Liverpool look set to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season
Luis Suarez might have left Anfield last summer although the Uruguayan has chipped in with some timely comments ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Chelsea on Saturday.
Suarez was part of the Liverpool side left frustrated by their opponents’ negative tactics last season which led to Chelsea winning 2-0 and wrecking the Reds’ Premier League title hopes, with the Barcelona striker revealing that Steven Gerrard was in pieces for days afterwards.
“We had gone into the game knowing that a draw was good for us” said Suarez of the game last season.
“With the atmosphere at Anfield, with the fact that we had just beaten [Manchester] City, our attitude remained the same: we wanted to win. But we were conscious of the fact that with a draw we were still ahead of everyone. What I didn’t expect was for them to play for the draw. It’s true that they won the game but I am convinced that without that stroke of luck, they would not have scored.
“We knew that some of the normal [Chelsea] starters weren’t going to play, but we also knew that if they wanted to win the league – and people forget that they still had a chance to do that – they would have to play to win. For them to try to waste time when the draw was no good to them was something that I didn’t understand.
“We didn’t play that well, but I honestly think that there was nothing we could have done differently. We had 10 players in front of us, almost all of them in the penalty area. We could try a one-two, or move the ball quickly from player to player to try to pull them out of position, seeking to create some space, but then there would always be another defender in front of us.”
Chelsea might be a touch more ambitious on Saturday and the bookies make them strong favourites to win the game at Anfield, offering a best price 23/20 that the visitors claim three points.
However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fielded a weakened side at the Bernabeu on Tuesday with this game in mind and the likes of Gerrard and Raheem Sterling will be intent on gaining revenge.
There is even the possibility that Daniel Sturridge could line up in this match and it could be worth taking a plunge on the Reds to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the campaign.
BetVictor go 13/5 about a home win and that looks decent value about a Liverpool side nowhere near as bad as people are making out.
Perhaps we will finally see their true colours on Saturday.
Liverpool to win @ 13/5 with BetVictor
All odds were correct at time of posting.