Premier League Sunday, Chelsea vs Liverpool: Open Thread

Join in the debate before, during and after today’s Chelsea against Liverpool match — the most highly anticipated game of the weekend.

There are so many talking points before a ball is even kicked. Luis Suarez, John Terry, Andy Carroll, Raul Meireles, David Luiz and Fernando Torres are just a few of the names who will be under scrutiny. But perhaps it’ll be a day when someone else becomes the talking point, possibly Craig Bellamy or Didier Drogba?

Starting line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires; Mata, Drogba, Malouda

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Adam, Kuyt, Maxi, Bellamy, Suarez

There’s so much on the line today with this game, so post your questions, observations, rants and raves in the comments section below.

21 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Chelsea vs Liverpool: Open Thread”

  1. Interesting. Both Martin Tyler and Gary Neville thought that Drogba’s free kick went in the back of the net (me too).

    The Gaffer

    1. Someone needs to buy Gary Neville a pair of glasses. He thought Suarez fouled Luiz when it was Lucas.

      Great match so far!

      The Gaffer

  2. i know i am old fashion but why can’t boots be white black or your team colors.these neon boots do nothing for me.they look stupid.Lpool 2 1 winners.

  3. It’ll be interesting to see how the quality of this Chelsea against Liverpool match will compare against tonight’s MLS Cup between LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.

    The Gaffer

    1. Especially with Guus Hiddink now available. I would not be surprised if later this season he was called to rescue Chelsea. This is increasingly looking like Felipe Scolari story all over again.

  4. I think the most interesting thing Gay Neville has said was that Drogba, Torres and Anelka have not all started together since this fixture in February

    1. Seems so bizarre that AVB is so insistent on his tactics of playing a high line. It’s almost as if he’s trying to prove that Chelsea’s defenders aren’t good enough so he can prove to Abramovich that he needs new players brought in. But that’s career suicide for AVB because the margin of error in this league is so small, and Chelsea need to fix things (and fix things fast) beginning with this second half.

      The Gaffer

  5. Great game and it was interesting till the end. First half Liverpool didn’t allow Chelsea any time on the ball and closed down their midfield quickly. Liverpool should have had a couple of goals before the half. That one goal lead is always tough to hold onto especially away from home.

    The second half belonged to Chelsea and Liverpool allowede Chelsea too much time in midfield and Chelsea will kick themselves for not getting more than one goal. The sucker-punch second goal from Johnson was a great goal.

    Chelsea have not been able to score enough goals and their defense lacks pace. Story of their season so far.

  6. Chelsea is playing a high line that is the reason why their struggling when Jose Mourinho was their manager the 2006 conceded 15 goals all season

  7. As a Chelsea supporter, this was a dreadful result. Something has to change with this defensive organization. Obviously David Luiz is not ready to play big matches at center back. I think the real issue for Chelsea starts with not having Essien. He is so valuable in the defensive midfielder role, and does a great job on both ends of the field. Mikel is terrible, I’m not sure why AVB doesnt try Meireles there? He’s done it before for Liverpool, ironcially enough.

  8. I’m watching FOX’s broadcast of Chelsea against Liverpool on free-to-air network TV, and what the hell is the deal with the creepy Halloween vocals by the voiceover guy trying to add excitement and tension in the build-up to the game? Awful and wayyyy overdone.

    The Gaffer

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