After the latest round of results in the Barclay’s Premier League, all eyes have once again become firmly focused on Anfield ahead of this weekend’s crunch match.
On Sunday, April 27th, Liverpool welcome Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to Merseyside in a game that will go more than a long way to deciding the fate of the Premier League trophy.
Liverpool currently sit top of the league, five points clear of Chelsea after their shock 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland.
Some may be fooled into suggesting that the title is already Liverpool’s, but Chelsea are not out of the question.
The surreal hype and excitement that Brendan Rodgers’ men have generated has helped Chelsea to slip under the radar a little, and they have trudged on to stay within touching distance of their Anfield rivals.
There is a great expectation that Liverpool will this year finally claim their first ever Premier League title: their first league championship title since 1990.
However, they have three very tough games remaining, with perhaps the toughest to come against Chelsea.
There have been widespread reports recently that Mourinho is the man who can put a fire blanket on the blazing fire of hope spurred on by Liverpool’s run of 11 straight wins.
Chelsea will be far more compact defensively than perhaps any team Liverpool have faced this year, with a strong defensive line and disciplined midfield play.
Their big problem could perhaps be their lack of goal scoring ability, something which could cost them dearly against a side that has been scoring for fun this season.
Liverpool will most probably start with blistering pace and intensity and continue to make life very difficult for Chelsea throughout the game.
Brendan Rodgers has spoken a lot recently about the character of his side, and he will feel this will help the Reds to another victory should Chelsea frustrate them.
Liverpool will be without the much improved Jordan Henderson due to suspension and could still be without former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who picked up a hamstring injury in the 3-2 victory against Manchester City, however Rodgers hopes he could be fit for the weekend.
These two players will be sorely missed by Liverpool, but they seemed to cope well at Norwich, where Lucas and Allen came in, with Allen putting in a particularly good performance.
Chelsea will be without star man Eden Hazard, who will be a huge loss.
The Belgian has been Chelsea’s brightest spark this season and his lack of creativity and brilliance, it could leave their attack rather toothless.
There have been some incredible fixtures between the two sides in the past, not to forget the Champions League encounter in 2005, and this one is building up to be another classic with an equally big impact on whoever comes out on top.