Torres' Blues Versus Suarez's Reds

Chelsea vs Liverpool
English Premier League
Stamford Bridge, London
Sunday, 6th February 2011
16:00 GMT

The buildup to the Chelsea-Liverpool game this Sunday has been dominated by the transfer business concluded on Monday but there’s plenty more to look at, not least the progress made by the two sides since they last met in November, when Fernando Torres led Liverpool to memorable 2-0 win over the Blues.

At that time, Chelsea held a 5 point lead at the top of the Premier League and had only lost once – at the hands of Manchester City. Liverpool on the other hand were on the path of cautious recovery after a difficult start. Now, Chelsea trail league leaders Manchester United by 10 points with 14 games left to play and Liverpool are a further 9 points behind Chelsea.

Both teams will be looking to their January recruits to kick-start this season in order to climb up the table but only Luis Suarez and Torres are likely to start the Sunday game. Chelsea need to win this to maintain any hopes of challenging for the title, while Liverpool will be hoping to book a return to European football by leapfrogging Sunderland.

There will added incentive for Chelsea to win this match after a dramatic and eventful Saturday, in which league leaders Manchester United beaten for the first time this season while Arsenal blew a 4-0 lead. Most likey, Chelsea will try to caiptalise on their title rivals misfortunes. Liverpool's Champions League aspirations will require something special and a win in Stamfod Bridge could be the start of that.

Chelsea have scored 10 goals and picked up 9 points in their last 3 games and also have beaten Liverpool 2-0 in the same fixture last season. With Torres in their ranks and key players back from injury (although Alex remains sidelined), they’ll be expecting another win. But you can’t discount Kenny Dalglish’s ability to motivate his players and with the attention this game has been getting all week, Liverpool players will be up for it and will have a point to prove.

Jamie Carragher could return to the starting lineup. If he does, it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with Torres and vice versa. Would Carragher kick Torres out of the park? Just wait and see..

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