Three turned away from Chelsea game after racist Salah song

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Paul Merson is predicting that Liverpool FC will edge to a narrow 2-1 victory over Chelsea FC at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

That painful loss came at a similar stage of the campaign and current title rivals Manchester City went on to lift the trophy by two points.

It's the late game - kick-off is at 4.30pm.

There are very few teams in the Premier League over whom Liverpool do not enjoy supremacy.

What is the team news?

We should not see it as a Chelsea thing or a Liverpool thing.

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The Reds led the table by five points with three games to play but lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea before throwing away a 3-0 lead to draw at Crystal Palace, allowing Manchester City to steal the title from under their noses.

But they were put under pressure for large spells of the game and head coach Sarri expects the return leg at Stamford Bridge next week to also be tough. They face Burnley on Saturday, then Brighton on Tuesday, knowing that unless they win at least one of them then their prospects of relegation can be upgraded from probable to nearly certain.

Five years later, Liverpool is finally recovering from the slip with another title push.

Jürgen Klopp has said Chelsea fans who racially abused Mohamed Salah should be banned from football for life and are symptomatic of a wider problem that demands a stronger reaction from the game's authorities. He's a wonderful footballer and needs time so we have to make sure he is 100% fit.

"On his day, he can be the world's best immediately", Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.

Before Thursday's match, Chelsea identified three of the six people in the video and prevented them from entering Slavia Prague's stadium. As expected his xG90 or xA90 stats are not high but his xGBuildup90 (Total xG of every possession without key passes and shots) is 0.51, which means that Henderson adds half an expected goal to Liverpool just by getting involved in the buildup for 90 minutes. Both are now leaders in the squad and the players will listen eagerly to what they have to say. However, this season, Liverpool have time and again showed that they can bounce back from the most hard of situations.

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