Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday and a statistic has emerged that suggests the Reds will overcome the Blues.
Maurizio Sarri’s side has lost its last five away games in the Premier League against the ‘big six.’ This includes three this season, losing by an astonishing aggregate scoreline of 1-11.
This stat will be encouraging for Liverpool and their analysis team. An early goal could give the home side the head of steam they need to get Chelsea on the back foot.
The expectation is not for Liverpool to replicate the 6-0 win that Manchester City secured at the Etihad in mid-February.
Instead, the Reds will likely play a more measured game focused on managing Eden Hazard’s influence and exploiting the weaknesses the Blues have shown at the back this season.
Sarri has had trouble getting his defence in order and as a result, his side has conceded a goal more than the number of games they’ve played.
With Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino once again among the goals, Jurgen Klopp will be confident that his side can get a result but there is a bogey stat that could suggest Salah will struggle against his former side.
The Egyptian has found it difficult to score against the better sides in the Premier League this season. He has scored just one goal in eight games against the ‘big six.’
That said, the former Chelsea forward will be revved up and ready to score against his old team after the controversial events of the past week.
Scoring at Anfield this weekend will go a long way to ensuring those criticising and abusing him are kept quiet.
That and the fact that a win puts Liverpool in a strong position to win the Premier League and he and his teammates will be ready for war against Chelsea.