As the destination of the league title gets clearer in just about every top five league in Europe, its crunch time in England.
Liverpool versus Chelsea is always a massive clash and Sunday’s instalment is set to decide the fate of both teams this season; one slip could change it all, it has previously . Title-chasing Liverpool are two points clear of Manchester City having played a game more and must simply beat Chelsea; who are looking to seal a stronghold of the top four race.

Mo Salah. Image: Getty Images 
Liverpool’s compact front three of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino and Sadio Mané would cause Chelsea problems all evening, and their flying full backs; Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold would look to occupy the wide spaces vacated by their forwards and whip crosses into the box. It’s the ultimate test of Maurizio Sarri’s improved defence which has conceded three in the last six games in all competitions.

Andrew Robertson’s intensity is a huge aspect of Liverpool’s game. Image: Getty Images

Liverpool, though, have an Eden Hazard-shaped problem; and the man with the most goal involvements in the Premier League is in that mood at the moment. The reds have to be wary of his fluid movement across the final third, he looks for spaces and dribbles at the defence at will and the midfield has to stop passes into him. The assured presence of Player of the year contender Virgil Van Dijk in defence should prompt Chelsea to deploy Olivier Giroud’s physical presence to keep him occupied.
Academy graduates Ruben loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi would be important to any good result for Chelsea. Hudson-Odoi  is perhaps key to pinning the aforementioned threat of Andy Robertson and exploiting the spaces left behind by his forays forward. The teenager is having his run in the team and must be chomping at the bit to isolate and run at the left back, who is no slouch for speed either. 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek would look to impose himself on this game

Ruben Loftus-Cheek would also be looking to impose himself on this big game against Liverpool’s dynamic midfield; his intense bursts forward and dribbling are increasingly important to Chelsea’s transition play. He would have to contend with Naby Keita who is picking up form having put in energetic displays and scored in the last two games.
Chelsea have to thwart the Anfield crowd doing their bit to roar Liverpool to the league title, on Jürgen Klopp’s 200th game as manager. Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 37 league games at home but Chelsea are also unbeaten in their last six league games at Anfield, they beat Liverpool there in the league cup last September. 

Eden Hazard celebrating his winner in the league cup tie earlier this season. Image: REUTERS 

Chelsea arrive for their third game in a week after away exertions in Prague in the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday; Liverpool on the other hand, last played on Tuesday.
The hosts have scored the most late goals this season (21) and are followed by the visitors (19) on that list. This game is set for a pulsating finish.
Who can stand tall after 90-odd minutes? Over to the titans
Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin
April 13, 2019
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Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin

Chief Editor of the Football Castle, Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin is a football junkie and writer of the beautiful game.

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