The two powerhouse clubs have each won all five of their premier league matches and will meet each other next week in a mouth-watering clash.

By Daniel Herborn

Posted on September 21, 2018

This week sees Liverpool host Southampton while Chelsea are at home to the struggling West Ham. If both sides win again, as expected, it will set up a feverishly anticipated clash for the top spot at Stamford Bridge on 30 September.

The two sides are slightly in front of defending champions and pre-season favourites Manchester City, who have four wins and a draw so far.

Liverpool and Chelsea considered the main threats to Manchester City

Data journalism site FiveThirtyEight still has both sides behind Manchester City as Premier League Favourites. Its algorithm rates City a 40% chance of being league winners, ahead of Liverpool (38%) and Chelsea (13%).

Both teams also rate highly in The Ringer’s watchability rankings which gives each European team an objective rating based on its attempted dribbles, deep completions, passes allowed per defensive action and expected goals. Liverpool are fifth in these rankings with Chelsea just two places behind.

Chelsea have adapted quickly to new manager Maurizio Sarri’s high-speed style and 4-3-3 formation and their progress is ahead of schedule, as they were generally been seen as a tier below heavyweights Totenham Hotspur and the now floundering Manchester United before the season started.

They have benefitted from the immaculate form of Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard, whose acceleration, work rate and goal-scoring nous have led some observers, including Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, to name him as the best player in the league.

Chelsea’s Italian midfielder Jorginho has also been an inspired addition; he is both productive and highly creative and rates as the competition’s leading passer.

After a summer spending spree, Liverpool have enviable depth and have looked fluent in attack while also conceding just two goals in the EPL, one of which was a goalkeeping blunder by new signing Allison.

They are executing manager Jurgen Klopp’s high-pressing style well but still appear to have plenty of scope for improvement, not least from quicksilver Mohammad Salah who is yet to quite recapture the magical form of the 2017/18 season, where he scored 32 goals, the second-highest tally in premier league history.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, a fan favourite

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante recently made headlines after he joined a football fan for curry and a cup of tea. Kante, a World Cup winner with France in the off-season, met Badlur Rahman Jalil, a 31-year-old Arsenal fan, in a mosque after Chelsea’s match against Cardiff.

Premier League players are often criticised for living in a bubble and being detached from their fans, but Jalil was happy Kante took up his invitation. “He beat us all at Fifa and then we watched Match of the Day. It was a really nice evening,” he said.

Kante is an introverted character but is sometimes known as the “nicest man in football” and Chelsea officials were not surprised to hear he had made time for a fan.