Blood Red: The striking parallels with the past - but why it can be different for Liverpool


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It's hard to ignore the parallels between this weekend's crucial visit of Chelsea and the corresponding clash between the clubs almost exactly five years ago at the back end of the 2013-14 campaign. Everyone knows what happened that day - Steven Gerrard's slip, Jose Mourinho's antics - and it would be fair to say that game could be in the back of the mind of some Liverpool supporters come Sunday. But that won't be the case with Jurgen Klopp. The Reds boss made that abundantly clear at his pre-match press conference, and his words are one of the big talking points of the Blood Red podcast, hosted by Joe Rimmer and featuring James Pearce and Paul Gorst. Is Klopp right? And even if he is, are there lessons that still could be learned from that fateful afternoon? Both questions are answered before talk turns to Chelsea's and Eden Hazard's impressive record on the red half of Merseyside. But don't worry, the mood of the podcast picks up in the second half and by the end you will have every confidence the Premier League leaders will get the job done. There's also discussion about Klopp's response to the racist abuse suffered by Mohamed Salah, and just exactly how the defence and midfield will line-up against Chelsea.

*This podcast was recorded before it was announced that Liverpool great Tommy Smith had passed away, aged 74.

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