Former Liverpool player, Michael Owen has previewed the Premier League week 2 clash between Chelsea and Liverpool, and what he said as to who he thinks will come out on top between the two sides will surprise both the Liverpool and Chelsea fans.
The game will take place behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge, the home ground of Chelsea. It will be a real and early test for both teams who have title ambitions for this season. The match will kick off on Sunday, 20 September by 4:30 pm.
Chelsea players celebrate a goal vs Brighton
Chelsea started the new season with a 3-1 win over Brighton in their first game. Now they must turn their attention to defending champions, Liverpool who beat them in both legs last season.
Chelsea spent a lot of money on player recruitment in this transfer window and so far only Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have made their debut for the Blues. Out of the two, it was Timo Werner that looked more likely to adapt quickly to the English style of playing football as he did really well, constantly threatening Brighton’s goal and getting a penalty after he was fouled by the goalkeeper.
Timo Werner one on one with Brighton goalkeeper
Going by that performance last Monday, there is no doubt whatsoever that the German striker is firm ahead of other Chelsea strikers, Giroud and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order. Therefore it is certain Lampard will be starting him against Liverpool and his pace can cause Van Dijk and company one or two problems.
Chelsea another new signing who is likely to make his debut for the Blues this weekend is Thiago Silva. The Brazilian’s lack of training due to the two weeks quarantine after entering UK meant he missed Chelsea’s season opener on Monday.
Thiago Silva in training after arriving at Chelsea
Now the Brazilian defender has been training with the rest of the squad for a whole week and he’s in contention to start. If he does make his debut against Liverpool it may be vital for Chelsea as he’s still a quality defender even at 35.
This Chelsea squad is crying out for a leader on the pitch and the Brazilian is one. He could bring some coordination to that Chelsea backline with younger Chelsea defenders like Christensen, Zouma and even Rudiger improving from what they learn from Thiago’s experience.
Liverpool players after celebrating Salah’s goal
Liverpool began their title defence with a flying start last weekend as the Reds beat Leeds United 4-3 to claim all 3 points. The only concern for Liverpool in that game was how poor their defending was. There is no doubt in the individual quality of their defenders so Klopp and his boys will have to sort that out pretty quickly or it could cost them.
This summer Liverpool didn’t make a lot of signing like their opponents for this game but you could argue they don’t have to with the kind of quality they have in each position. Speaking of quality, one player who showed his class in their last game is Mohamed Salah.
Mohamed Salah about to shoot vs Leeds United
The form of the Egyptian is the main reason Liverpool escaped with 3 points against Leeds as he scored a hat-trick in that game and again he will likely be the major attacking threat for Liverpool when they visit Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool and Chelsea are two strong sides and both teams know they can’t afford to lose this game and that’s why Michael Owen has gone for a share of the spoils. Nevertheless, he believes the game will be very entertaining to watch and won’t be one of these dull goalless draw games we see at times.
Writing about his prediction for the game, Owen said: “If there is one certainty in this match, it’s that there will be goals! I fancy an entertaining, end to end clash between the two sides with honours even at the final whistle. 2-2 for me.”
If the game ends as Owen has said, it will be an acceptable result for both teams even though they would each prefer to have more from the game. But if it doesn’t and one team wins, then that team will likely be in the title conversation when the season begins to wind up, so a lot is at stake in this game, losing is not an option for any of these sides.
And this has started to generate reactions from the fans of the Blues.