Revealed: Chelsea Uncomfortable relationship with Liverpool
Chelsea will be in for a hostile reception at Anfield on Wednesday evening if Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gets his way.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side turn their attention back to the Premier League this week and they will need to be at their very best when they face the Premier League leaders on Merseyside in mid-week.
The two teams have tied their last five league fixtures including a 1-1 draw in this season’s opener at Stamford Bridge, but the Reds have only dropped four points at home all season and will once again provide a huge test for Chelsea in what is a dress rehearsal for next month’s Carabao Cup final.
Both teams still remain in the FA Cup but while the Blues will need to win a replay against Aston Villa if they are to make it into the last 16 of the competition, Liverpool are already through after beating Norwich City 5-2 on Sunday afternoon. Supporters of the Merseyside club are still coming to terms with Friday’s bombshell announcement that Klopp is to step down from his managerial position at the end of the season, taking a number of his key backroom staff with him.
But rather than create a downbeat atmosphere that could turn his long departure into a long-running wake, the charismatic German has issued a call to arms ahead of the visit of Chelsea on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters at Anfield after the victory against Norwich, Klopp said: “It was the first game after that [his departure announcement] and I’m not here to tell people what to do, it’s just we play on Wednesday again. The manager is leaving at the end of the season. [If you can] do everything to make it as uncomfortable for Chelsea as possible, that would be great.”
The Blues are currently ninth in the table having won four of their last five Premier League matches. Wednesday’s trip to Anfield will be followed up by a home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on Sunday before the FA Cup replay is staged at Villa Park three days later.