Liverpool-Chelsea Live: Preview, Analysis and Post-Match Reaction

Nabeel KhokharCorrespondent INovember 7, 2010

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Liverpool fans cheer on their team during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 2, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool FC come into this match on an impressive run of results and with Steven Gerrard in full flight following his inspirational hat-trick against Napoli in midweek.

Matches against Chelsea are always tight affairs, usually played when places at the top of the league are at stake. However, after Liverpool's disastrous start this season, they start this game in 16th, just two places above the relegation zone.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have been awesome so far this campaign and sit impressively at the top of the league on twenty-five points, with an astonishing goal difference of twenty-four.

Liverpool fans will be interested to see which team formation Roy Hodgson chooses to employ, with many hoping that his usual use of two holding midfielders, particularly at home, will be dispensed with.

Pepe Reina will no doubt start in goal, as he has been just behind Gerrard as Liverpool's player of the season so far.

Glen Johnson should be back for the side following his outing in the Europa League. Many fans would love to see Johnson employed on the right side of midfield with Martin Kelly filling in the right back role. This would give Johnson more freedom to attack and remove him from his defensive duties.

The job of keeping Didier Drogba quiet should be given to Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Krygiakos. However, Hodgson has been using the partnership of Martin Skrtel and Krygiakos, and it is doubtful he has the presence of mind to drop Skrtel.

In midfield, any sign of Christian Poulsen on the team sheet will fill most Liverpool fans with disappointment. The Dane is just not what fans consider to be a Liverpool-caliber player.

Raul Merieles is finding his feet in the club and adjusting to English football, though he is far more effective in central midfield and tends to disappear when pushed out on the flanks by his manager.

Maxi Rodriguez has begun to show signs of the player he can be when he plays for his country—expect him to start on the left wing.

Dirk Kuyt may make a return to the right flank after a lengthy spell out injured.

Up front, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will form their partnership. Gerrard will be riding the wave of adrenalin carried over from his match-winning performance in mid-field.

Follow all the build up to the big match here on BR, with team-sheets, formations, players, tactics and strategies for the match.

Then blow-by-blow, tackle-by-tackle coverage, analysis and reaction during the game.

With kick-off at 16:00 GMT, all Liverpool fans will be gearing up and getting ready.

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