Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool could be a measure of their current aspirations.
The Blues travel to Anfield on Saturday evening having enjoyed a perfect start to the 2021/22 Premier League season having batted aside both Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their opening two matches.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have also started extremely well with victories against Norwich City and Burnley – and both teams have an identical record, with the same amount of points, goals scored and conceded.
The previous results leave the sides occupying second and third spot respectively in the Premier League, with some pundits tipping the duo for potential title tilts.
However, Neville believes that the weekend’s meeting on Merseyside is going to give a far more accurate representation of both Chelsea and Liverpool’s current placings in the Premier League.
Talking on the Gary Neville Podcast, he said: “This Chelsea team going there [Anfield], that’s a real test for both teams. Are Liverpool back? Van Dijk vs Lukaku.
“So it’s a game that tells us a lot more about both of these two clubs. Chelsea have given us a good inkling of where they are about [vs Arsenal] but it’s an Arsenal team that are way below where they would be even this season with the players they’ve got missing.
“It will be ferocious at Anfield. We will see a real measure of both sides and where they’re at.
“Liverpool have had a good start to the season, obviously it was important to get van Dijk back, critical to them but also important for them to get two good wins under their belt against Norwich and Burnley, teams that you would ordinarily expect them to get six points from.
“It’s early but I think there are these points early in the season that are good markers over where a team is going to be and what they’re about and where they’re at and I think Saturday will tell us some of that.”