Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

David Healy: Chelsea will Kop the victory they need at Anfield for title

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti

In this column down the years I have often written about my admiration of the atmosphere that Liverpool fans generate during big matches at Anfield.

The Kop roar their team on and tend to intimidate the opposition in the process.

Liverpool have won many, many matches that way down the years.

Come Sunday though I will be interested to see and hear how their fans react when they are playing Chelsea.

It’s incredible that the destiny of the league title has come down to this.

Basically, if Liverpool beat Chelsea at Anfield or even draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s side they will hand Manchester United the chance to go on and win the league title.

It’s a nightmare scenario for Liverpool fans, doing the old enemy a massive favour.

All week the Liverpool players have been saying that they will give their best and go all out to beat the Blues and keep their hopes of finishing in fourth place alive.

Those words aren’t surprising. They have to say that and they’ll believe it too.

In the past they have always played with great intensity against Chelsea and secured some famous wins over them at Anfield recently.

I do wonder though if come Sunday that same intensity will be there.

Liverpool won’t have much time to recover following last night’s exertions in the Europa League and by the time kick-off comes around they may be all

but out of the race for a Champions League place because Spurs, Aston Villa and Manchester City all play on Saturday.

Then there is the issue of the fans. Will they really roar their team on as they normally do with the final whistle approaching? I’m not so sure.

Chelsea will enter the match in confident mood having hammered Stoke last weekend.

Frank Lampard was in fantastic scoring form and will fancy his chances at Anfield.

I can see Chelsea winning and taking another step towards title glory.

If they don’t, the other factor in all this, of course, is my own club Sunderland taking on Manchester United at the Stadium of Light after the game at Anfield.

Our manager Steve Bruce may have been a great defender for United but if you think he will be telling us to take it easy, forget it.

Believe me, Sunderland will be going all out to win the game.

United may be playing for the title but we have a top 10 place to go for.

We should have beaten United at Old Trafford earlier this season and I really feel we can do something against them this weekend.

Both matches are going to be intriguing that’s for sure.

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