Week 11 of the Premier League is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to one of the hottest fixtures in this season’s calendar: Liverpool versus Chelsea.
While I have something of a love/hate relationship with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, I cannot help but look forward to this match, for a multitude of reasons.
Just a few months ago, The Reds were inches away from their dreams of winning their first Premier League title in its current format. After one unfortunate clash with Chelsea, their dreams were crushed and the title went to Manchester City. If that’s not a recipe for revenge, I don’t know what is.
Of course, another reason that it will be particularly exciting is the fact that Liverpool have a reputation to uphold. At present, the Reds find themselves in seventh place, a far cry from their finishing standings in May, while the Blues are flying high in first place, having not lost a game.
Without a doubt the loss of Luis Suárez has had an impact on Liverpool’s performance this season, but Brendan Rodgers could have a few tricks up his sleeve yet. Hence comes the next reason why this game will be so exciting – they could actually win it.
Chelsea’s recent performance at Shrewsbury during the Capital One cup is evidence enough of just how badly they can fare without Diego Costa, and now bookmakers are thinking twice about who could take the three points on 8th November.
Costa, who is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with nine goals to his name this season, was declared out of the game recently with a hamstring injury. The injury led to much furore from Mourinho, who blamed the injury on Costa’s recent international games. With the nature of a hamstring injury, there is every chance that it could be recurring, meaning that Costa will be out for an indefinite amount of time.
With all this on Liverpool’s side, they could soon see themselves climbing the table and earning their well-deserved top four status. The final ingredient for their potential victory, of course, is the location of the game. It’s well known that Liverpool fans are some of the most loyal and loving out there, so a game at Anfield could just make the upcoming Liverpool versus Chelsea game a success for our reds.