A huge clash takes centre stage at Anfield as both Chelsea and Liverpool put their 100% records on the line
A mouth-watering clash between two heavyweights of the Premier League takes centre stage on Saturday night, as Chelsea travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the evening kick-off.
Both teams have made perfect starts to the new season and have identical records of two wins, five goals scored and none conceded from their opening two games, as they gear up for what could be a fantastic title race.
Neither side has been busy in the transfer market leading up to the game, as both Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel appear to be happy with their options. Chelsea’s summer centred around signing Romelu Lukaku, and the Belgian made the perfect start to his second stint in blue last weekend, as he bullied Arsenal all afternoon on route to a 2-0 win.
Liverpool have been linked with Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma of late, but the signing of Ibrahima Konate looks like being their only big name acquisition this summer, as Klopp looks to give the likes of Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones more opportunities in the first team.
Heading into the match, Klopp has only one definite absentee to deal with as James Milner misses out with a knock. The other injury news is all positive for the Reds, who will welcome back Andy Robertson to the squad, meaning Kostas Tsimikas, who has been impressive recently, could drop out of the starting XI. Fabinho is also set to be part of the squad after being given compassionate leave following the death of his father, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return after his girlfriend gave birth to their first child.
As for Chelsea, Christian Pulisic missed the win over Arsenal after returning a positive COVID test, so he could miss out again depending on his isolation period. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in a similar position, but expected to be available, although may miss out if a loan move to Roma is a serious possibility in the coming days, as has been rumoured.
Other than those two, the main headache for Tuchel is which attacking lineup to play, with Kai Havertz and Mason Mount getting the nod to support Lukaku up front last week, as Arsenal were swept aside.
On both meetings between the sides last season it was the away team that claimed the points, with Sadio Mane scoring twice at Stamford Bridge when Frank Lampard was in charge, and Mount scoring the only goal of the game at Anfield to inflict what was Liverpool’s fifth straight home defeat.
Liverpool take on Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, August 28th. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.