A defeat to the West Londoners would see Brendan Rodgers’ side move onto five for the season - just one fewer than the entirety of last term - and would increase Chelsea’s lead on their Merseyside rivals to 15 points - whilst widening the gap between them and second-placed Southampton to seven points.
Having lost to Newcastle last weekend, Rodgers opted to rest a number of first-team players for Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid, and, although it ended in defeat - further lessening the Reds chances of progressing to the knock-out stages of the European competition - the decision has allowed the head coach to field a near full-strength side at the weekend, many of whom will be less jaded than their London opponents - who had to travel to Slovenia on Wednesday.
Having been defeated by the Blues at Anfield last season - the result which all but handed the Premier League trophy to Manchester City - it is likely the Anfield crowd will be well up for the fixture, and Jordan Henderson - one of the players left out at the Bernabeu - is keen to see the ‘buzzing’ crowd give a lift to the first XI during the game.
Speaking to the official Liverpool website, Henderson - who has been named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming international break - said: “The crowd always play their part, it doesn't matter what game it is.
“They are always up for it and always cheering us on.
“With Chelsea coming to town, they'll be buzzing for the game and another big game for everyone. I'm sure the crowd can help us in that sense.”
A win for Liverpool would alleviate the pressure that has been growing on Brendan Rodgers in the last few weeks, and it could be the event to kick-start the Reds stuttering season.