Liverpool v Chelsea: English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 04-03-2021 8:56 am (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Thursday 4th March,2021
Time: 9:15 pm
Stadium  Anfield
Referee  Craig Pawson (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:

Liverpool
Liverpool's lengthy injury list throughout the season has been well publicised, but Klopp could be handed a triple boost ahead of this match.

Alisson Becker sat out against Sheffield United on compassionate grounds following the tragic death of his father in a swimming accident in Brazil last week, but the goalkeeper is expected to return for this match.

Alisson's compatriot Fabinho is also in line to return, although Klopp must make a decision whether to use him in midfield or in defence, where Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak have formed the Reds' 18th different centre-back partnership of the season over the last game-and-a-half.

Kabak in particular looked shaky against Everton and Sheffield United, and Klopp could therefore lean towards Phillips keeping his place alongside Fabinho at the heart of the defence.

The other potential returnee is Diogo Jota, who missed the Sheffield United game through illness but has now recovered from the knee injury which has kept him out since December.

The Portuguese attacker is unlikely to start even if he has overcome his illness, but he could be used off the bench to give one of the front three a much-needed rest.

Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Caoimhin Kelleher all remain sidelined for the hosts.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool Premier League form: WLLLLW
Liverpool form (all competitions): LLLWLW

Chelsea
Chelsea, by contrast, have almost a clean bill of health with Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham their only fitness concerns.

Hudson-Odoi was taken off at half time against Manchester United and was spotted with an ice pack on his knee, but Tuchel has eased concerns over his fitness and he should be available for this match.

Silva is now back in training but Thursday's match could come too soon for him to start, while Abraham has also emerged as a doubt due to an ankle problem and will be assessed having been left out of the matchday squad entirely at the weekend.

Whether Abraham is passed fit or not, Tuchel has plenty of decisions to make in the attacking areas, with Timo Werner also only featuring off the bench and Kai Havertz left as an unused sub against Man United.

Olivier Giroud, who has scored seven Premier League goals against Liverpool including four at Anfield, will be hopeful of keeping his place up front, but he is one of many players whose position looks uncertain with such depth available to Tuchel.

Reece James, Christian Pulisic, Werner, Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma, Havertz and Jorginho were all on the bench against Manchester United at the weekend and will hope to benefit from any rotation to keep the squad fresh.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Giroud, Werner
Chelsea Premier League form: WWWWDD
Chelsea form (all competitions): WWWDWD

Head To Head
Liverpool have dominated this fixture in recent years, winning five of the last six meetings across all competitions and each of the last four in the Premier League.

Another victory on Thursday would see the Reds become only the second team to win five Premier League games in a row against Chelsea, while they have only lost one of the last 12 top-flight editions of this fixture.

The corresponding fixture last season was a 5-3 thriller which ended with Liverpool finally getting their hands on the Premier League trophy, while the reverse fixture in September saw Sadio Mane score a brace as Liverpool eased to a 2-0 win.

Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea


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