Chelsea fans barred from match after singing 'racist song' about Mo Salah

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

They head into the weekend's Premier League fixture with a crunch game against Chelsea at home, which looks like their last toughest fixture in the league.

Back in 2014, Liverpool, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, sat top of the table when they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Anfield in a match made famous by a costly slip from Steven Gerrard that gifted a goal to Demba Ba.

It's the late game - kick-off is at 4.30pm.

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He will have surely told his teammates about how Chelsea planned to stop Liverpool that day.

Fellow midfielder Adam Lallana is expected to return to the squad after missing the last two games with a muscle injury. Three points would keep the Reds well in the thick of it. Now third in the table, Chelsea might find themselves starting the game in fourth position, as Tottenham would have played their game on Saturday. And because fate is amusing sometimes, a Chelsea side fighting for third is once again in their way.

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However, Maurizio Sarri's side have a poor record on the road following four losses in their last six away games in the Premier League.

World Cup victor Kante's passing has been similarly metronomic even with the attacking licence afforded him by Sarri this season, completing 85.7 per cent of his passes in the Liverpool half when the sides drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp has condemned "disgusting" racist abuse aimed at Mohamed Salah and called for lifetime bans for the Chelsea fans accused of taunting the Liverpool star.

"On his day, he can be the world's best immediately".

"We don't have to be scared and no matter who plays we will be 100% focused on winning the game". Callum Hodson Odoi could get a nod in place of Willian or Pedro as they both played on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho has a reputation for some cracking post match interviews and one that is forgotten, because of the incident it followed, from Chelsea's game with Liverpool in 2014 is pure gold. This is not the same Liverpool by any means, but the weight of expectation can be a heavy weight indeed. However, this season, Liverpool have time and again showed that they can bounce back from the most hard of situations.

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