Chelsea star 'surprised' by Liverpool's poor season

Nemanja Matic is surprised that Liverpool are so far behind Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

The Blues travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday, with a win able to take the West Londoners 15 points clear of their Merseyside rivals.

Brendan Rodgers’ side appear to have struggled with missing out on their first ever Premier League title last season, ending the campaign two points behind eventual winners Manchester City, although they finished two points ahead of the Blues.

Despite finishing up ahead of Jose Mourinho’s men, it was the Stamford Bridge club who ultimately prevent Liverpool from winning the title, with their 2-0 victory at Anfield all but handing the trophy to City.

The duo face off this weekend, and, following the Reds impressive performance in their 1-0 loss at Real Madrid, Rodgers will be hoping to see his side kick-start their domestic campaign with a win over the unbeaten league leaders.

However, a defeat to the Blues would leave them on five for the season - just one fewer than the entirety of last season - and Chelsea star Nemanja Matic is surprised that the Reds have been struggling this term.

Speaking to the Standard, 26-year-old Matic said: "I am surprised of course that they are so far behind us. They have a good team and I didn't expect them to be in this position.”

Liverpool have lost to Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa and Manchester City already this season, whilst they have picked up just three points from the available 12 in their Champions League group. The departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona over the summer has cost the club their creative force in front of goal, whilst Daniel Sturridge’s injury has forced Rodgers to use utilise Mario Balotelli in front of goal. A number of the Reds summer arrivals have failed to impress, and club captain Steven Gerrard has suffered a fall from grace, with his imperious form from last season falling away to mediocrity in the space of a few months.

Fans have been calling for Rodgers head due to the Reds' poor start to the season, and, if a defeat to Chelsea moves the club into the bottom half of the table, it is hard to see how long the promising coach will remain in charge at Anfield.

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