What a start to 2017 it’s been for Jurgen Klopp. He crashed out of two domestic cups last week, lost to Swansea the week before and has made more excuses for his team’s performances than I’ve made for spoiling my ‘Dry January’.
Now, on the last day of the month he welcomes Antonio Conte’s side to Anfield. They are currently eight points clear at the top of the table, and 10 ahead of The Reds who were considered title challengers until recently.
Chelsea to win to nil, 7/2
It’s difficult to seek out any value in this fixture, with both sides so short-priced to do the business. However, with The Blues conceding just six goals in 12 games since the start of November, this one is surely within the realms of possibility.
Their last four visits to Anfield have seen them come away with points, and four of their last five games have seen Conte’s side win to nil.
Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are both doubtful for tonight’s fixture, and although Sadio Mane has returned from AFCON duty, it is unsure whether he will feature.
Although Liverpool looked incredibly free-scoring before Christmas, the New Year has been a struggle and 7/2 could be a decent price here.
There has got to be some light at the end of the tunnel for Klopp soon, and a fight-back against the league leaders would certainly show that.
In the last two seasons a draw has featured both times, most recently a 1-1 stalemate in May 2016, where the goals came from Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke.
Of late, Liverpool’s scoring impact has dramatically slowed down, scoring five goals in their last seven games, a far cry from when they were banging in three, four and five per game.
With Chelsea’s defence tough to break down as it is, a draw may be a worthwhile selection.