One of the main factors is Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Andrei Shevchenko. It appears it wasn’t a groin injury after all.
Mourinho, though, has every right to drop Shevchenko if his form has been poor. Kalou is a worthy replacement. But if Chelsea doesn’t overcome Liverpool tonight, you can almost guarantee that Mourinho will become the scapegoat and Abramovich, at least privately, will probably blame it on Mourinho’s decision to exclude Shevchenko.
Expect to hear a raucous Anfield crowd on your television sets today wherever you are in the world. I can’t wait.