Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Liverpool

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Jose Mourinho will hopes his Chelsea side asserts that the new boss is same as the old boss when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool rolls into Stamford Bridge for a fascinating early morning showdown Saturday (Watch live, 8:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via live Extra).

It’s been eight matches across all competitions since Liverpool bested Chelsea, though the Reds have drawn four of those contests. The last time the Reds did the trick, in 2011-12, they swept the series.

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Both clubs are hoping to avoid dropping almost completely out of the title race. Liverpool is six points back of the Top Four, and eight behind the top of the table.

The Blues are a resounding 11 points back of Manchester City, which would seem insurmountable were it not for Chelsea’s quality and pedigree.

What they’re saying

Chelsea’s Loic Remy on team spirit: “It does look and feel like, after losing on penalties, that things aren’t going our way, but when you know the quality of the group and the fact we were champions last season, which was not by chance, the quality is still here. The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation. We will just keep training well. I’m sure the opportunity to win games will be here sooner rather than later, but obviously it is better for us if it is sooner.’

Liverpool’s Christian Benteke on the switch flipped by Klopp hiring: “I wasn’t on the pitch and I wasn’t the only one, but you could see that everyone was happy with how we played. You could see the atmosphere of the team change and you could see it on the pitch. Everyone wants to do their best for the manager, the fans and themselves.”

Prediction

At what point does it become foolhardy to repeat that Chelsea has too much quality to keep losing? Between red cards, penalty appeals and injuries, the Blues have stumbled to a lower-half standing in the Premier League. And there aren’t many managers as good as Mourinho, but Klopp’s about as close as it gets. It’s easy to see this match going in either direction, but we’ll see it down the middle: 2-2 at the Bridge.