawing the remaining. Also, they haven’t scored from open play in their last five matches at Anfield.

If that wasn’t disappointing enough, the titleholders have also managed JUST FOUR wins in the last 15 fixtures across all competitions.

A 2-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday brought an end to their four-game losing streak.

The Blues, on the other hand, are flying high with Thomas Tuchel at the helm, having climbed up to fifth from 10th since the managerial change.

They remain unbeaten in nine matches across all competitions under Tuchel. Defensively solid, they have conceded just two goals in that time.

Attack, however, remains a cause of concern under the new boss. The team has struggled to create enough scoring chances, with only 10 goals coming in those nine games.

Chelsea need just one point to enter the top-four while Liverpool require all three, with the two teams currently on 44 and 43 points respectively next to each other.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Head-to-head

Chelsea’s previous league victory against Liverpool dates all the way back to 2014. They also lack a historic edge, having lost 82 and won 64 times in the 187 previous encounters.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Team News

Klopp has confirmed that Alisson and Fabinho will return for Thursday’s big game while Diogo Jota is a doubt. But Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Caoimhin Kelleher remain on the sidelines.

Thiago Silva returned to first-team training but will not feature. Tammy Abraham is also expected to miss with an ankle problem. Callum Hudson-Odoi, meanwhile, is fit and available for selection.

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