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Liverpool vs Chelsea; Will it be the Reds or the Blues?
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This weekend Premier League action is kicked off with two English giants languishing in mid-table obscurity as Liverpool square it out with Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea only have 28 points to boast from this season's English Premier League and they are currently at the 9th and 10th positions in the league, territories that do not befit their giant football status. When Liverpool traveled to Wolverhampton Wanderers for their FA Cup third-round rematch on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp got the outcome he wanted after being forced to watch the "worst" game of his Liverpool career in a 3-0 humbling defeat suffered at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion.  For the first time since 1993, Liverpool suffered a back-to-back defeat in the beginning of a calendar year when they were beaten by Brighton. The Reds are now 10 points adrift from the UEFA Champions League spots and seem to have accepted that they are not in the contestation of this season's EPL title. 

It was refreshing to see a clean sheet for the first time in seven games at Molineux. Liverpool also has a dominating home record in the Premier League, having lost just one of their previous 32 games at Anfield. They have also scored 23 goals at home this season, second only to Manchester City in the league. This weekend, Jurgen Klopp will oversee his 1,000th game as a manager, and he undoubtedly hopes to celebrate in style with a precious three points. He can take confidence from the fact that Liverpool have not lost on home turf ever since the 1-0 loss they suffered from Fulham in March 2021. 

Chelsea were indebted to both Thiago Silva and Kepa Arrizabalaga during their visit of Crystal Palace as the two ensured that the West London powerhouse secured all the 3-0 points in a runaway 1-0 triumph. Kai Havertz's header separated the two capital rivals with more than an hour of the match played. The Blues also unveiled Mykhaylo Mudryk who is their fifth acquisition after they beat their London rivals and top-of-the-table Arsenal to secure the signature of the Ukrainian. 

The Blues are currently behind their weekend rivals only on goal difference meaning they also have an identical gap between them and the top 7 of the league or worse still they are far off the UCL places. Potter, however, still has the support of the Chelsea hierarchy despite having won only two of his previous 10 Premier League contests. Since overcoming Aston Villa in October, Chelsea have embarked on a five-game winless streak at home in the Premier League, something that Graham potter is so desperate to overturn. Both EPL meetings between Liverpool and Chelsea ended in a stalemate last season before the Reds overcame the Blues in both the EFL Cup and FA Cup finals on penalty shootouts. Neither side can now rely on the 12-yard prowess to inflict pain on the other and will have to settle on sharing the spoils if their weekend game ends in their common draw. 

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