By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov.
Liverpool dropped down to 4th following our 1-2 defeat at Manchester City on Boxing Day and next up for the Reds is a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday, 4pm kick off UK time. The Blues sit one place and one point above us as we play our final game of 2013. The corresponding fixture last season ended 1-1 with Luis Suarez equalising John Terry’s 20th minute opener.
Chelsea are one of two teams yet to suffer a defeat at home in the Premier League this season – the other being Manchester City – with only City having picked up more points on home soil this season (27 compared to 25 for Chelsea) following that victory over us. Chelsea picked up their eighth win at home with their 1-0 victory over Swansea. The only team to leave Stamford Bridge with anything this season was Spurs who departed with a 1-1 draw back at the end of September.
Liverpool have never beaten Chelsea or scored even a solitary goal at Stamford Bridge in six attempts (three in the league) while Mourinho has been their manager, so hopefully one of those – if not both – will be put to bed after Sunday’s clash. Our record at Stamford Bridge is poor regardless of who their manager has been, with just 18 wins picked up from 70 attempts and with a goal difference of -50. In the Premier League we’ve won four of the previous 21 meetings, although three of those victories have came in our last six visits with only one defeat suffered in those six matches.
Our record victory in this fixture is 5-2 which came during the 1989/90 campaign, while Chelsea’s biggest home victory is 6-1 from the 1937/38 season.
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