Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Chelsea
In a game where the Blues will be searching for their third away win of the year, Torres returns to his old home for only the second time since his 50 million pound move away.
By Ben Cullimore
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard
Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho
Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Liverpool remain without Fabio Borini (shoulder), Joe Allen (shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee), who are all ruled out for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (thigh) faces a late fitness test after missing Liverpool's last two games.
As for Chelsea, the club faces no fresh injury concerns, and with both Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill on the verge of returning to the first team after spells on the sideline through injury, manager Rafael Benitez may well be able to include both in what is certain to be a strong side.
Oriol Romeu (knee) remains Chelsea's only long-term absentee.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last time these two sides met at Anfield, Liverpool won in emphatic fashion, beating the Blues 4-1 after going 3-0 in the opening half-hour.
- The Reds also have history on their side, winning five of the last 10 meetings between the two clubs, with Chelsea winning three games and two ending in draws.
- Luis Suarez (pictured) has been on fine form all season and leads the Premier League top goalscorers table with 22 goals, double the amount he managed last campaign.
- The Reds have had the most attempts at goal in Europe this season with 639, leading Real Madrid in second place by 43 shots.
- Despite scoring five goals in all competitions since the new year, Fernando Torres hasn't scored in a Premier League game since he netted a double against Sunderland at the start of December.
- The importance of the clash might spur Torres on to score, however, as the Spaniard faces the club he spent four years at, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances.
- Chelsea's victory in midweek against Fulham was only it second away win in the league in 2013, and before that game it was on a three game losing streak away from Stamford Bridge.
Top 3 Predictions
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
- 18.78 %
Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea
- 16.75 %
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea
- 9.17 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 21, 2013||Liverpool 2 - Chelsea 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Nov 11, 2012||Chelsea 1 - Liverpool 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||May 8, 2012||Liverpool 4 - Chelsea 1|
|FA Cup (FA)||May 5, 2012||Liverpool 1 - Chelsea 2|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Nov 29, 2011||Chelsea 0 - Liverpool 2|
|Dec 7, 2013||Liverpool 4 - West Ham 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Liverpool 5 - Norwich City 1||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Hull 3 - Liverpool 1||EPL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Everton 3 - Liverpool 3||EPL|
|Nov 9, 2013||Liverpool 4 - Fulham 0||EPL|
|12||John Obi Mikel||Midfielder|
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