Last Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United raised further concerns regarding the ability of Thomas Tuchel’s men to score goals.
Whilst Chelsea have, since the German’s arrival, extended their unbeaten run to a creditable 10 games, there seems no doubt about the fact that things have tightened up in front of goal.
However, the last nine league games have seen Chelsea score a somewhat meagre nine goals, a total that at present leaves the club’s ambitions to qualify for 21/22 Champions League hanging in the balance.
There is no hesitancy amongst the Chelsea supporters in believing that Timo Werner will eventually hit a rich vein of scoring form but the fact that it is left to both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to seemingly provide an outlet raises issues about the overall potency of the Chelsea side.
Thursday evening sees Chelsea turn out at Anfield, with their hosts having suffered four consecutive home defeats.
Despite their poor form, the game against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is still considered one of the major tests of Chelsea under the management of Thomas Tuchel.
Earlier this season, the encounter at Stamford Bridge saw Liverpool defeat Chelsea 2-0 in a game that was the second of the current campaign.
Last season’s corresponding meeting ended in a 5-3 win for the Reds, The Blues’ goal scorers being Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic in a game notable for the verbal spat in which Frank Lampard put his opposite number firmly in his place.
Once again, players from both sides will wear black armbands in memory of a recently departed player, with thoughts this time turning to Liverpool legend Ian St John.
Despite the now-bitter rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool that has deepened since 2005 when the Londoners won their second League title, the liking for the Scot is, I expect, universal.
And, were supporters allowed to be at the game, due respect would be shown by those in the away section of the stadium as well as the rest of the ground.
Having mentioned him previously, I will again end this preview by saying that I’ll be backing Timo Werner to score at any time during the 90 minutes at Anfield on Thursday, the odds being 3.80 with our friends at FansBet.
About the Author
Londoner David Johnstone is a home, away and European away Chelsea supporter and has missed just six matches since 2001 (although he’s quick to state there are plenty of other supporters with better attendance records than him).
He has been involved with the fanzine scene at Chelsea since around 1991 and started the ‘cfcuk’ fanzine in 1999 which was, until Mr Abramovich bought the club in 2003, named ‘Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army’.
David was also responsible for forming both the Chelsea Supporters’ Group and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust which are the main two bodies that represent the followers of Chelsea FC and take their concerns to those running the club.
A founder of the highly regarded Chelsea FanCast weekly podcast (but is no longer involved) and responsible for the crowd surfing banners and supporter displays that are seen in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on matchday.
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