These two have been hard to separate in recent meetings but Alex Hilton feels Liverpool will have the edge when they host Chelsea on Wednesday.
This is a crucial week for Liverpool and their title aspirations as they follow this visit from Chelsea with a trip to Premier League rivals Arsenal on Sunday.
It could be a make or break couple of fixtures for the Reds who will be desperate to give departing boss Jurgen Klopp the perfect send off at the end of the season.
Manchester City are breathing down the necks of Klopp’s side at the top of the Premier League but the Merseysiders can protect their five-point lead with a narrow win over Chelsea.
Liverpool are 4/7 to see off Chelsea, who are 17/4, with the draw a 7/2 shot.
Home comforts key for the Reds
Liverpool have lost just once in the Premier League this season, a controversial away loss at Tottenham in September, but the Reds have looked a formidable force, particularly at home.
It’s 22 games unbeaten at Anfield for Liverpool who last lost in the league at home against Leeds in October 2022.
And it is hard to see Chelsea ending that run given their struggles away from home this season.
The Blues have won just four of their ten away league fixtures this season, and they have lost four of their last five away league matches.
However, they have managed to score in seven of their last eight away games in the league so a Liverpool win and both teams to score looks a decent bet at / this Wednesday.
Stubborn Blues can dig in
The last seven fixtures between these sides have finished in 90-minute draws and goals have been hard to come by, too.
Eight of the last nine meetings have featured two goals or fewer and the floodgates are unlikely to open at Anfield with Chelsea likely to sit back and look to catch Liverpool on the counter.
Four of the last five head-to-heads have finished 0-0 and Chelsea haven’t scored more than one goal in a game at Anfield for over three years.
The Blues drew 0-0 with Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Saturday but they have scored in seven of their last eight away games in the league so there is scope to see them getting on the scoresheet at Anfield.
A low-scoring home win looks likely but don’t rule out a Chelsea response so backing a 2-1 correct score at / looks a good bet.
Silva’s card could be marked
Chelsea can expect to be put under plenty of pressure by the rampant Reds and they could fall foul of the referee as a consequence.
The movement of Liverpool’s attacking contingent could cause the Blues plenty of problems and their desperation to keep things tight could see them drawn into making plenty of fouls.
Veteran defender Thiago Silva is likely to be in the thick of the action for Chelsea and he is no stranger to a telling off from the referee.
The Brazilian has been booked five times this season, with three of those coming in each of his last three matches for Chelsea, so backing him to pick up a card at Anfield could yield a profit at a tasty / .