Normal for title-chasing Liverpool to feel heat - Chelsea's Sarri

Carla Harmon
April 14, 2019

Not since 2014 has there been a bigger game between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Last time the pair met, in a 1-1 draw last September, it was the 58th meeting between the two modern rivals in the 21st century, the most played fixture in English football in the century.

The Reds were within three games of winning the Premier League crown in 2014 but their surprise 2-0 loss to Chelsea FC cost Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard and co title glory.

The sides have met twice so far this season with both games coming in September.

"I didn't feel sorry for him".

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has recalled a number of his regulars, who were left out in the midweek against Slavia Praha, for his side's trip to Liverpool on Sunday. It's not just about me - the club has to be in the Champions League.

"It's all part of the game".

Brendan Rodgers' team had gone into the final three games of the 2013/14 season with a five point lead over Chelsea and a nine point lead over eventual champions Manchester City, who had two games in hand at the time. It's the same as Crystal Palace past year when they were safe and had nothing to play for, they went and played at Stoke and sent them down by winning.

Ba was not a regular for Jose Mourinho's side that season, but nor were numerous players who started the game at Anfield.

The Basaksehir striker referred to the team that day as reserves adding, "I would say he put the reserve team out".

Despite my suggestion that City are looking vulnerable, I'd still expect them to find a way to win today and then all eyes will switch to Anfield for a game that could be billed as Liverpool v Hazard.

However, Liverpool's record against Chelsea at Anfield is not the best, having not beaten them at home in the league since May 2012.

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