Jermaine Jenas backs Chelsea to overtake Liverpool in the Premier League. The Blues have something the Reds simply don’t.
Liverpool and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday. It wasn’t a game filled with quality and both sides looked like midtable teams – a far cry from the two clubs who made both domestic finals last season.
And if anything, Chelsea had the better chances to win it. They would have secured the points if not for Kai Havertz’s very marginal offside, in fact.
Coming away, though, each team will have felt they made progress. Now the race for the top four is on – even if neither look likely of catching their rivals for the spots.
Who’s more likely, though? That was the question put to Jermaine Jenas on Match of the Day last night – and he feels the Blues have the edge.
“If I had to gamble on one, I would say Chelsea – with the number of signings they’ve made,” said Jenas. “Liverpool just don’t seem able to get themselves going.
“There were definitely some positives today for Liverpool, but I will go for Chelsea.”
Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League
Chelsea have certainly made signings. They’ve embarked on a high-profile campaign to sign every player under the sun, leaving no one for anyone else.
It hasn’t worked so far – and is proving very expensive – but they’re refusing to quit. Moisés Caicedo appears to be next on their list, and we imagine they’ll chuck in a bid for Jude Bellingham. Why not?
Now, Liverpool can’t exactly copy their ‘plan’ but Jenas’s words ring true. Simply by adding fresh faces, it’s more likely that Chelsea turn their form around. They’ve got new options to shake things up and Graham Potter can try new things – it’s an advantage over the Reds right now.
Jurgen Klopp can’t do that. Liverpool brought in Cody Gakpo but the Dutchman has been it – and he’s unlikely to fix the midfield. Thus the Reds will remain largely the same for the rest of the season. It’s possible that they turn it around but a lot more difficult than it is at Stamford Bridge.
And FSG should seriously take note of that with a week to go in the transfer window.