In their pursuit of their first Premier League title in 29 years, Liverpool face Chelsea Sunday and must secure 3 points to keep pace with Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side took care of Porto Tuesday Night in a 2-0 win giving them a solid aggregate lead heading into the second leg of their Champions League Quarter Final Match up. If the Reds are to keep improving their form in the final stretch of the 2018-19 campaign, Mohamed Salah will have to continue building momentum. Liverpool’s goal ace faced a significant drought while stars like Red’s winger Sadio Mane has picked up the pace scoring 20 goals in all competitions this season.
Manchester City and Liverpool are coming down to the wire and the showdown on Sunday could ultimately decide the Red’s fate on decision day.
It’s been a historic season for LFC, with the Reds totaling goals and points never seen by the club before at this stage in the season. It could either be the double for Liverpool or history could judge them in the harshest of ways if they miss both the premier league title and fail to capture the Champions League title after making it to the final last year and currently in the quarter final this year with a 2-0 aggregate lead heading into the second leg.
Expected Starting Lineups
Liverpool will likely play their strongest squad and I expect Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum in midfield, with the attacking squad of Firmino, Mane and Salah up top. The question will be who will join Van Dijk for the centerback pairing. Lovren is healthy again but Matip seems like the more appropriate choice considering Lovren’s propensity for getting too far forward and making mental errors in the back.
For Chelsea, it’s possible that Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi will keep their places in Maurizio Sarri’s starting eleven, with Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovačić, Willian and Pedro having played in Prague on Thursday night.
Liverpool are aware of what this moment means and will not bottle the opportunity. The team has built character and leadership among its ranks and will do whatever necessary to avoid another “slip”. They will be on the attack and on it early, Liverpool 3 -1 over the Blues.