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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea

After their morale-boosting win over the hosts Sheffield United Fc, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are scheduled to play in the Premier League against the visitors Chelsea Fc.

Date: 04 March 2021 (Thursday) ; Time: 8:15 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England.

Much to the Club’s relief; the Reds also ended their 4 game losing streak in the Premier League, following their win over the hosts Sheffield United Fc.

Still, in order to keep up with the other contenders for the Top-four spots in the Premier League; Jürgen Klopp might opt to make changes to the Team that defeated the hosts Sheffield United Fc.

Also given the quality of the Reds next opponents Chelsea Fc (The Blues) and the pressing need to arrest the home slide, Klopp might consider naming a near full-strength squad to prevent further slip ups.

This explains why James Milner and Naby Keïta was brought on so late on in the last game as that might provide some clues on the predicted line-up for the crucial home encounter with Chelsea Fc (The Blues).

Klopp can also call upon Benchwarmers like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri for more midfield options.

Alisson Becker missed out on the previous game as the Club granted absence following the tragic death of his Father.

Depending on how Alisson feels mentally or how long the Club has granted him absence, the Brazilian might also return back in action.

The recent absence of Ben Davies has been a curious case, given there had been no new injury related issues.

Yet the absence of Davies might be down to being given ample time to get accustomed to Klopp’s tactics.

After eliminating the Reds in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup 2019-20, the Blues has not beaten the Reds since September 2018 and since then, the Blues has drawn just once (that includes the recent 0-2 home loss) in all competitions facing the Reds.

However; following the home loss to Burnley Fc that ended their 68 games unbeaten home record; the Reds are in a desperate situation to end their 4 home game losing streak that started from that loss.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Despite recovering from his recent hamstring injury and trained alongside with his Teammates last week; Diogo Jota was not considered for the Sheffield United away encounter and was ruled out due to an unspecified illness. The Club will be hopeful that the Portuguese will not be out of action for another indeterminate period of time.

Fabinho is edging closer to returning back in action, after sustaining an unspecified minor muscle issue before the Leicester City Fc away fixture. The Versatile Brazilian might be in contention for the Blues home game.

Captain Jordan Henderson will be out of action until April 2021 as the skipper underwent a successful corrective surgery on the adductor injury sustained during the First Half of the Everton Fc home clash.

After sustaining ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away game; Joël Matip has been sidelined for the rest of the Season.

Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk have made massive strides as they are currently working on regaining full fitness, following their successful surgeries on their injured knees.

The Club has been reluctant to put any timescale on the return of the Defensive Trio as they are unlikely to play this campaign.

 

Verdict: The Blues has made massive strides under their Manager Thomas Tuchel, after their previous Manager and Club Legend Frank Lampard was sacked due to the Club’s underwhelming performances this Season.

Tuchel was once considered as one of the front runners of the Reds Manager position, after Klopp decides to call it quits or call it a day.

With similar Attacking Football Ideologies; both Managers had virtually identical career paths managing German Clubs FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund at different times, before moving abroad.

In terms of head-to-head; Tuchel has not faced any Managers more number of times than Klopp, yet winning just twice.

But, that record cannot be taken into context given the quality of the Team that Tuchel inherited in the past (aside from French Ligue 1 Giants Paris Saint-Germain Fc).

 

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