Liverpool and Chelsea face off in a crucial match as both teams struggle to find form, while Chelsea deals with life after Graham Potter
|It's a battle between the two struggling power houses of English football. How will both teams approach this game? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The elephant has left the room, and life after Graham Potter has started in earnest for Chelsea and their fans, who couldn't wait to see the back of the former Brighton man who was fired on Sunday.
When Liverpool travelled to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City, they scored first, setting the stage for an epic match that ultimately caused their manager, Jurgen Klopp, to stumble during the press conference following the game.
Although it was unacceptable, the 4-1 loss wasn't the primary issue. It was against the law to quit after netting the game's first goal.
After getting the opening goal, Liverpool did not significantly contribute.
The visitors offered little meaningful resistance as Manchester City played with the same ferocity the entire game. In light of Chelsea's unpredictability, how does Liverpool respond?
Speaking of Chelsea, their lacklustre showing that ultimately resulted in Graham Potter's firing has caused them to drop out of the top half of the Premier League standings.
With an eye on the Real Madrid challenge, the club's current objective is to see how high they can place on the log this season.
How will two clubs that are actually struggling handle this match?
However, how can Liverpool recover from their current losing streak?
Liverpool doesn't have the moral right to dismiss the manager who led them to victory as recently as last season, with two cup competition victories and even the Community Shield this season.
The last five meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool in all categories have ended in draws, and this matchup appears to be headed for another one.
Next up is a home game between Liverpool and Arsenal, so expect the Kop to go into beast mode the following weekend.
However, does that mean Chelsea gets a free pass?
The materials to beat anyone exist at Stamford Bridge, and it's truly down to the managerial inconsistencies under Potter.
Expect nothing miraculous from the interim managers, but the players must compete fiercely against Liverpool because a prospective replacement manager will be there to observe.
The Liverpool team's players must also rise up.
Depending on when the other teams play their important games, they may still finish in the top four.
If they win against the Blues, the Kops will move up to sixth place on the list. It's a contest that has stalemate written all over it.