This fixture is always a virtual cup game. League form goes out of the window as one of the newest, fiercest rivalries in the division opens another chapter.
When this fixture was last played at Anfield, in May, half of the Kop were almost happy with the Chelsea victory, as it prevented Manchester United from topping their record haul of league titles. There will be no such charity on Sunday.
Chelsea, as feared, lacked Frank Lampard’s creative influence against Blackburn last weekend, and with the midfielder’s influential history in this fixture, Liverpool will be happy to see the Chelsea ace sit out another week of games- regardless of the hype surrounding the form of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
These games are never pretty and are almost always decided by the odd goal. These two clubs may have differing ambitions for this season after very contrasting starts, however there is no doubt that Liverpool will throw all they can at their old enemy- and with three wins from three in all competitions, Roy Hodgson’s men might have enough.