Rafa Benitez takes his, weary legged, Chelsea squad to the trophy free zone, that is commonly known as Anfield Road, home of the red micks. The 4pm Sunday kick off is another crucial crunch match in our quest for Champions League football, for next season. The Blues ridiculous fixture congestion sees them playing every three or four days.
Benitez will surely rotate again following Wednesday’s hard fought 3-0 win over neighbours Fulham. John Terry scored twice and looked fit and sharp but his relationship with the interim boss is not good, so I expect Ivanovic to move back to centre half with JT dropping to the bench. Lampard should also make way for Mikel and Ba coming in for rejuvenated Fernando Torres.
Liverpool have had two consecutive nil nil draws against West Ham, at Anfield and Reading away. The goals have dried up for now and let’s hope that continues for Sunday’s clash. Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns with Sturridge expected to face his old club for the first time since his £12m New Year transfer.
The atmosphere at Anfield will be confused to say the least. Rafa Benitez will be cheered by the home support and booed by the away support. He will look across at the home bench and see one of Mourinho’s support staff directing operations for the reds.
Chelsea have played Liverpool 33 times, in various competitions, in the past eight years and have won 13, lost 12 and drawn 8. The November match at The Bridge ended 1-1 with Suarez cancelling out JT’s opener. If Chelsea can leave Anfield with three points they will surely go on to secure a top four finish.
Next up for Chelsea is a semi final against FC Basel on Thursday followed by a home tie with Swansea on Sunday. The games continue to come thick and fast and the rollercoaster ride is getting to white knuckle stage, hold on tight!
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