Chelsea v Liverpool
Sunday, 6 February 2011, 4pm GMT
Destiny. As former Kop idol Fernando Torres called it. The figure who was once the heroes of many growing up is now a largely forgotten man. Life goes on, and we move on.
Nothing should be on our minds except those three points staring at us come kick-off. Chelsea, 9 points ahead and having a game in hand, have the chance to once and for all kill off Liverpool’s hopes of a last minute dash for the top four.
Liverpool and Chelsea were involved in what the media dubbed ‘Manic Monday’, with both clubs having spent record sums with the bill running up to £134M. David Luiz faces a 17,700km round trip to Brazil in a bid to finalise his work permit before being able to be cleared to face the Reds at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, what would be intriguing is how two teams are likely to line up. Chelsea, having adopted a 4-3-3 system for six years, might need to deviate from the norm to fit Torres in. Which system would bring the best out of Torres? These points are headaches for Ancelotti, but perhaps welcoming ones.
However, what matters more than the Reds? Kenny Dalglish might spring up a tactical surprise to contain Chelsea, given how he innovatively experimented with an unfamiliar 3-4-2-1 system against Stoke to resounding success.
Dalglish knows there is a big job in his hands on Sunday. Win, and the gap narrows towards the top. Lose, and surely, all faint hopes of top four will evaporate. The desperate need for a victory rises after Sunderland’s 3-2 capitulation at the hands of Stoke.
The lads at Melwood will be doing everything in their power to ensure victory against one of their most hated rivals who have had no history. So will the thousands of fans journeying from Liverpool to London, belting out their voices in the away end, and perhaps feeding Torres with some stick. Everyone, again, must pull together in one direction to continue this winning streak.
3 wins in 3 games, with zero goals conceded is a massive boost. This is surely our best run of form in an error-strewn season. But can the Reds soldier on tomorrow? Emotions will run high, the atmosphere volatile.
But the winners will be the ones who soldier on, and come out fighting the other side.
Liverpool: (4-2-3-1): Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Meireles, Kuyt, Gerrard, Maxi, Suarez.
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool