AN unstoppable power meets an immovable object.
It is perhaps billed as Liverpool versus Chelsea, however the focus of this match ought to be the battle between among the finest forwards on the earth and the most effective centre again on the earth.
All eyes can be on the extraordinary tussle between two Goliaths in Chelsea’s membership document signing Romelu Lukaku and the Reds’ defensive pillar Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk, match once more after a critical knee damage final season, will certainly have his fingers full with Lukaku.
As most are nicely conscious, the Belgian is powerful and cell, whereas his off-the-ball actions and positioning generally is a problem for many defenders, one thing made so evident towards Arsenal final weekend.
However the Dutchman is just not your common defender, as he additionally possesses related traits to match Lukaku’s power and mobility.
Whereas having Lukaku appears to have made them extra daunting, Chelsea are additionally stacked with different attacking abilities that Liverpool ought to keep watch over.
Backing the Belgian up entrance can be Mason Mount and Kai Havertz — each anticipated to retain their beginning locations within the group.
On the bench, there are additionally Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, and each ought to make appearances in a while within the sport.
As for Liverpool, having van Dijk again within the aspect is a big confidence booster.
His presence in defence has introduced calmness to the group and permits his teammates to be extra adventurous with freedom to maneuver up the pitch to affix in assault.
Other than his defensive prowess, his capability to fireside correct long-range passes is one other high quality Liverpool sorely missed final season.
And talking of long-range passes, there may also be one other battle, albeit a barely totally different one, within the match to look out for — the battle of the English right-backs.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James will each be out to present England boss Gareth Southgate meals for thought when the latter names his squad for subsequent month’s World Cup qualifiers.
Each have a depraved proper foot as well, with James on the scoresheet towards Arsenal.
Since his return from a thigh damage that price him a spot on the UEFA Euro 2020 match, Alexander-Arnold has additionally been enjoying nicely and contributed an help for good measure.
Developing towards James might be Kostas Tsimikas, who’s prone to retain his place regardless of Andrew Robertson being match once more.
The Greek worldwide has impressed together with his combative efficiency, combating tooth and nail for the ball and attacking with a Spartan-like spirit.
It’s clear to see why teammate Fabinho had in July referred to as him a “monster” and James might be in for a torrid time.
Fabinho is anticipated to be recalled into the beginning line-up after lacking out towards Burnley on compassionate grounds, following the demise of his father.
The Brazilian could have an enormous obligation to assist snuff out the Blues’ assaults.
Chelsea have been spectacular since Thomas Tuchel took over in January however the Merseysiders will hope to place the brakes on their progress.
The Londoners have been buoyed by their success in Europe and a win over Liverpool will definitely give them a lot pleasure and larger perception.
Juergen Klopp might not care rather a lot about data, however he will certainly need to win towards Tuchel.
Because it stands, Klopp has the higher hand, having gained 9 instances and misplaced twice in 14 video games.
Previously 10 matches towards the Blues at Anfield, Liverpool gained three and misplaced three.