Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium: Anfield

Date: 31st January 2024

Kick-off time – 20:15 GMT

Liverpool will return to Premier League action this Wednesday when they host Chelsea at Anfield in the 22nd round of the 2023/24 season.

It’s been a whirlwind week for the Reds who were shaken by the news that manager Jürgen Klopp will leave the club at the end of the season. The German arrived at Anfield in 2015 and has transformed the club, taking them from mid-table strugglers to title contenders in those nine years.

He has the chance to end his Liverpool reign with a bang with his side still active in four competitions. They are in the EFL Cup final and booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round thanks to a 5-2 win over Norwich last Sunday. That win came at Anfield where Liverpool have been hugely impressive this season.

In the league, the hosts have not lost at home with only Arsenal and Manchester United going home with a result from their ground. Overall they are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions (W7, D3), meaning that they remain in good stead to continue their stay at the top of the Premier League table.

However, despite their form, don’t expect a thriller in this fixture as the last seven matches H2Hs have ended level after 90 minutes, representing the longest streak of draws between two top-flight clubs in English football history. But Klopp will be desperately hoping that run ends positively in this one as doing so will see him join a rare club of just six other members who have registered 200 Premier League victories across the competition’s history.

Meanwhile, Chelsea travel to Anfield on the back of a disappointing goalless draw with Aston Villa in the FA Cup. The good thing, however, is that the draw made it one loss in seven games for the improving Blues in all competitions (W5, D1). Three of those wins came in the league where the visitors have won three consecutively.

So they will go to Anfield with some momentum as they look to make it back-to-back away wins in the league.

Mauricio Pochettino has a poor record against Jürgen Klopp, having won over the German only once in 12 previous attempts (D5, L6) while coming up against the league leaders would intimidate most sides, it may not be Chelsea who hold the record for beating the team starting the day top of the Premier League pile the most with 18 such wins to their name.

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Premier League Fixtures:

February 23, 2024
Chelsea 01:00 Tottenham Hotspur
February 24, 2024
Manchester United 16:00 Fulham
Aston Villa 16:00 Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace 16:00 Burnley
Brighton & Hov… 16:00 Everton
AFC Bournemouth 18:30 Manchester City
Arsenal 21:00 Newcastle United
February 25, 2024
Wolverhampton Wanderers 14:30 Sheffield United
February 26, 2024
West Ham United 21:00 Brentford
March 2, 2024
Brentford 16:00 Chelsea
Everton 16:00 West Ham United
Fulham 16:00 Brighton & Hov…
Newcastle United 16:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest 16:00 Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur 16:00 Crystal Palace
Luton Town 18:30 Aston Villa
March 3, 2024
Burnley 14:00 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City 16:30 Manchester United
March 4, 2024
Sheffield United 21:00 Arsenal

Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 26 18 6 2 63 25 +38 60
2 Manchester City 25 17 5 3 58 26 +32 56
3 Arsenal 25 17 4 4 58 22 +36 55
4 Aston Villa 25 15 4 6 52 33 +19 49
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 25 14 2 9 35 34 +1 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 25 10 8 7 48 40 +8 38
8 Newcastle United 25 11 4 10 53 41 +12 37
9 West Ham United 25 10 6 9 36 44 -8 36
10 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 10 5 10 39 40 -1 35
12 Fulham 25 8 5 12 34 41 -7 29
13 AFC Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 33 46 -13 28
14 Brentford 25 7 4 14 35 44 -9 25
15 Crystal Palace 25 6 7 12 28 44 -16 25
16 Nottingham Forest 25 6 6 13 32 44 -12 24
17 Everton 25 8 6 11 27 33 -6 20
18 Luton Town 25 5 5 15 35 51 -16 20
19 Burnley 25 3 4 18 25 55 -30 13
20 Sheffield United 25 3 4 18 22 65 -43 13

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