In August of last year, Mauricio Pochettino welcomed Jurgen Klopp's side to Stamford Bridge for his first home game in command of the Blues, which ended in an intriguing 1-1 stalemate. Liverpool won 5-2 at home against Norwich City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, their first game since Jurgen Klopp's shock declaration that he would step down at the end of the season. A ruthless Reds team took advantage of the Canaries' sloppy defensive play, with Curtis Jones, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, and Ryan Gravenberch all scoring to help the eight-time FA Cup winners set up a favourable fifth-round home tie against either Watford or Southampton in late February.
Klopp's side has extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to ten games, and they have only lost one of their previous 17 matches in the last two and a half months, but their mettle will be tested in back-to-back home league games against Chelsea and Arsenal in the space of five days. Liverpool currently sit two points clear at the top of the table with their closest challengers being Arsenal and Manchester City. Liverpool has every right to be optimistic heading into tonight's match, with a 22-game unbeaten league run at Anfield, but success is not certain, as there has been little to separate the Reds and the Blues in recent years. Indeed, the last seven encounters between the two clubs have all finished in draws, with four 0-0 stalemates in 90 minutes - the longest run of straight draws between two top-tier teams in English football history.
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