In the two Premier League matches Liverpool has played in November, the Reds have notched up an impressive seven goals and conceded only one. Jurgen Klopp may have had a team high in confidence and momentum to work with ahead of Liverpool’s home clash against Chelsea on Saturday, but for the startling performance in the Champions League midweek.
Travelling away to Sevilla, the Reds raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half, but inexplicably switched off in the second half to be held 3-3 – a game that proved to be the reverse of what Liverpool had achieved in the historic 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan.
Throughout the season so far, Klopp has had to tackle bouts of inconsistency between matches. Of late, however, despite the draw in Spain, the German coach has managed to get his team to put on a stern and effective attacking display. So much so that they hold a three-game winning run in the Premier League right now.
And in these last few games, Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has shown up as Liverpool’s most impressive player. The 25-year-old has now notched up nine goals in his 12 Premier League games, putting him at the top of the leaderboard. His contribution has been all the more crucial especially since attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is yet to find a strong footing this season.
The hosts at Anfield will need Salah at his best though, as Chelsea have their own powerful entourage.
Alvaro Morata leads the defending champions’ attack, with the Spaniard having scored eight times in his debut season in England. Then there is the threat presented by both Eden Hazard and Willian, as Antonio Conte’s side has steadily started to find rhythm this season.
At the same time, Liverpool’s defence has been its weakest link this season. Their main centre-back Dejan Lovren’s for, in particular, has been alarming as the Croat has erred frequently, rendering all of Liverpool’s attacking prowess insufficient. Against Tottenham, Lovren put on a disastrous performance as the Reds lost 4-1 at Wembley. Lovren himself was subject to ‘death threats’ after the match.
At Anfield however, Liverpool has managed to hold together firmly, as they remain unbeaten at home so far this season – they even held Manchester United to a goalless draw.
But the Reds will be hoping for a better result against the defending champions to continue their ascent this season.