The two teams have taken two completely different paths this season, where they have seen floundering stations in different stages that lead them to the same road.
Unlike Chelsea, Liverpool’s “slippage” was more recent, as its results have been declining in the recent period after being at the top of the league for more than one round during the first leg. The repeated negative results finally kept the Reds away from leaders Manchester City by 22 points, which theoretically killed his dream of preserving the title.
Klopp is the coach that has lost the most to the current Chelsea coach in his coaching career
An important victory for the team at Sheffield United, during which it ended a series of four-game losing streak in the league. A victory in today’s match will boost the spirits of the German coach Jürgen Klopp’s men to get the season back on the right track.
The team lost their last four games at Anfield, the worst streak that Liverpool have suffered since 1923. Another loss today would mean five consecutive defeats at home for the first time in their history. What is remarkable is that this series was obtained directly after 68 games at home without defeat in the league (the second longest series in the history of the English Premier League), which indicates a major defect within the Reds system.
The system struck a series of injuries that prevented Liverpool from appearing as required. With the substitution bench not being strengthened properly, Klopp had to involve players outside their positions in order to contain the gaps and come out with the least possible damage, but this disturbed the general balance and eliminated effectiveness.
Liverpool scored one goal in their last five home matches, which adds “insult to injury” when facing Chelsea, who appeared strong from a defensive standpoint under German coach Thomas Tuchel.
Klopp knows very well the difficulty of the upcoming confrontation, and he had previously expressed his admiration for the new Chelsea coach two years ago, describing him as a “wonderful, wonderful coach.” In addition, Klopp also indicated the tendency of Tuchel teams to organize.
Liverpool beat Chelsea in the first leg, but the London club became completely different with the new coach. Only Manchester City have scored more points in the last six matches in the league than Chelsea, which indicates the positive impact of Takhil on the system.
In fact, Tochel has yet to taste defeat since overseeing the technical bar for Chelsea, winning six and drawing three of his nine matches. The most impressive aspect of this was that Chelsea scored two goals only under Tuchel, thanks to the change of the game plan to 3-4-3, which returned the balance on the system. Despite the strength of the defense, Chelsea was ineffective in terms of scoring, with the Blues conceding the opponents’ net on only 10 occasions with Tuchel.
Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League with 44 points (AFP)
It was also remarkable that Chelsea’s record improved in the recent period, as the team won four out of five matches in all competitions, including a very important victory in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid with a clean goal.
The Blues have not won a league match at Anfield since 2014, but the disparity in readiness and morale may tip the scales in favor of Chelsea tonight.
The list of Reds’ injuries continues for the match awaited, but Klopp will be happy to bring back 3 players. Brazilian goalkeeper Alison returns to the squad after missing the previous game for family reasons, and his compatriot Fabinho has also returned from injury, giving Klopp an additional option in midfield and defense.
Klopp is also counting on the return of Portuguese Diego Chota after he missed the Sheffield United match due to illness, while Virgil Van Dyck, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Kaweimhen Kelleher continue to be absent. On the other hand, Chelsea enjoys all his cards with question marks over the participation of Thiago Silva and Hudson-Odoi due to their lack of physical preparation. It is a private meeting between coaches. In the past, Tuchel was the one to follow in Klopp’s footsteps, having succeeded him in both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
In direct confrontations, the balance tends to favor the Liverpool coach after facing the two coaches 14 times, as Tuchel won only twice and lost nine games, and Klopp is the coach that has lost the most to the current Chelsea coach in his coaching career.
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