Given the way in which Liverpool won the Premier League last season, there can’t have been too many who expected Jurgen Klopp’s side to be fighting for a top four spot in 2020/21. But after a positive start to their title defence that is exactly the case, with the Reds currently down in sixth, albeit just two points behind fourth-placed West Ham.
Prior to their 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United at the weekend, Liverpool had lost four games in a row for the first time since December 2002, conceding 10 goals and scoring just twice. They remain in terrible form at Anfield, losing their past four home league games having previously gone 68 without defeat, and are the first reigning top-flight champions to go on such a run since Everton in 1928/29.
Travelling to Anfield, looking to condemn Liverpool to five consecutive home defeats for the first time in their history are Chelsea, who will also be hoping to end their own mini winless run in the Premier League. The Blues have drawn their past two games in the league, against Southampton and Manchester United, but remain in a good position in the race for the Champions League.
Chelsea are now unbeaten in nine games across all competitions since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January, winning six and drawing three, their third-best start to life under a new boss. That form, which includes seven unbeaten in the Premier League, has seen Chelsea move to within one point of fourth-placed West Ham and they will be looking for the win to jump into the final Champions League spot ahead of the final run-in.
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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Match Stats
Olivier Giroud has played his way into Tuchel’s side, starting the past two games and scored in the 1-0 Champions League win against Atletico Madrid. In such a big game and with Liverpool expected to push high, Giroud is likely to start again and could look to improve his good record against the Reds. The Frenchman has scored seven Premier League goals against Liverpool, four of which have come at Anfield, with Giroud only faring better vs Aston Villa and Newcastle (both nine).
However, don’t expect goals in this game. Chelsea haven’t been the best scorers in the league under Tuchel, finding the net just eight times (with Liverpool managing 10 during that same run of games). They have, however, only conceded two goals with Takumi Minamino so far the only opposition player to breach Chelsea’s net under Tuchel.
20 September 2020 – Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool – Premier League
22 July 2020 – Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea – Premier League
3 March 2020 – Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool – FA Cup
22 September 2019 – Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool – Premier League
14 August 2019 – Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea – UEFA Super Cup
Liverpool go into this game with a good recent record against Chelsea, unbeaten in the league since May 2018, a run of five games which has brought four wins. You have to go back even further to November 2014 to find Chelsea’s last league win at Anfield, with three draws and two Liverpool victories since.