John Terry is set to miss the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea on Friday after straining ligaments in his foot. Michael Mongie discusses whether or not this is good or bad for Liverpool.
BBC Sport report that Chelsea will be without their skipper when the Blues host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening. Terry picked up the injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday and subsequently left the stadium on crutches.
Terry has been an ever-present figure in the last two decades for Chelsea and has been pivotal in the club’s most successful period in history. But, it could be argued that injury to the Englishman could be in Antonio Conte’s best interests.
While Terry has easily been one of the best defenders in the Premier League for years, he has begun to decline much in the same way Rio Ferdinand did towards the end of his career. Injury to the 35-year old is somewhat disappointing from a Liverpool point of view as it denies the likes of Sadio Mane to run at a player who has had the pace sapped from his legs through injury and age.
Chelsea re-signed David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain for £18 million less than they sold him for two years ago. The Brazilian centre-half will be much better equipped to deal with the pace of Liverpool’s attack than John Terry would. Luckily for Conte, the decision has been made for him.
While Luiz may be quicker than Terry, he doesn’t possess the ability to read the game as well as the Chelsea skipper. ‘Sideshow Bob’ is known for making grievous errors in critical moments and when put under intense pressure, he could easily gift Firmino, Sturridge or Mane a chance to score.
Whatever the backline is for Chelsea on Friday, Liverpool will be right up against it. What the Blues have that Liverpool don’t is solid defensive midfield cover. Conte could easily deploy Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante in front of his defence to stop midfield runners from exploiting his side.
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