Diogo Jota has claimed that knowing Thomas Tuchel’s tactics could hand Liverpool the advantage in their battle with Chelsea this weekend.
The Reds travel to London in a tantalising title tussle at Stamford Bridge with both sides desperate for a win this Sunday.
After Manchester City’s 10th Premier League win in a row, there is a worry that they could run away with the title.
Chelsea have had a tough month at home, drawing three of their last five encounters 1-1 while Liverpool stumbled against Leicester in a 1-0 loss at the King Power Stadium.
It saw Jurgen Klopp’s men drop to third but they can reclaim second place with a win down south while also closing the gap between them and City to six points.
The Blues have been stricken by injury with both their flying full-backs out after Reece James tore his hamstring while Ben Chilwell is out for the season.
But Tuchel is expected to continue with his back-three system and Jota believes Liverpool can take advantage of that situation.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “The opponent, whichever system they play always influences the gaps we try to find.
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“It’s always hard when we are not sure how they’re going to play.
“Chelsea, we are not 100 per cent because we can never be that, but we know they’re going to play with three. So it’s up to us to know the spaces they leave and try to take advantage.
“It’s always hard when you’re not sure how they’re going to play, so that’s good.”
The last encounter between the two Premier League giants ended in a 1-1 draw at Anfield after the visitors were reduced to 10 men.
However, when the two met at Stamford Bridge it saw Liverpool claim all three points when Sadio Mane hit a brace.
Jota added: “We know even against 10 [men] how difficult it was for us to create chances [in the game at Anfield earlier this season].
“I think that’s their main thing, they don’t allow the opponent many chances. They have their injuries, but we have had ours as well, we have had our COVID cases as well, like theirs.
“Whoever is going to be on the pitch, 11 against 11, it will be very tough for everyone involved and a very intense game.
“It will be a proper Premier League game. We want to start the year well and the only way is to win the game at Stamford Bridge.”