Molby: This Chelsea weakness can give Liverpool the edge
By Dominic Toner
Jan Molby believes that Liverpool must focus their efforts on testing Chelsea’s back four in the clash at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening.
The Reds will travel to London for the Premier League meeting and face a Chelsea side who remain unbeaten this season under Antonio Conte.
Despite their solid start to the season they have only kept one clean sheet in five fixtures, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s attack has been in explosive form.
Liverpool have scored 14 goals in their first five fixtures this season, including a 5-0 demolition of Burton in the EFL second-round, and have several key attackers all hitting top form.
Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of Friday’s clash after straining ligaments in his foot and Conte has revealed that David Luiz will make his first appearance since rejoining the club on Friday.
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Ex-Liverpool midfielder Molby has questioned the capability of the Chelsea defence and urged his former club to target them.
“Can Chelsea deal with Liverpool’s tempo? I’m not so sure,” Molby wrote in the Echo. “They’ll try to strangle our counter attack but if we can get it going in full flow, they’re going to struggle.
“Liverpool should target the entire back four, because the only one who can keep up with our pace and movement is Cesar Azpilicueta. They don’t have much in defence, and even Thibaut Courtois is showing he struggles coming off his line.”
Klopp is blessed with several talented attackers at his disposals with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane all starting the season in fine form.
The pace of Sturridge and Mane could be something that the Reds look to use as they search for another three points.
Liverpool got the better of Chelsea during the league meeting last season, winning the away fixture 3-1 and earning a draw at Anfield.
In other Liverpool team news, stats have revealed one area in which the club top the Premier League pile ahead of Manchester City.