This weekend sees one of English football’s most often and most fiercely contested fixtures as Liverpool take on Chelsea. The two clubs hate each other. There is also the added spice this time around of the two teams challenging for the Premier League, the Reds have built a team for the ages and, this summer, Chelsea may have bought one. Liverpool could have a potential boost ahead of the clash with Christian Pulisic and injury doubt.
Tale of two windows
Liverpool and Chelsea have both epitomised their philosophies this summer.
The Reds, facing financial uncertainty, have decided to keep their cheque book in their pocket. Waiting until the fiscal implications of the global health crisis are clearer, Liverpool have signed just one first team player and they moved one on first.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have spent around £200m (Transfermarkt) in an effort to catch up to the big boys. Despite nobody knowing when revenue streams will recover, the West London side have gone for a massive spend – a massive spend which has inevitably brought them into contention for the title.
Pulisic a doubt
Chelsea’s American winger Christian Pulisic is a doubt for this Sunday’s clash.
The young wide man was one of the club’s stand out players towards the end of last season. Speaking after Monday night’s win over Brighton, Lampard said of Pulisic:
“Christian was training with us last week but he had a bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to be in contention for today.
“It would have been a big ask for today and he has had to take a few steps back and we will have to see.”
What RTK has to say
Chelsea being without Christian Pulisic would be a massive blow for the West London side and a massive boost for Liverpool.
The American scored one and assisted one when the Reds beat Chelsea 5-3 at Anfield in July.
He is undoubtedly one of Lampard’s brightest talents and given how shaky Trent Alexander-Arnold has looked in defence recently, we can be thankful if the ex-Dortmund winger doesn’t pass his fitness test.