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Matchday Preview: Chelsea v LIVERPOOL

Date: 11th November 2012 at 12:05 pm
Written by: | Comments (23)

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: 11/11/12

Kick-Off: 16:00

An almost unrecognisable Liverpool side lost to in midweek, so Brendan Rodgers will hope that a rested full-strength side can get a result away to on Sunday. Glen Johnson is fit and available for the game at Stamford Bridge, while Pepe Reina could also be available. and will expect to be recalled to the starting XI, along with the other first-team players who did not travel to Russia.

Suarez’s spectacular goal against Newcastle was his seventh of the season, leaving him just behind Robin van Persie in the scoring charts. However his conversion rate is not as ruthless as it should be; Suarez has required 56 shots to get his seven goals, with less than half of his efforts on target. Suarez has still scored more league goals than his Liverpool teammates combined, who have only scored four goals between them – Steven Gerrard, Nuri Sahin, Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling have scored one goal each.

After making his 600th appearance for the Reds last weekend, Gerrard is tenth in Liverpool’s all-time appearances ranking. He is also one of the Premier League’s top ten passers, along with – Gerrard has provided 662 passes while Allen has managed 722 passes. Only Santi Cazorla, Michael Carrick, Yaya Toure and Mikel Arteta have completed more passes, with Chelsea’s top passer, , managing 619 passes in total. Gerrard has also won 85% of the tackles he has attempted this season and completed 309 passes in his opponent’s half, the fifth-highest among Premier League players this season.

Chelsea’s top scorer is ex-Red and Liverpool’s defence will be determined to prevent Torres from scoring his fifth league goal of the season on Sunday. Martin Skrtel and company will also need to be wary of Chelsea’s creative trio – Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar. Blues captain John Terry may be recalled to the side after serving his four-match ban, but Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are still out. Liverpool won both of their league meetings with Chelsea last season – the third time they have managed to secure all six points against the Blues in the last four seasons. Though the odds will be against him on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers will hope his side can pick up three points at the Bridge as Liverpool strive to improve on an underwhelming start to the season.

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23 thoughts on “Matchday Preview: Chelsea v LIVERPOOL

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  • LFC Dean
    1 year ago

    good fightback ,but it shouldn’t cover up the fact it was another poor performance , another tactical disaster from rodgers , another inept performance from allen and sahin .

    well dones to carra suarez stevieG , and especially enrique

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  • sandra F
    1 year ago

    We needed a man in cental midfield to be tough and strong , all we had was what looked like a 13 year old boy in Joe Allen

    Not good enough again for LFC -but at least we got a point + fake blondie didnt score

    We need a new man in charge , I like BR but he doesnt know how to win games

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  • Ben Oxlade
    1 year ago

    I think Allen is useless too . Hurry back Lucas

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    • JamesMac
      1 year ago

      Allen and Sahin out

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  • niall torpey
    1 year ago

    we still have some great players but can only manage 2 shots on goal . rodgers must take responsibility for another bad game . wrong formation , wrong style , wrong team selection . negative sideways football again . must drop allen and play 2 up front

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  • JamesMac
    1 year ago

    Bring Rafa home . this is not good enough

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  • YNWAred
    1 year ago

    i agree with comments . rodgers not good enough , allen useless . great game by enrique though

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