Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Azpilicueta hopes to ruin Liverpool title race again

Azpilicueta hopes to ruin Liverpool title race again

Chelsea and Liverpool both released strong statements condemning the video containing a racist chant that was uploaded to social media by Chelsea fans on their way to the clash with Slavia Prague.

Chelsea have also said they are "concerned" after footage emerged before the game showing fans singing 'Salah is a bomber.' Those who were identified were later denied entry to Eden Arena in Prague. The club confirmed that they would ban them from future fixtures.

By sheer coincidence, Liverpool and Chelsea are due to play out their Week 34 Premier League meeting at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

"The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is risky and disturbing", the statement said. Three points would keep the Reds well in the thick of it.

Liverpool kept pushing for an equaliser but an injury time corner from Iago Aspas fell straight to a Chelsea player and they broke up the field for former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to set up Willian for 2-0.

But Chelsea head into the game on a four-game winning streak, and speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp praised their form and stressed the need for "positive vibes" at Anfield.

Back in 2014, Liverpool, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, sat top of the table when they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Anfield in a match made famous by a costly slip from Steven Gerrard that gifted a goal to Demba Ba.

"At a club like Liverpool, the goal is always to win and fight for titles when you're wearing the shirt", the No.9, a goalscorer in the tie with Porto on Tuesday, told Sky Sports.

"I was on edge big time", said the England midfielder.

Liverpool have put their fans through the mill in recent weeks, hanging on to their title tilt with late, match-wining goals - they have been drawing going into the 80th minute in each of their last three games - but have won all three! Playing a Sunday game after a Europa League game on Thursday night is a tough proposition and Chelsea will be keen to avoid that fate for the next season. Anyone who wants to talk to any of my players about what happened years ago, don't do it. But we try to use the fan power and give them a boost by things we do on the pitch.

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