Jamie Redknapp believes Romelu Lukaku’s duel with Virgil van Dijk may show decisive when Chelsea face Liverpool in Saturday’s “blockbuster” fixture, stay on Sky Sports activities.
Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel’s sides go face to face at Anfield having each began the Premier League season by taking most factors from their first two video games.
Talking on the Essential Football Podcast, Redknapp additionally explains why Mohamed Salah is wanting “sharper than ever” and explains why teenager Harvey Elliott may save the membership hundreds of thousands.
‘First blockbuster of the season’
“I can not look forward to this recreation. It seems like the largest blockbuster of the season.
“Liverpool have had a 100 per cent begin however they have not been examined but.
“I can not wait to see the person match-ups within the recreation, particularly Virgil van Dijk towards Romelu Lukaku.
“Chelsea had been distinctive towards Arsenal, make no mistake about it, however Arsenal had been so poor.
“We talked about it being an incredible efficiency by Lukaku however he simply bullied the 2 centre-backs towards him. They could not deal with it and I believe any respectable centre-forward would have performed the identical.
“It should be completely completely different on the weekend towards Virgil and Joel Matip and I can not wait to see how that pans out.”
‘Lukaku suits Chelsea’s DNA’
“It is in Chelsea’s DNA to have a striker who can maintain the ball up and produce folks into play. It does not matter who the supervisor has been, each supervisor has preferred to have that point of interest.
They’ve had it with Drogba, they’ve had it with Costa and now they have it with Lukaku. All of their successes have been with an out-and-out quantity 9 like that.
“They have so many good gamers round him and, as a result of they’ve gained the Champions League final yr, that may give them the assumption that they’ll now win the Premier League. They may take a look at Lukaku because the lacking piece within the jigsaw.
“They have an abundance of high quality and there is probably not many weaknesses in that crew. They have youth, they have expertise and Lukaku brings in undoubted objectives.
“The one doubt about him is whether or not he is a flat-track bully. In opposition to the higher centre-backs, does he not have that additional high quality to go to the subsequent stage?
“However I imagine he is come again wanting as match as I’ve ever seen him. He was out of form at Manchester United. Now, he appears like an unimaginable athlete.
“If they’ll maintain him at that stage, Tuchel is aware of he is received a gem there. The midfield gamers round him will take pleasure in taking part in with him a lot.”
‘Salah wanting sharper than ever’
“With Salah, you possibly can just about assure that he’ll get his objectives. He is unimaginable. He is received that insatiable urge for food to attain objectives. It is what he desires to do and it is in his DNA.
“Very not often do you see a cross are available from the left and him not in there making an attempt to get a tap-in. However he can rating all sorts of objectives and he has seemed as sharp as he ever has performed this season.
“Him and Mane are attending to an age the place they’re taking a look at long-term contracts and their subsequent strikes, so they should maintain proving themselves.
“That sounds ridiculous if you’ve received the numbers they’ve however I really feel they have a lot to supply Liverpool for the subsequent three or 4 years.
“They’re so good, so devoted and the angle is at all times spot on. I am very impressed by how they’ve come again.
“With the forwards they have, Liverpool may cause [Antonio] Rudiger, [Cesar] Azpilicueta, [Andreas] Christensen and whoever performs on the again issues due to the tempo and flexibility they’ve.”
‘Elliott may save Liverpool £50m-£60m’
“I used to be amazed Harvey Elliott performed within the midfield three towards Burnley. I believed when he performed, it is likely to be as one of many entrance males. Perhaps if Salah, Jota or Mane weren’t taking part in, he would fill in in that place.
“I believed it was extremely courageous of Jurgen Klopp to play him within the recreation, particularly within the first recreation of the season at Anfield, as one of many three, however it simply reveals you ways a lot belief he has on this younger man.
“I believe the very fact he went to Blackburn on mortgage final season was sensible for him.
“He is received great talent and shut management. He is courageous on the ball and he is received a wand of a left foot. With just a little bit extra confidence and game-time, he could be something he desires, this child.
“It will likely be fascinating to see if he performs this weekend towards a really highly effective Chelsea midfield but when he does play him, what a recreation for him. These are the video games you dream of taking part in in.
“Perhaps he is among the explanation why they had been comfortable to let Georginio Wijnaldum go. Elliott would possibly find yourself saving them £50m or £60m.
“I mentioned at the beginning of the yr that Liverpool ought to go and get Youri Tielemans from Leicester but when they have one already on their doorstep, he might be their man for the long run.”
Essential Football Podcast: Jamie Redknapp on Liverpool vs Chelsea and Harry Kane’s golf skills! | Plus: Man Utd on the brink of a record
Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head at Anfield stay on Sky Sports activities on Saturday night time and Jamie Redknapp joins Peter Smith on the Important Soccer Podcast to preview the large conflict between two Premier League title hopefuls.
PART 1: It is Virgil Van Dijk vs Romelu Lukaku at Anfield this weekend – however who will come out on high? Jamie Redknapp offers his verdict. Plus, the Sky Sports activities pundit displays on Harry Kane staying at Spurs – and divulges what the striker is like on the golf course!
PART 2: Sky Sports activities Soccer journalist Charlotte Marsh takes a take a look at a brand new function for Adama Traore for a Wolves aspect who’ve managed 42 photographs however 0 objectives of their first two Premier League video games, and we dissect Man Utd’s outstanding run of outcomes away from house.
PART 3: We preview Leeds’ journey to Burnley and Information Editor Adam Smith names the statistically best-performing English gamers throughout Europe from the opening rounds – with a number of shock names within the aspect!