This Wednesday Liverpool will lift the Premier League title for the first time ever, their first top flight trophy for 30 years. The Reds will be doing so after taking on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Anfield. Liverpool will be hoping to finish their home season on a high against Chelsea, the visitor’s top four situation plays right into Jürgen Klopp‘s hands.
Fourth or last
Finishing in the top four is absolutely vital for Chelsea. If the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League then they will struggle to spend big in the summer without eventually violating FFP protocols – though does that even matter anymore?
Frank Lampard’s side are currently third in the table but their place in the Champions League is far from secure. The Blues need to win against Liverpool or Wolves in their final two games in order to guarantee their place in club football’s elite competition.
Less than three points from these two games would leave Lampard sweating over the results of Manchester United and Leicester City.
Parking the bus
Liverpool have struggled since being confirmed as Premier League champions and have particularly struggled against a low block, against teams that are seeking to restrict the Reds rather than play themselves.
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When teams come out and try and attack Liverpool then the Reds’ front three can exploit the gaps left in defence, the front three are absolutely deadly on the counter attack.
High tempo affair
Chelsea won’t want to head into the final day knowing that they have to beat Wolves. Frank Lampard will likely try and snatch the three points necessary as soon as possible.
This will mean that he will invite his team to play in Liverpool’s half, be brave and try and attack the champions.
Given Liverpool’s patchy form since securing the title the Londoners will be full of confidence – that’s just how we want them.
If Lampard’s side come out and attack then Jürgen Klopp can exploit this approach on the counter. A high tempo affair plays directly into Liverpool’s hands, Wednesday has all the makings of an entertaining game.