Chelsea and Liverpool faced off on Wednesday night in what was Jurgen Klopp’s 50th match in charge of the Reds, and it was a cracker of an encounter. Save for pride and bragging rights, both sides had little to fight for, as a loss or win would have seen Chelsea remain on 9th while Liverpool moved to 7th with a point above Southampton with the win. After a poor season that has seen both heavy weights fail to contest for the title, Chelsea’s caretaker coach, Guus Hiddink believes the 2 teams will be back next season on top as the title will be keenly contested, as per The Daily Star.
The Blues poor season has seen them become the defending champions with the worst record of defending the title, as they are bound to end up in 9th position. Hiddink took over after Mourinho left under mutual agreement following a run of woeful results. They also got eliminated in the Champions League and F.A Cup, and won’t be appearing the Europe next season, a development the Russian veteran tagged a “football disaster”.
Liverpool on the other hand have gotten better under Klopp, making 2 finals and on course to finish in top-6 despite a shaky start. A win over Sevilla in the Europa finals will see them automatically qualify for the Champions League next season, and it is believed the side will get better next term given the big change they have undergone under a short period of time.