Liverpool was atop the table at Boxing Day and fourth two days later. Now they will possibly be fifth after Sunday’s game — that’s how tight the top of the Premier League is right now.
The defeat to Manchester City on Thursday left a foul taste in his mouth. Comments about the referee afterwards were not needed as the reason for his Liverpool side not taking points could have more to do with Raheem Sterling not finishing a couple of easy chances when 2-1 down. Blaming the referee for a linesman decision which ruled out a goal before you actually went 1-0 up just smacks of desperation and rightly is being looked into.
The trip to Chelsea on Sunday will not be made any easier with the continued absence of Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Joe Flanagan, Jose Enrique, and Sebastian Coates are joined on the sidelines by Victor Moses who cannot play against his parent club.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to continue his assault on the Premier League, and a win against Liverpool on Sunday could see them in top spot, depending on other results of course. That would mean that the less than impressive Chelsea strikers (Jose’s words not mine) would have to perform, and hopefully Fernando Torres might find the way to goal against his old side once more.
With Manchester City having played on Saturday and Arsenal having finished their game earlier on in the day I wouldn’t be surprised if both Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini watch this match with fingers crossed for a tied game.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.