Liverpool travel to Chelsea in today, with Fernando Torres set to make his debut against the team he trained with last week.
Chelsea and Liverpool were the main characters in the transfer day deadline soap opera, and both clubs will be looking at today’s clash to make a massive statement in their recovering seasons.
Chelsea will be boosted by Manchester United’s lacklustre performance against Wolves yesterday, and can close the gap on the leaders to seven points, and still have two games against Ferguson’s side.
Today’s clash is arguably the most eagerly anticipated game of the season, with the centre of attention firmly on Spanish striker Fernando Torres.
The new Chelsea number nine is expected to make his full debut against the club he swore allegiance to not so long ago.
Up until a week ago, Torres was a cult hero at Anfield, however the images of Liverpool fans burning his historic number nine shirt, show you just how quickly that status can disappear.
Torres can expect his former team mates to be fired up for today’s encounter, with goal scoring debutant and new Anfield hero Luis Suarez, expected to lead Liverpool’s attack.
Both teams appear to have turned the corner in their seasons, with Chelsea on an impressive run having seen them secure nine points out of a possible nine, and scoring goals for fun.
The addition of Torres up front will frighten defenders across England and Europe, and the arrival of David Luiz from Benfica, will help to eliminate any defensive frailties Chelsea might have had when he also makes his debut today.
Liverpool have slowly seen the power of King Kenny improve their performances since the return of the Scots man, and they will be confident going into today’s game even without Fernando Torres.
They have won their last three Premiership games in a row, and have started to play confident and attractive football, with free scoring Raul Meireles looking to be a good singing under former manager Roy Hodgson.
British record signing Andy Carroll is not available for Liverpool today, but Liverpool have new injury concerns ahead of the game, with former Chelsea Midfielder Joe Cole being the only major absentee.
A hostile atmosphere is expected at Stamford Bridge today, and who would bet against Fernando Torres scoring on his debut against his former club.
Wouldn’t Andy Gray loved to have called this game.
Kick off is at 16:00.