Allison is wary of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku – but says Liverpool are also stronger now that Virgil Van Dijk is back; Alisson: “We want to win every tournament we play – that should be the goal for a team like us.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker thinks Saturday’s game against Chelsea is an early showdown between two of the top contenders for the Premier League title.
The two clubs are among five who have won both their first two Premier League games this season – but someone will have to drop points on Saturday when the two go head-to-head in a thrilling clash at Anfield, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm.
Alisson showed great respect for Chelsea and told Sky Sports News: “I believe they are one of the favorites, for having won the title.
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“They proved it last season when they won the Champions League.
“We know how strong they are – but we’re not too focused on the opponent, we have to focus on our work, giving 100% of what we have.”
Romelu Lukaku has returned to Chelsea – having been signed from Inter this summer after helping the Italian club succeed in Serie A – and immediately proved his worth with a goal in the final win over Arsenal. last week.
“He’s a great player, of course, they get stronger with him,” Alisson said.
“He’s a great player, I don’t need to tell you about his qualities.
“We need to approach this game with the maximum energy and mindset we have to achieve our goal, which is three points.”
He is not a new signing but Liverpool are stronger this season, thanks to the return of key defender Virgil Van Dijk, who missed much of last season through injury.
“We’ve got a top team and having Virgil is really important for us,” Alisson said.
“He’s someone who gives you confidence on the pitch with his presence and his qualities.
“He can help you a lot defensively – and attack wisely, setting the moves.
“In the last game [against Burnley] he made a great pass for Harvey [Elliott] to score the second and he’s a great player.”
After ending a long wait for the Premier League title last year, the 2020/21 campaign is somewhat more sober for Liverpool, as they finish third, 17 points behind Manchester City.
Reclaiming that title is clearly high on the agenda for the new season but Alisson thinks the squad is too strong to not attack every opponent.
Asked if the race to the title was the focus, he said: “I think it’s more than that – we want more of that.
“Of course, we want to win all the tournaments we’re in.
“We want to win the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup – all competitions that we can be in.
“This should be the goal, for a team like us.”
Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head at Anfield on Sky Sports on Saturday night and Jamie Redknapp joins Peter Smith on the Essential Football Podcast for a preview of the big clash between the two Premier League title contenders.
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Champions League draw: Man City face PSG, Chelsea draw Juventus, Liverpool meet Atletico Madrid
Man City and PSG are in Group A with RB Leipzig and Club Brugge; Chelsea and Juventus will play Zenit and Malmo; Liverpool in Group B with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto; Man Utd meet Villarreal, Atalanta and Young Boys
Pep Guardiola will meet Lionel Messi again – with whom he has won two Champions League titles – after Manchester City were held to a draw by Paris Saint-Germain in this season’s group stage.
The two clubs in Group A are RB Leipzig and Belgian champions Club Brugge.
Chelsea – who beat Manchester City in last season’s final to lift their second Champions League trophy – will face Juventus, as well as Russian champions Zenit and Swedish champions Malmo.
Liverpool have been placed in a tough Group B where they will face three-time runners-up Atletico Madrid, seven-time AC Milan champions and two-time Porto winners.
Manchester United face a rematch with Villarreal, who beat them on penalties in last season’s Europa League final. Also in Group F are Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona – who have won 11 Champions Leagues between them – are at the top of Group E. Barcelona will compete in the fray without Messi for the first time in 17 years.
Also in Group E are Benfica and Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev.
Real Madrid – which has won the tournament a record 13 times – will face Italian champions Inter Milan, as well as Shakhtar Donetsk and Police Chief Tiraspol, the first Moldovas to compete in the Champions League.
Group C includes Portuguese champions Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, four-time Champions League winners Ajax and Besiktas.
In Group G, French champions Lille face Sevilla, Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg.
The group stage kicks off on September 14 and 15, with the final being held in St Petersburg on May 28.
Champions League group stage draw
Group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge
Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan
Group C: Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas
Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol
Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev
Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys
Group G: Lille, Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg, Wolfsburg
Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo
When will the matches be played?
First match day: September 14 15
Second match: September 28/29
Third match: October 19, 20
Fourth match: November 2/3
Fifth match: November 23 24
Friday match: 7/8 December
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