Paul Merson says Liverpool current the acid check of Chelsea’s title credentials however each groups could make a press release in Saturday’s showdown at Anfield.
European champions Chelsea put their excellent begin to the Premier League season on the road towards Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who’ve additionally received their first two video games of the marketing campaign.
Recent from tormenting Arsenal’s defence on his second Chelsea debut, record-signing Romelu Lukaku goes head-to-head with Liverpool’s talisman Virgil van Dijk in a mouth-watering contest between arguably the Premier League’s most dominant defender and attacker.
It is a key battle Merson believes might show to be essential in deciding who comes out on high at Anfield, and who will emerge as the principle challengers to Manchester Metropolis’s Premier League crown.
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“That is such an enchanting recreation, one which supplies each groups with the prospect to make a press release. It is large,” Merson instructed Sky Sports activities.
“Romelu Lukaku has undoubtedly improved Chelsea, however the acid check for his or her title credentials would be the Liverpool recreation.
“What I noticed from Arsenal on Sunday on the Emirates was every thing you should not do towards Lukaku from a defensive sense, that will not occur once more at Anfield. Folks say Jurgen Klopp does not change his means, however he should change one thing.
“He should put one thing in entrance of the defence as a result of if Chelsea are allowed to maintain rolling the ball into Lukaku on the sting of the field he’ll damage them ultimately.”
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Lukaku has returned to the Premier League from his tenure at Inter Milan leaner and having matured immeasurably after his spells at Manchester United, Everton and West Brom, and his first stint at Chelsea.
Lukaku’s all-round recreation will strike concern into Premier League defences this season however Merson believes that if anybody can fight the Belgian, it is Van Dijk.
“You’ve got received Virgil van Dijk who’s a Rolls Royce of a participant,” Merson added. “Will Lukaku go and decide Van Dijk to play on? I do not suppose so.
“That’s what Chelsea should do – attempt to take Van Dijk out of the sport – however Van Dijk is so cute and can simply come round Lukaku if he’s being pinned.
“Van Dijk’s tempo permits Liverpool to take that danger of taking part in greater protected within the information he’ll take care of that ball excessive.
“However Lukaku is prepared to run, he is each fast and highly effective, and simply provides a very new dimension to Chelsea’s assault, which beforehand did not have highly effective runners off the ball and in behind.
“Not many individuals are prepared to run with out the ball however Lukaku is, and if Liverpool play that prime line all it’ll take is for Lukaku to latch onto one ball in behind and it will be so long.”