Liverpool will travel to London to square off against Chelsea in a tantalizing early-season matchup on Friday. The Reds are coming off of a convincing 4-1 thrashing of the reigning Premier League champs, while Chelsea will look to bounce back after dropping their first points of the Antonio Conte era. Here are three things to expect from the match.
Expect Jurgen Klopp to snap another pair of glasses
If you're of the gambling persuasion, taking the over in goals scored for this match is where the smart money will be. Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet to start the Premier League season, as have Liverpool. While defense is seemingly optional for both clubs, the pair have put papier-mâché over the cracks with potent offenses. Chelsea have scored nine goals in their first four matches, while Liverpool have slotted home 10.
Chelsea's offense runs primarily through Eden Hazard, who has shaken off the horrors of last season to already collect two goals for the Blues. Temperamental striker Diego Costa is as red-hot as his attitude, with four goals and an assist thus far. Liverpool is spreading the love around in their offense, with multiple players commonly finding their names on the scoresheet. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has a penchant for getting a bit too wild celebrating with his charges when goals are scored, and his glasses often pay the ultimate price. Given the state of these two teams, it might be wise to have a spare pair of specs on hand, Jurgen.
Expect Diego Costa to add another card to his collection
Consistency is one of the most fickle traits for a striker to possess, but Diego Costa bucks that trend. Not necessarily in a good way, though. In just four matches he's managed to pick up three cautions, the majority of which have been for dissent. The Chelsea rabble-rouser loves a good battle, and he'll get one against Liverpool. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his stiker is being unfairly targeted by both referees and opponents, but anybody who's watched the Blues knows that irritation is just a vital part of Costa's game. He thrives when he's under someone's skin.
The beauty of Diego is that he manages to toe the line like a damn figure skater. The argument could be made that he should've been sent off in two of Chelsea's matches already, and yet he hasn't been. Furthermore, he's gone on to score clutch goals for the Blues in those very same matches. He's maddening in both a good and a bad way, and you can't help but watch him. Will Friday be the day where his skate slips and he finally pushes the envelope too far? We'll see.
Expect David Luiz to make a resplendent return
With John Terry on the shelf with an ankle injury, Chelsea will likely turn to a familar face to fill the void. David Luiz left Chelsea for PSG two seasons ago, but a dearth of center back options forced the Blues to bring the mop-topped Brazilian back with a pricey summer purchase. He'll likely partner with Gary Cahill in Conte's defense. That same duo started and won with Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final.
The past aside, Liverpool's prolific stable of attackers will pile on the pressure when Luiz is on the ball. For all of his strengths, Luiz is still liable to make a boneheaded mistake in possession. Whomever Klopp starts in his attack -- Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are all attractive options -- could, and should, harry Luiz in his second Chelsea debut. The Stamford Bridge faithful will surely cheer the Brazilian early in his return, but the love-fest could end prematurely if Luiz adds another slip up to his blooper reel.