Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports that the fixture schedule will play into Liverpool’s hands when they face Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 at home on Tuesday evening and will have four days’ rest before hosting the Blues. Maurizio Sarri’s side, however, will only have two days to prepare as they face an away trip to Slavia Praha.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “I think Liverpool are a better side than Chelsea, but the reason why I think they’ll win on Super Sunday is because I think they’ve got a big advantage.

“They’ll have played Friday, Tuesday, Sunday. Chelsea will have played Monday, Thursday and an away game in Europe and Sunday.

“For that reason alone, I think Liverpool will win.”

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Liverpool are finding their form at just the right time as the likes of Keita, Henderson and Firmino are all hitting top gear after suffering form issues of their own.

 

Central midfield has been the area of Klopp’s squad that has been most criticised but after the last two games, the likes of Hendo, Keita and Fabinho have been playing on top form.

Chelsea will be a tough test but given the solidity of Liverpool’s backline, the renewed quality in midfield and the undeniable talent up front, the Reds will be fancied as favourites to win at home.

The main worry for fans is the form of Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been rightly criticised at times for being a little bit too inconsistent but his performance against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening was sublime.

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The Belgian always seems to step up to the plate when playing Liverpool and has scored some genuinely world class goals at Anfield and will be a major concern for the home side.

With Henderson being afforded a little more freedom than usual, the captain should be tasked with sticking to Hazard whenever Liverpool are out of position.

That should allow the Reds the chance to shut down Chelsea’s main source of creativity and goals while focusing on unlocking the Blues’ back line.

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