Chelsea will probably have to tweak their usual game plan in order to come out of Anfield with three points and secure a top-four finish.
The Blues have faced Liverpool three times this season; in the UEFA Super Cup, in the home fixture at Stamford Bridge in September and in the FA Cup in March.
Jurgen Klopp’s side won the first two encounters, but Chelsea also showed they could beat the Liverpool side with a 2-0 win prior to the lockdown period.
However, if we look at the statistics, the Premier League champions are the worst possible side the Blues could face during this critical time.
Liverpool’s counter-attacks and set-pieces could pose problems
Chelsea have had several defensive weaknesses this season but defending against counter-attacks is certainly one their biggest problems.
Frank Lampard’s men conceded seven goals from counter-attacks, the joint-worst record in the Premier League this season so far (equal with Aston Villa – Whoscored).
The bad news for Chelsea is that no team have scored more goals from counter-attacks this season than Liverpool (nine, equal with Leicester City).
Set-pieces could also pose some problems for the Blues this evening.
Liverpool has the third most set-piece goals in the league (14), while Chelsea conceded the seventh most goals from set-pieces (12).
Concentration in the opening phase of the game is needed
Another problem in this Chelsea side is their lack of ability to turn the game around after conceding the first goal.
They’ve picked up just eight points from 15 games where the opponents scored the first goal, won just two, and lost 11 of those games. That’s the joint-sixth lowest in the league.
While Liverpool are certainly the worst team to face in the first 15 minutes of the game.
They’ve scored more goals (11 – Transfermarkt) in the opening 15 minutes than any other team in the league.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his goal in the opening 15 minutes in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.