The Scot has asked for his team to be judged at the end of the season, although it’s hard to see what difference games against Chelsea and Swansea will make considering Liverpool have been largely disappointing ever since they drew at home to Sunderland.
Saturday’s reverse at Wembley means that the Merseyside club are going to finish the 2011/12 campaign with a Carling Cup and a mid-table finish, hardly the stuff of dreams and questions will be asked from the Fenway Sports Group in the summer.
Liverpool are a 6/4 chance (Paddy Power free bets) to get revenge on Chelsea by winning this Premier League contest and they have a decent chance of claiming the points considering Roberto Di Matteo’s side are probably still celebrating their FA Cup triumph.
Even so, some people won’t want to touch Liverpool with a bargepole at Anfield when you consider they have won just 5 of their 18 matches in front of their own supporters. That is less than Blackburn Rovers and QPR.
Andy Carroll was the best player in a red shirt against Chelsea despite making just a 35 minute cameo and the former Newcastle forward will now hope to further impress Roy Hodgson by finding the net again in this match. He can be backed at 13/2 (Blue Square bookmaker) to break the deadlock.
Chelsea have the small matter of a Champions League final, although that’s still a little while away and Di Matteo has the small matter of a permanent manager position to cement at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian demanding total focus from his team even if a top four position looks out of the question.
BetVictor are happy to lay the Blues at 85/40 which looks a big price and a certain Mr Torres will be lining up for this match, with the Spaniard looking to play his way into the starting line-up for the Champions League final. He is 13/2 to score the first goal as he did so often in a Liverpool shirt before making the £50 million switch.