Chelsea’s how-to-guide to beating Liverpool

To quote Antonio Conte, Liverpool are like a wounded animal heading into their Premier League clash with Chelsea tonight. And to paraphrase my uncle who used to work at Seaworld, a wounded dolphin will happily bite your face off if it thinks that’ll stop the pain. In some cases, said dolphin might well be right.

Make no mistake about it, the Reds are hurting at the minute. They’re still chasing a first Premier League win of 2017 and have been eliminated from both the EFL Cup and FA Cup within the last week, following defeats at the hands of Southampton and Wolves respectively.

But there’s no doubt this is a high-quality Reds side; just a few weeks ago, we were talking about them as Chelsea’s main competitors in the title race; and Jurgen Klopp’s boys will be desperate to come back with a bang in front of the Anfield support.

Indeed, the path to victory on Merseyside, even amid current circumstances, is a complex and treacherous one, thwart with inevitable Premier League drama. Fortunately for Conte, we have a three-step guide to beating the Reds.