Chelsea lock horns with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, as both sides aim to build on opening day victories
Chelsea will be looking to register their second Premier League victory of the season when they lock horns with reigning Premier League champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, kick-off 4:30pm.
Chelsea made the ideal start to the 2020/21 campaign last Monday evening as they defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 at the AMEX Stadium, with goals from Jorginho, a thunderbolt from Reece James and Kurt Zouma sealing an opening day win for Frank Lampard’s troops.
Though the Blues made a winning start to the campaign, they did have to work hard for the victory, with Graham Potter’s Seagulls putting up a strong fight during the second half.
Nevertheless, it was not enough to stop the Blues, who had new signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner on show, from getting the job done.
But having seen off Brighton, Lampard’s side now face a very stern test against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this afternoon, with the Reds also hoping to build on an opening day victory of their own.
Liverpool began their defence of their first Premier League title with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leeds United at Anfield, with former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah notching a hat-trick.
With that in mind, Chelsea know that they will be in for a stern test this afternoon, with Klopp’s side having done the double over the Blues last season.
But as Lampard, who welcomes midfielder Mateo Kovacic back into the frame, looks to earn his first league triumph over Klopp, the he will once again be without a raft of names through injury. New recruits Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech are still recovering from their respective inquiry troubles whilst Christian Pulisic has returned to training after a hamstring problem. However, the showdown with Liverpool will come too soon for the USA international.
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Elsewhere, Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva will have to wait to make his debut for the club, with Lampard admitting in his pre-match press conference that the clash against Liverpool would come “too soon” for the former Paris Saint-Germain ace. Billy Gilmour remains a long-term absentee.
Aside from those troubles, Lampard has a fairly healthy looking squad to choose from and could make changes at the back, with the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta pushing for starts after being left on the bench against Brighton.
Full Chelsea squad available to play Liverpool:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga & Willy Caballero
Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Juan Castillo, Marcos Alonso & Emerson Palmieri
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount & Kai Havertz
Forwards: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud & Timo Werner