Preview: Chelsea v Liverpool

Friday gives us another mouthwatering Premier League fixture. Both Chelsea and Liverpool have been scoring goals so it should be an entertaining game.

My top 4 at the start of the season was as follows:

1: Man City 2: Chelsea 3: Spurs 4: Liverpool

From what I’ve seen so far I think Chelsea will be the only side to really challenge City for the title.

I believe Antonio Conte is a fantastic manager. His record at Juve speaks for itself but it was also the way he had the Italian national side playing the Euros that made you realize that Chelsea were getting someone right from the top drawer.

Kante was a great signing and Diego Costa looks sharp again this season and if he stays fit will get 20 + goals which could take Chelsea close to winning the title again.

I might be one of the few who thinks signing back David Luiz could turn out to be an inspired decision. Sure he has a mistake in him but he’s also a very talented footballer and if Conte decides to switch to a back 3 it means Kante can sit deep and allow Luiz to bring the ball out and start attacks.

The team Conte has been putting out is, baring one or 2, basically the same team that produced the worst defense of a Premier League crown in history. He’s brought in a freshness to the club and shook up some of the big names and got them playing again.

Onto Liverpool and what performance it was at the weekend against the champions Leicester City. Well I say what a performance but I should really be more granular, it was a great performance going forward. Liverpool’s pace and movement was at times breathtaking. Saido Mane, Firminho, Lallana and Sturridge were unplayable. Defensively they were still a little uncertain and on another day Leicester could have scored 3 or 4 but Matip does look a lad who has class and given time might be a defender in the mould of a Alan Hansen or Phil Thompson, he’s got the same type of build. I don’t think you can win a title with your 2 left backs being James Milner and Alberto Moreno though so top 4 is the best I see Liverpool doing.

Jordan Henderson has started the season well and Adam Lallana has been a revelation since Jurgen Klopp took over, his goal against Leicester was great strike.

Daniel Sturridge had his best game for a long time. Questions have been asked as to whether or not he still has the hunger and desire to play week in week out. He looked sharp and wanted the ball, he also made some great runs that took the defenders out and allowed Mane to run into acres of space. It was very encouraging for both Liverpool and England.

Apart from the debacle at Burnley it’s been a good start for the redmen picking up 7 points from 4 games with 3 of those being very tough fixtures.

Like I said I’m anticipating an exciting encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Broady’s prediction: 2-2