Chelsea’s next six:
Leicester v Chelsea (PL)
Chelsea v Juventus (CL)
Chelsea v Man United (PL)
Watford v Chelsea (PL)
West Ham v Chelsea (PL)
Zenit St Petersburg v Chelsea (CL)
Liverpool’s record-equalling 25 match unbeaten run is now over after a disappointing 3-2 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Reds have gone into the international break in fourth place but sit just four points off of Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League.
There is no time to dwell on past mistakes in what is the most competitive league in the world as an in-form Arsenal side are next up for Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield.
Here, we take a look at Liverpool’s next six fixtures in what is certain to be a tricky beginning of the festive period.
Arsenal at Anfield
After the international break, Liverpool host Arsenal who have won their last four matches in the Premier League and can move above the Reds with a win.
Mikel Arteta’s job was under threat at the start of the season but the Gunners have turned their fortunes around and have slowly crept into fifth place.
This fixture tends to be a high-scoring occasion but Arsenal have only netted 13 times this season while Liverpool are leading the way with 31 strikes hitting the back of the net.
Porto at Anfield
Four days after hosting Arsenal, Porto visits Merseyside for a Champions League match that is important for the Portuguese club.
Liverpool’s win over Atletico Madrid on matchday four guaranteed qualification into the last 16 as group winners so Klopp could rotate his starting XI partially for this one.
The Reds boast a fantastic record against Porto in recent years and ran out 5-1 winners in Portugal in September.
Southampton at Anfield
After a run of two home games in the league away from home, Liverpool now have back-to-back matches at Anfield.
Liverpool’s final game in November will see them take on Southampton, who could rise to midtable with a couple of good results.
Thiago’s first goal for the Reds came in this fixture last season as Liverpool came out 2-0 winners in May.
Everton at Goodison Park
The first day of advent sees the first Merseyside Derby of the season as Liverpool take on former boss Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park.
Everton’s poor form lately has seen them slip down the table into 11th, but they are always up for a fight against the fierce rivals.
Liverpool failed to register a win against Everton last campaign as this fixture was full of controversy after Jordan Pickford’s challenge led to Virgil van Dijk missing the remainder of the season with an ACL injury.
Wolves at Molineux
The busy Christmas period is now picking up and Wolves await the Reds just three days after the Merseyside Derby.
Wolves’ new era under Bruno Lage has been one of mixed fortunes, as expected but they currently sit in eighth place after winning three of their last five matches.
Former Wolves man Diogo Jota scored the only goal in this fixture in March as the Reds climbed up to sixth place with the win.
AC Milan at the San Siro
Liverpool’s final group game in the Champions League comes at the historic San Siro as this will be the last time the Reds play in the famous old stadium.
In the opening match of the Champions League group stage, Liverpool and AC Milan played out a fantastic game where the Reds came away with all the points in a 3-2 win at Anfield.
Klopp may give some youngsters the chance to play in this match as nothing will be riding on it for Liverpool and could provide some vital experience.
Here is how Manchester City and Chelsea’s fixtures look in comparison, with some tricky ties on the horizon for Thomas Tuchel’s men in particular:
- Man City’s next six:
Man City v Everton (PL)
Man City v PSG (CL)
Man City v West Ham (PL)
Aston Villa v Man City (PL)
Watford v Man City (PL)
RB Leipzig v Man City (CL)