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Alisson and Liverpool Prepare to Face “One of the Favourite Sides in the Title Race”

Saturday’s match against Chelsea gives the two Premier League title hopefuls a chance to set an early marker.

Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Liverpool have started their 2021-22 season with a perfect record, taking comfortable victories away from matches against Norwich City and Burnley to kick off their campaign. On Saturday, though, they will get their toughest early test.

Next up, fellow title contenders Chelsea arrive at Anfield, also sat at 2-0 after Thomas Tuchel’s London Blues recorded convincing victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal to start the season. If either wins on Sunday, it could set an early marker in the title race.

“We will respect their team because they have a lot of quality, some new players, and they won the Champions League last season,” said Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson of the Reds’ upcoming—and likely quite difficult—opponents.

For Liverpool, if they do manage to win on Saturday they will head into the international break riding a high in domestic action ahead of a September when things start to get busy, with their first games in the League Cup and Champions League on the horizon.

Meanwhile in the league, the break is followed by games against Leeds, Crystal Palace, and Brentford before they face another Premier League title rival, with big spenders Manchester City set to visit Anfield on the 3rd of October.

“For what we believe and for what we want to achieve, you are playing one of the favourite sides in the title race,” added the Liverpool shot stopper. “If you can beat one of these sides it’s always good for you to give confidence.

“We won the Premier League before and we know that we need to think always about the next challenge that we have in front of us, so this game is important. But we don’t want to make this bigger than it is—it’s the same three points as against other teams.”