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Thomas Tuchel says what all fans are thinking about Liverpool ahead of Chelsea clash

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 03/03/2021 Andrew Dowdeswell
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Thomas Tuchel has explained that Liverpool are missing their fans as lockdown restrictions on attending football matches continue ahead of the visit of Chelsea tomorrow.

Chelsea, who currently sit in fifth place one point clear of Liverpool, are yet to lose under Tuchel.

And while they have struggled to score goals, the London outfit have put themselves in a position to compete for a top-four finish in the final stages of the season.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have failed to defend their Premier League title and are now focused on securing Champions League football next season, which they can do by either finishing in the top four or winning the Champions League.

In their attempts to close the gap to West Ham and Leicester and get back into the top four, a win against Chelsea on Thursday is vital.

This is why the Reds will be hugely disappointed that their fans cannot be in attendance, something which has been highlighted by the Reds' poor recent run of form at Anfield.

As has been the case for much of the season, Anfield will be quiet once more, and it is a massive blow for a team that undoubtedly draws off the vociferous atmosphere and passion that emanates from the supporters.

And Tuchel expressed his own belief that Liverpool will be missing their fans in his pre-match press conference.

"I am pretty relaxed. I am pretty sure Liverpool miss their fans, I know from experience the impact the Anfield crowd has on their team," he said when asked about Liverpool's form as reported by football.london.

"Yes, they have dropped points, many times not deserved and they have had some unlucky results. They are one of the best teams in Europe but we are confident we can go there and do what we have to do to win."

Tuchel also expressed his excitement to be a part of a match at Anfield.

"These are the fixtures, going to Anfield as regular games," he said when asked if these are the types of games that you live for as a Premier League manager.

"This is what you dream of as a player like me not at the highest level, normally you watch these games on TV. Now I am part of it, I am very grateful for it and it makes me feel alive."

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