It’s very rare that Romelu Lukaku will have apprehensions about facing a particular opponent, or travelling to a specific stadium.

After all, Chelsea’s club-record signing has scored against teams from north to south, east to west, country to country.

252 senior career goals is no fluke.

Just ask Arsenal for a reference, as they witnessed the Belgian’s ferocity first hand last Sunday.

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More specifically, approach Pablo Marri about his recent experiences at the Emirates.

Actually, better not, it might send him running for hills in order to escape the horrors of marking Lukaku for an afternoon.

But there is one organisation that will charge head-on to face Chelsea in battle, without the fear of challenging their new no.9.

Liverpool nightmares

Anfield awaits the arrival of Thomas Tuchel’s platoon this weekend, fresh from successive Premier League victories.

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Liverpool will host the Champions League holders on Saturday, aware they already have an advantage over the boys in blue.

Albeit a historical advancement, but one they can certainly lean upon with the Kopp’s voice coursing through their veins.

They might seek to benefit from Lukaku’s woeful record when trying to tame the Liverbird.

17 times the striker has played Liverpool as a professional footballer.

 

On only three occasions has he beaten Liverpool as a professional footballer.

Twice was managed with West Bromwich Albion back in the 2012/13 season, the other with Jose Mourinho’s 2018 Manchester United side.

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Lukaku’s goalscoring return in Liverpool clashes doesn’t much exude confidence either. Five is his tally, the last of which arrived over half a decade ago for Everton.

Lukaku hunters

If Jurgen Klopp didn’t need any more encouragement, he will be enthused by the fact Lukaku’s previous tussles with his central defenders often ends in defeat.

Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are likely to partner up again, tasked with the mission of keeping Lukaku under wraps.

It is generally an impossible mission, but one they might feel pretty confident about.

Last time the pair played Lukaku, a 0-0 draw between Liverpool and United in 2019, they managed to muzzle his powers efficiently.

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Matip had contested Chelsea’s centre-forward three times prior to that fixture, winning two and drawing the trio of encounters.

Evidently, Lukaku is a different hybrid altogether than the player Van Dijk and Matip have tackled before.  

But it may still be on the Belgian’s mind that this will be no walk in the park as it was at Arsenal.

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