It’s by far the game of the weekend, and when Chelsea take on Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Gary Neville has said that he will be hoping for a home win, and not because of his Manchester United connections.
The rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool has certainly escalated over the last 15 years or so, though a sizeable gulf in quality has opened up between the two sides in the last couple of years, with Jurgen Klopp’s men establishing themselves as one of Europe’s leading clubs, while the London side are in somewhat of a transitional phase.
Frank Lampard’s young side have shown themselves to be more than capable of scoring goals this season, netting five against the usually resilient Wolves last week, though they also look susceptible to conceding too. Meanwhile, the European champions have consistently demonstrated their ability to score with a clinical ruthlessness, setting it up to be a hugely exciting game at Stamford Bridge.
However, with Liverpool already five points clear with their perfect record still intact, Gary Neville thinks that it would be good for the integrity of the Premier League if Chelsea could take all three points.
“Sunday is a big game,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football.
“The last two years have been completely unique in terms of title-winning seasons. City have been incredible, and Liverpool have been playing title-winning football for 18 months and it would be nice to see them [both] drop points.
“Not for personal reasons, but to actually see City and Liverpool drop points, it would make it more of a dramatic season where teams can get points off each other. That’s what’s made the Premier League famous all around the world.
“I still think Liverpool need to win a Premier League title – it is essential that they do that, particularly with this team that they’ve got now. I don’t know how any team can handle that front three. They are absolutely magnificent.
“From a Chelsea point of view, they’re going to struggle so they need to score goals. It’s a really intriguing game – but I think Liverpool will win on Sunday.”