Date: Saturday 28th August, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm
Liverpool lynchpin Fabinho was not involved against Burnley following the death of his father, and it remains to be seen if the Brazilian will return in time to face Chelsea, while Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is expected to come back after the birth of his child.
Kostas Tsimikas’s performances caught the eye during Andy Robertson’s absence, but the Scottish defender was fit enough to make the bench last time out and is sure to return to the first XI here.
Harvey Elliott played the full 90 minutes against Burnley but may drop out for the more experienced Thiago for a game of this magnitude, while Jota will hope to keep his place up top over Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool Premier League form: WW
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane
Chelsea’s only two concerns at the minute are COVID-positive pair Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech both fit enough for cameo roles at the Emirates.
Mateo Kovacic will likely drop out for the fit-again Kante this week, but that may be the only change that the Blues make following their dominant performance against Arsenal.
While James has returned at right-back, Ben Chilwell remains on the bench as Marcos Alonso – who at one point did not appear to have a future at the club – aims to continue his solid start to the campaign.
Chelsea Premier League form: WW
Chelsea form (all competitions): WWW
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku
Prediction: Liverpool 1-2 ChelseaWe are social! follow us on: