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Ex-Liverpool defender predicts outcome of Reds’ upcoming clash with Chelsea



Former Liverpool Defender Mark Lawrenson has predicted the Reds will play a 1-1 draw against their future opponents Chelsea in the premier league.

The two teams face off at Anfield on Thursday and the game could have a major impact on the ranking of the top four.

Liverpool and Chelsea are separated by a single point on the league table at the moment. A victory would not only be an increase in terms of points, but would also be a big psychological advantage.

Lawrenson, however, believe Liverpool will be happy with a point after finally ending their loss to Sheffield United in their previous game.

“Chelsea don’t concede a lot of goals, but they don’t score a lot either. Their new manager Thomas Tuchel kind of did steps one and two, which were to tighten them up at the back and stop conceding, ”Lawrenson wrote in his column for BBC Sport.

“Now he has to work on the third step, which is to make them a goal threat.

“Liverpool came back to victory at Sheffield United on Sunday, but it’s a much bigger test. I think they’ll be very happy with one point, ”Lawrenson said.

Chelsea to enter the game as lightweight favorites

Liverpool have had the upper hand in this game in recent seasons but they are without several key first-team players. Jürgen Klopp’s side have struggled to stay consistent this season and this may be Chelsea’s best chance to get one on the Merseyside side.

Chelsea have yet to lose a game under Thomas Tuchel, but scoring goals has been a problem. Timo Werner is yet to find his touch of goal under his compatriot, while Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic have struggled to regain their form at the start of the season.

Chelsea last beat Liverpool in the league in 2018, and it may be their best chance to end their two-year league run without a win against the Reds.

Tuchel’s side have lost ground in the battle for the top four places as they have drawn in their last two games in the league and will want to return to victory.

The race for the top four is likely to be on a tight line this season, with West Ham United, Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in the mix as well.

Posted on March 03, 2021, 12:09 PM




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