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Preview of Chelsea versus Liverpool this afternoon

A look at the form guide shows Liverpool above Chelsea by two points over the last six games, although Liverpool have scored less goals (eight compared to Chelsea’s twelve) they have shipped far less conceding on only three occasions compared to Chelsea’s eight.

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Liverpool travel to Chelsea this afternoon in what must be the fixture of the weekend.

A look at the form guide shows Liverpool above Chelsea by two points over the last six games, although Liverpool have scored less goals (eight compared to Chelsea’s twelve) they have shipped far less conceding on only three occasions compared to Chelsea’s eight.

According to Opta’s stats, Liverpool have allowed the fewest shots at their goal than any other in the Premiership and at the same time being behind only Manchester City in terms of shots at goal. For Liverpool to get anything out of this game they have to that these statistics are not just numbers but a reflection of themselves as a group and that it shows.

In terms of personnel, Daniel Agger should be a must to start, because he has the pace and guile to deal with the best attackers. I would prefer to see Martin Skrtel retain his place also because the pair seem to be developing a good understanding at the back. Jamie Carragher should not be an automatic choice anymore. Kenny Dalglish should be looking to the future and Carragher isn’t it. Dalglish may even play with all three at the back, but this is unlikely as Chelsea do not seem to play with the famed three-pronged attack of days gone by.

At the other end of the field, Luis Suarez is likely to start, following an back injury sustained whilst playing for Uruguay in the week. Suarez will have to be at his menacing best in this one. I would imagine Dalglish will employ Suarez as a lone attacker, or perhaps with Craig Bellamy alongside or in an advanced wide midfield role as we’ve seen before now.

Midfield will consist, I’m fairly sure of Charlie Adam and Lucas Leiva, in the middle with Stewart Downing and Stuart Downing controlling the flanks. I don’t think this is a game for Andy Carroll but Dalglish could pair him with Luis Suarez to threaten the defensive strength of the “amiable” John Terry.

Overall, I’m optimistic for this game. If Liverpool stay solid at the back and look to exploit the advanced position in which Andre Villas-Boas deploys his defence then I think they’ll get the result they want. In so far as opposition players are concerned, I think an old adage shall suffice: We don’t need to talk about the opposition players, we’ll worry about our own. They can worry about us!

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The 23-year-old has been linked with the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo) and has been in great form this season.

The German has 15 goals and four assists in all competitions for Leipzig this season. Werner is also a regular for the national side and scored in their recent win over Estonia too.

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Timo Werner is a regular for the German national team (Image credit: Getty)

Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann was speaking to Bild and claimed Werner could be sold if the German became bigger than the club (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I’ve already advised many players to take off their wedding ring with their current club to move somewhere else.

“I’d do the same with Timo Werner if he were developing faster than the team at RB Leipzig.”

Werner’s release clause

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Timo Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart (Image credit: Bongarts)

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Liverpool are the latest club to highlight their firm interest in Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mail.

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Manager Lucien Favre has reprimanded Sancho recently and subbed him after 36 minutes against Bayern Munich (h/t Daily Mail).

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The Egyptian scored the second goal of the game and was bright against the Premier League champions.

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Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch during the Leicester game (Image credit: Getty)

The Liverpool forward continued after treatment but had to be subbed off as we held on for the win.

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Leicester injury back to hurt Salah

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