Three issues Conte must address ahead of Liverpool clash

Chelsea and Liverpool have built a modern rivalry. From late-season clashes for Champions League football to the bitter relationship between Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez, there is a consistent undertone to these games. The games are often intense and usually exciting, and this season their encounters are particularly relevant at the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool have suffered a painful start to 2017, which was topped off by their EFL Cup semi-final elimination at the hands of Southampton and FA Cup exit at home to Wolves. Having dropped from leaders of the chasing pack into the congested top four battle, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have looked a shadow of themselves since the turn of the New Year. Peripheral problems with Joel Matip have been symbolic of their downfall, while the absence of Sadio Mane has been immensely hurtful.

Matches do not come much harder than Chelsea. This is the moment that Liverpool must turn their 2017 around if they still harbour any ambitions of winning the title this season.

What can Chelsea expect from Liverpool? What can Conte do to keep the Blues on form? Here are THREE things that he must consider…