PMB: Liverpool v Chelsea - talking points

January draws to a close with the chance to balance up our only dropped home points of the season. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready with the Anfield analysis…



‘Only through work can dreams happen,’ said Antonio Conte this week. The staging of this round of Premier League matches so soon after the weekend means that work had to be crammed. 

Yes, plenty of teams were able to rest regular starters. Chelsea made nine changes from the previous game for the FA Cup visit of neighbours Brentford, 15th in the Championship. Liverpool’s switches numbered 10, but they succumbed 1-2 to Wolves, who are three places below the Bees.

Though the preparation, briefing and drills specifically for this immensely important trip have been confined to two days, Antonio Conte knows that after tonight just 15 matches remain. As things stand any combination of points gained, or dropped by the Blues’ closest challenger that adds up to 41 points will bring the title back to Stamford Bridge.

This evening’s hosts were eliminated from two cups in a matter of days and have lost three consecutive games at Anfield for the first time since October 2012. A Chelsea win tonight would inflict a fourth successive home defeat – a sequence not witnessed by the Merseysiders since December 1923.