Saturday’s early kick-off pits Liverpool towards Chelsea in a heavyweight Premier League conflict at Anfield.
You’d have been exhausting pressed at first of the season to seek out anyone who would have banked on these two sides being ninth and tenth within the desk in mid-January, however that is the place they discover themselves after fairly disastrous campaigns up to now.
Consistency has eluded each groups, as Jurgen Klopp and Graham Potter battle a list of accidents within the search of success.
Here’s 90min’s preview of the sport.
Liverpool vs Chelsea H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Current Form (Last Five Premier League Games)
Liverpool workforce information
Liverpool rung the adjustments for his or her FA Cup replay at Wolves however ought to have the ability to restore the likes of Mohamed Salah, Alisson and Andy Robertson to their beginning lineup.
Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez might be a part of Salah in an thrilling Liverpool entrance three, however there’s nonetheless no Virgil van Dijk within the centre of defence.
Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Arthur are all injured.
Liverpool predicted beginning lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo
Listen now to Son of Chelsea, a part of the 90min podcast community, as Daniel Childs reacts to Chelsea’s potential clear-out of undesirable gamers, a brand new contract for Levi Colwill, extra data on Mykhailo Mudryk’s switch and midfield January plans.
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Chelsea workforce information
Chelsea are more likely to embrace new €100m signing Mykhailo Mudryk of their matchday squad, however the Ukrainian could also be on the bench as he will get on top of things along with his new teammates.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell are again in coaching, though the sport at Anfield will doubtless come too quickly for them. But Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Wesley Fofana, Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante, Armando Broja and Denis Zakaria positively stay sidelined.
Kai Havertz additionally missed coaching on Wednesday however might nonetheless function, whereas Joao Felix is suspended after his debut pink card.
Chelsea predicted beginning lineup: (4-3-3): Kepa; Chalobah, Badiashile, Silva, Hall; Kovacic, Jorginho, Gallagher; Ziyech, Havertz, Mount
Liverpool’s minor Premier League resurgence has come to a shuddering halt of their final two outings, with the defeat at Brighton of specific concern.
The Seagulls ran out 3-0 winners on the Amex Stadium and have been worthy victors towards a really disjointed Reds. Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that adjustments are coming in the summertime, which he maybe hopes will encourage his gamers to recapture their finest type within the current.
Chelsea have been victorious towards Crystal Palace final Sunday to elevate a few of the strain on Graham Potter, however he is nonetheless beneath the cosh as he appears to stamp his authority at Stamford Bridge.
Games between these two sides have been tight of late, and also you’d anticipate this sport to be no totally different.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea