A ferocious battle between English Premier League title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool will undoubtedly serve as the headline fixture in this weekend’s third round of highly-anticipated action.
Although it’s early days, both the Blues and the Reds will be satisfied with back-to-back wins to start the season, which sees them occupy prime position on the log standings along with West Ham, Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur.
This Saturday’s encounter is the battle that will separate these two title prospects’ early season fortunes. Despite this test coming quite soon in the campaign, it should provide a decent indicator of just how well-equipped each side is to mount a title charge this season.
There was some good news for Liverpool this past week as Andy Robertson became the fifth senior player in recent weeks to commit to the club when he signed a new long term contract.
Robertson was a key player in both Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League success and their league title campaign under Jurgen Klopp, and it speaks to the manager’s drive to re-sign important players rather than spending millions on bringing in new talent.
So far, Klopp’s sole signing has been France U21 defender Ibrahima Konate, who joined from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for a reported £36 million.
Meanwhile, Chelsea head into this clash off the back of a dominant 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend, with Romelu Lukaku marking his return to the club with a memorable goal.
“He gives something to our game we did not have,” manager Thomas Tuche Tuchel said of his new signing. “You cannot start better and we have to improve from here.”
The Merseyside men did lose the last encounter between the two sides, but they have won three times in their last five meetings.
The scene is set for another blockbuster clash that will provide a massive confidence boost to whichever team emerges triumphant.
Last season, the home side in this tie lost. Chelsea won at Anfield 1-0 and Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 in London.