By Emma Hartley
This is the one! Chelsea will travel to Merseyside this Sunday as they are set to take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.
It’s fair to say the Blues have had a very shaky season so far. Maurizio Sarri’s job has been on the line and there has been many bumps in the road. Many fans made it clear that they no longer wanted the Blues boss at the club at the end of last month when the South West-London side travelled to Cardiff. The fans sang very clearly from the away end that they wanted him out and since then the boss has went on to prove them wrong. Chelsea have won four consecutive games in a row.
The aim for Chelsea is to get top four by the end of the season in order to qualify for the Champions League. Even though Sarri’s side are very unpredictable they are currently going the right way about getting that as they are sitting third in the table with 66 points.
It’s fair to say it’s always exciting when Chelsea and Liverpool meet whether that is at Anfield or Stamford Bridge. It’s always a huge game and especially this time around. Chelsea are continuing to challenge for top four and Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are pushing for the title. It’s all to play for on Sunday for both teams.
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This fixture between the two sides was played at Anfield five years ago today and it will never be forgotten by Chelsea or Liverpool fans. The Blues well and truly stopped Liverpool from winning the League and it has scarred the Merseyside team ever since. They really did ‘slip up’ and throw it away due to Steven Gerrard’s famous slip. That game resulted in Jose Mourinho (Chelsea’s manager at the time) banging the Chelsea badge with nothing but pride and shouting with joy on the back of what the boys had managed to achieve. The Blues won the unexpected and shocked everyone as Liverpool were favourites to win and nobody could see Chelsea stopping them. Liverpool’s title hopes were gone and that moment is still reflected upon to this day!
Liverpool are currently sitting at the top of the table two points clear of former Champions Manchester City. So, everyone knows what that means if Chelsea beat Liverpool and Manchester City beat Crystal Palace, City will go to the top of the table. Everyone knows the title race is between them two teams and every game is important for both teams as they battle it out until the end of the season. The end of the Premier League season is fast approaching and each team will be eager to get their hands on that trophy.
Anything could happen this weekend but the outcome from both the Liverpool and Manchester City game will determine a lot at the top.
Chelsea fans will definitely be hoping to see history repeat itself at Anfield this Sunday as it would be a massive boost for the team. Also, there is a rivalry between the two teams and if Chelsea were to stop Liverpool from winning the league again, I’m sure the Blues would find that quite amusing. Chelsea fans to this day still haven’t let go of what happened five years ago as they still sing the Steven Gerrard chant and I’m sure it’ll be sung from the away end this Sunday.
The writer of this article- Emma Hartley’s personal thoughts heading into this game: ‘’I thought I’d also address my own personal thoughts heading into this game in this article. If you follow me on Twitter you my already be aware that I feel very confident going into this game. Now I know we have been very unpredictable this season so it’s very bold to feel that way however, I’ve got a good feeling about it. I feel like we’re definitely the under dogs heading into this fixture especially because of how we’ve been doing this season and how unpredictable we’ve been. Even though this is the case I quite like it like that as a Chelsea supporter myself. I believe if you go into a game as the under dogs it makes victory sweeter if it happens. This may come back to haunt me and back fire however, I believe we will win on Sunday. As we already know we did it five years ago when it mattered and we can do it again. Anything can happen in football and even though Liverpool have been brilliant this season this may be their time to ‘slip’ up.’’
‘’I also want to take this time to discuss the racist abuse some ”Chelsea fans” have carried out. We took on Slavia Praha on Thursday and some videos have been circulating on the internet of some fans singing racist chants about our former Chelsea player Mohamed Salah. When I saw this video on Twitter it made me physically sick. It’s absolutely vile to see this sort of behaviour and it’s an embarrassment on all of us fans and the entire club. These people aren’t ‘Chelsea fans’ as there is no room for any type of behaviour like that at our club, in football or in life. It made me physically sick however it is promising to see Chelsea taking action against these individuals carrying out such horrific chants and behaviour. I repeat there is no room for this at our club!’’
‘’Finally, I would like to say I will be attending the game at Liverpool on Sunday and I’m very much looking forward to it. However, it will be very emotional as well because it is the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster which was absolutely horrific and will never be forgotten by any football fan.’’
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Chelsea fans will expect to see Sarri put his strongest team out on Sunday. The starting 11 has been debated massively as of the moment especially on Twitter. However, it was clear to see against Slavia Praha that Sarri rested several players in preparation for this Sunday’s game. A massive question that Chelsea fan’s will have at the moment is if Sarri will play the youngsters who have been having a massive impact on the Chelsea team in their appearances. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been great for the Blues. Will it be their time to shine at Anfield?
It’s all to play for on Sunday and what an interesting game I’m sure it’ll be.
(Photo+ Featured image- Liverpool FC)