London: Enjoying his most prolific spell in English football, Luis Suarez will look to wreak further havoc on Chelsea’s creaking defence this weekend to reinvigorate Liverpool’s stuttering Premier League campaign.
The Uruguay striker has seven goals — more than half of Liverpool’s total — in the league, with his effervescent form prompting manager Brendan Rodgers to compare him to star Lionel Messi.
“His cleverness and movement really is world class and he has been unplayable for much of the season,” Rodgers said.
Liverpool are 12 points behind to already be way off the pace. But recent signs have been encouraging, suggesting a new, possession-based style deployed by Rodgers could eventually reap rewards.
Chelsea’s notoriously stingy defence has gone seven games without a clean sheet in all competitions, seemingly paying the price for the team’s more attacking approach.
But Sunday’s game should feature a defence bolstered by John Terry.
“We have to work on the defensive organization in general,” Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said. “It needs to be improved.”
Chelsea lost their 10 1/2-week lead in the Premier League last week by drawing 1-1 at Swansea and are a point behind Manchester United, who visit Aston Villa. Defending champions Manchester City host Tottenham on Sunday in the other big match of the weekend, having slipped two points adrift of their neighbours.
After 10 rounds, the standings are starting to take shape and it seems to be a three-way race for the title.
Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge may end up being a tale of two strikers, with Chelsea’s Fernando Torres taking on the club that sold him to the European champions for $81 million in January 2011.