When Chelsea come to Anfield on Sunday they’ll be in for a bitter and hostile welcome. Not only do we have history with the London club, but the videos that circulated this week of Chelsea fans directing racist and Islamophobic chants at Mo Salah have been met with intense condemnation.
Formerly of Chelsea, Salah will be joined in attack by Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino – the three have scored 47 league goals between them already this season and 56 in all competitions.
Impressive numbers, but the goals don’t score themselves. “This all comes day after day of work, of working together each day,” Firmino told Sky Sports ahead of the Chelsea’s visit to Anfield.
The Brazilian has been responsible for 12 of those league goals plus seven assists and we’ll need him at his best if we’re to beat Chelsea at Anfield for the first time since 2012.
“We’ve been together now almost three years. We are only growing every day. In training sessions, in games, we already know each other perfectly, and I hope it can keep going in this way.”
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Firmino’s relationship with Salah will be of utmost importance when Chelsea come to Merseyside. “It’s very important that he’s scoring and helping us win games,” our No. 9 said of the Egyptian, as he hopes he gets a goal against his former side.
Back in form after that goal against Southampton last time out, Salah’s return to form has come at the perfect time.
But with 15 goals and eight assists in all competitions, Bobby is not doing too badly himself and he scored again in the Porto game on Tuesday.
“In my view, I am good, I’m 100 per cent and I feel great,” said the 27-year-old.
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“I’ve got a lot of belief, and I just want to help my teammates win games, giving my all out on the field. I hope we can do our best, achieve our goals, and that I can continue helping my team.”
Speaking of goals, Firmino also scored his first-ever hat-trick of his career when we destroyed Arsenal at home back in December.
“It was an important victory for giving us confidence, for our team to keep winning games.
“In particular, it was a special day for me, scoring the first hat-trick of my career. And I could help my teammates with the victory. It was a difficult game, we went behind, but turned it around, and I am happy to have helped the team, and it was a great game for everyone.”
We’re not sure that the Chelsea game will go quite the same way, and Bobby has issued a warning of the danger Chelsea present.
“It should be a good game – they are a great team, with great players, we know that,” Firmino said.
“It’s a classic, a great game, and we will have to be 100 per cent switched on, focused on the game, and do our best – that is the most important thing.
We need to teach Chelsea a massive lesson by battering them on Sunday and show their fans that racist abuse will never be tolerated.