It’s a season of redemption of sorts for Chelsea who had fallen way down the pecking order. Antonio Conte brought to the club to bring stability has responded with a positive start to the season. The Blues are on an unbeaten four-match run that has seen them garner 10 points and stay second behind Manchester City. More importantly for the supporters, the swagger of the old is back for the Blues.
Liverpool are no different with high hopes on Jurgen Klopp resurrecting their old dominance. The improvement under Klopp is a reality and the Kop faithful expect him to get them back into title mix. They currently stay sixth with seven points but they have carefully tackled a difficult set of fixtures having already faced Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester City.
Another clash of managers styles?
Without a doubt! Conte and Klopp are two extremes of managerial styles with the Italian known for his defensive solidity while the German loves to be an entertainer. Conte wouldn’t mind the high-pressing style of Klopp as it would give him an edge in counter-attacks. But make no mistake, Klopp is a master tactician and would come up with the right personnel to unlock the Blues’ defence.
The Teams Latest news
The loss of John Terry is a big blow to the hosts as their veteran defender is still on crutches. Conte may hand over a debut – rather, second debut – to David Luiz. There could be a debut also for Marcos Alonso with Branislav Ivanovic looking likely to give way.
For Liverpool, the primary cause of concern is the fitness of Dejan Lovren and Emre Can. Not long ago, the Reds’ supporters were unimpressed by the defender but he has come back strongly under Klopp to regain their confidence. Being a vital member, he could be dearly missed by the visitors.
Chelsea versus Liverpool Prediction
Liverpool’s inconsistency and Chelsea’s recent form makes the hosts favorites for this encounter. Back the Blues to net a win in this vital encounter.
Diego Costa was supposed to move away in the transfer window but stayed at the Stamford Bridge for various reasons. And the Blues are reaping the rewards now with the Spaniard having started the season in spectacular fashion. He looks a good bet to get himself on the scoring sheet again.
Same goes for Sadio Mane of Liverpool who could get on the score sheet himself, any time of the game.