Liverpool vs Chelsea predictions: Three key battles
After a successful 2-0 victory at home against Porto in the Champions League, Liverpool host Chelsea in the Premier League. The Reds will have to keep the pressure on Manchester City, who are on quite a roll in the Premier League.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are back in the hunt for a top 3 finish after Arsenal slipped up against Everton last week. The Blues are on a three-game unbeaten run in the Premier League and look to continue that on Sunday against Liverpool.
Here are 3 key areas where the game could potentially be decided at Anfield on Sunday.
Mo Salah vs Marcos Alonso
Salah finally broke his goal drought after scoring against Southampton last weekend. The Egyptian, despite a dry patch, has scored 21 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions so far.
He will be high on confidence after the goal and he will be Liverpool’s biggest threat in the attack.
Marcos Alonso has had a difficult season so far and it won’t get any easy when he comes face to face with Salah at the weekend. Alonso will have to be at his very best to stop the Egyptian and any lapse in judgement could cost Chelsea dearly.
Eden Hazard vs Trent Alexander-Arnold
Arguably the most interesting battle on the pitch on Sunday. Eden Hazard has been at his best in recent games having scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in his last two games.
The Belgian has been directly involved in 31 goals in all competitions and if he has a good game, Chelsea will have a good game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s rise to fame in the last two years has been remarkable. The 20-year-old has 7 assists to his name so far in the league but his defensive contribution is what will be of massive importance on Sunday.
The Englishman has to bring his A-game on Sunday and if he contains the Belgian, Liverpool will surely have the upper hand.
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Jordan Henderson vs Jorginho
Potentially the most important battle of the game. Henderson has regained his form recently and his presence in the middle of the park will be massively important for the Reds on Sunday.
If Henderson marks Jorginho like Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey did earlier this season, the Italian will massively struggle and so will Chelsea.
However, Jorginho has overcome his poor first half of the season and has been in decent form recently. If allowed any space in the midfield, Jorginho will control the game and his brilliant range of passing can seriously hurt Liverpool.