Football

It's written in the stars

Most readers feel that Liverpool will beat Chelsea and go on to win the league title

When on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini scored the winning penalty against Chelsea last week, it points to one thing - destiny.

When the goals-for tally reads 96 before tonight's match, which was also the number of fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster, it is no longer a matter of coincidence.

Liverpool are on their way to winning arguably their best title ever.

The Reds deserve to win the title for their swashbuckling brand of football and steadfast belief in youth.

They deserve it for the coaching ability and fantastic vision of Brendan Rodgers, whose positive footballing philosophy is finally bearing fruit.

The stars are aligned - we are going to win the league!

- Farhan Shafie


I like Chelsea more than Liverpool, but I must accept reality.

Liverpool are the more driven side in their bid to win their first league title since 1990.

Brendan Rodgers has done a brilliant job in turning the Reds into title contenders this season.

Without Petr Cech, John Terry and possibly Eden Hazard, I expect Chelsea to play defensive football.

I think Jose Mourinho will do the smart thing by telling his players to conserve their energy for the Atletico Madrid clash.

- Qyaerus-Syahrein


Liverpool will triumph against Chelsea tonight.

Anfield has become a fortress again and the atmosphere will be awesome. The fans will be Liverpool's 12th man.

The players' confidence is sky high at the moment and Chelsea will struggle to cope with their high-tempo game.

Then there's the Stevie G factor. Liverpool will want to win the title for him and the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

As for Chelsea, they are missing some key players and they have one eye on the Champions League.

I think it will be a great game but Liverpool will come out on top.

- Xavier, Liverpool supporter 
since 1977


As a Manchester United fan, it is gut-wrenching for me to say this but Liverpool 
will cruise to victory in this game for two reasons.

  • Destiny

In each of United's winning campaigns, there was a feeling of ownership and, no matter how many points we were behind, you just knew we were going to win.

I get that same feeling watching Liverpool. That arrogance and belief that they can win any game reminds me of United of yesteryear.

  • Chelsea

Even before Jose Mourinho said he was going to rest key players for this match, I knew Chelsea will not be in the right frame of mind for the Anfield test.

Roman Abramovich wants to win the Champions League, and with the semi-final, second-leg clash against Atletico Madrid to come, there's no way they are going to raise their game against Liverpool.

Not to mention that Rodgers is a Chelsea-trained man who owes his tactical astuteness to Mourinho. I predict a 2-1 victory for the Reds.

- M. Krish


As an Arsenal fan, I hope Liverpool will roll over Chelsea and go eight points clear in the title race.

Here's why I think the Reds will win.

  • Brendan Rodgers

I don't believe Jose Mourinho will field a weakened team against Liverpool.

He has mastered the art of psychological warfare and he is hoping that his comments will lull the Reds into some form of complacency.

But Brendan Rodgers would not allow that. He has worked so hard to mould his exciting team into title challengers and he won't fall for Mourinho's mind games.

  • Explosive starts

Liverpool's home matches against the big teams this season have been characterised by their explosive starts.

Just ask Arsenal, Man City, Everton, Man United and Tottenham.

Liverpool have obliterated these teams in the first half, leaving them with no time to recover.

That is testament to the brilliant tactical mind of Rodgers.

  • The Gerrard factor

The heartbeat of Liverpool. Mr Anfield. Captain Marvel.

Steven Gerrard knows this is probably his last shot at the league title. The team will not let him down. 

  • The aura of Anfield

The fans' rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" at Anfield has always given me goosebumps.

Tonight, the fans will be the 12th man for Liverpool.

- Muhammad Nizam