Liverpool hosts Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the weekend’s Premier League action gets underway between two English footballing titans who are mired in mid-table obscurity.
Nearing the halfway mark of the season, the ninth- and tenth-placed Reds and Blues, respectively, only have 28 points to show for their top-flight performances, but the home team does have a game in hand over their rivals from the capital.
When Liverpool traveled to Wolverhampton Wanderers for their FA Cup third-round rematch on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp got the outcome he wanted after being forced to watch the “worst” game of his Liverpool career in a 3-0 humiliation at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The last time Klopp’s team failed to score in a home Premier League game was a 1-0 loss to Fulham in March 2021. This weekend, the German will oversee his 1,000th game as a manager, and he undoubtedly hopes to celebrate in style with a precious three points.
Chelsea is barely hanging onto their top-half berth in 10th place after avoiding a fourth Premier League game without a victory. They are behind Liverpool on goal differential and have an identical distance to make up to the top seven and Champions League spots.
Even though Potter has only won two of his past 10 Premier League matches as manager and the Blues have started a dismal five-game winless streak away from home in the top division since defeating Aston Villa in October, the Chelsea board has continued to support him.
Liverpool and Chelsea drew evenly in all of their Premier League encounters the previous season before the Reds defeated Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals.