This weekend Liverpool take on old rivals Chelsea. The West London side are detested by Reds the world over, it is one of the most fiercely contested games in the calendar. This season there is the added spice of the two sides being tipped to challenge for the Premier League title. Thankfully for Jürgen Klopp’s side, Liverpool are playing Chelsea at the perfect time.
This summer Chelsea have spent an extraordinary amount of money.
Once again the side seem intent on trying to buy success with Frank Lampard having spent around £200m according to Transfermarkt.
The big spend, in comparison to the Reds’ frugality, led to Jürgen Klopp pointing out that Liverpool aren’t owned by an oligarch, meaning we can’t spend so extravagantly when we don’t know when fans will be allowed back into the stadium.
Lacklustre Brighton win
The Pensioners kicked off their season with a trip to the Amex, facing Graham Potter’s Brighton.
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The hosts looked the better side throughout the game, regularly threatening the Chelsea goal. Ex-Blues player Tariq Lamptey was the standout performer of the game.
Frank Lampard’s side got lucky on their way to a 3-1 win. A lazy pass in the middle led to the visitors taking the lead from the spot and, with Brighton threatening an equaliser at 2-1, Chelsea pulled two ahead with a heavily deflected effort.
The 3-1 scoreline more than flattered Lampard’s side.
Best time to play the Chels
Sure, Lampard has spent big. The issue with spending so big is gelling the superstars together.
Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are all extremely talented players. Getting to know each other in time to take on Liverpool is a huge task.
Further down the line these players will have settled in, right now they don’t appear to have gelled.
Chelsea were disjointed at best against Brighton, Timo Werner rarely threatened – only winning the penalty from a very lucky break. Did Kai Havertz even play?
The London side have made impressive signings but these signings will be given a rude awakening on Sunday when they come up against the telepathic organisation of Liverpool. There is no better time to play Chelsea.