Goals Required For Success At Bridge
|Haha, a very jolly Suarez...|
Liverpool are in London on Sunday to face Di Matteo's Chelsea and if the Reds want to walk away with all three points then they are going to have to hope Suarez is on form or somebody else fancies a pop at goal. Liverpool too many times this season have taken control of a game but then failed to score.
Injury wise Liverpool are actually in a pretty strong position, discounting the long term ones there aren't any real absences and it looks like Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina will be fit to start for Sunday's clash. Chelsea on the other hand are missing Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, John Terry will likely feature though after serving his 4 match ban.
Chelsea have had a brilliant start to their league season and look as though they could be challenging for the title come May but they have taken some knocks especially recently after a draw with Swansea and a loss at the hands of Manchester United.
Liverpool's last two league games have resulted in draws and the Reds hit a stumbling block in the Europa League on Thursday too after Anzhi beat them in Moscow 1-0.
The last time Liverpool and Chelsea met was in May this year, most Kopites will fondly remember this game because it provided some sort of sweetness after we'd lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup final just days earlier. A 4-1 win was a proud moment for the Reds with Henderson even on the score sheet.
On their last three visits to Stamford Bridge Liverpool have been victorious but the confidence from a fans point of view this time out is certainly lacking. We could very easily go and beat Chelsea on Sunday but there needs to be a clear link between possession and converted chances, otherwise Chelsea will punish.
- Suarez has scored 5 goals in his last 5 appearances for the Reds.
- If Chelsea lose or draw tomorrow it will be the first time under Di Matteo they've played 3 matches without a win.
- Liverpool have notched up 88 shots off target so far in the league this season.
I always look forward to this fixture because Chelsea are one of those teams that you just love to hate and in fairness to them, the clash is usually an exciting one. Plus I enjoy holding a hand with 5 digits up at the divs in the pub singing "Champions of Europe, we know what we are." Add to this the hilarity of Fernando Torres being a shambles for them and it makes for some good banter.
Saying all of this though I unfortunately can't see us getting a win on Sunday unless Suarez is in one of his genius moods. An early goal would work wonders and we definitely need to take our chances because you won't be let of the hook with Chelsea.
The likes of Mata and Oscar scare me to be quite honest but if there's one thing about Liverpool, we have a pretty solid defence, the partnership of SKAGGER is growing stronger and stronger and they have enough experience to hopefully deal with whatever Chelsea throw at them.
Enjoy the match folks!
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