The two surprise clashers of this Premier League season go head-to-head at Anfield this afternoon, both in need of a win. Today’s hosts are in real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification this time after consecutive defeats to Brentford and Brighton have left them challenging for an unprecedented quadruple last year as their erratic form continued.
Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace has lifted the mood at Stamford Bridge but the Blues still sit below Jurgen Klopp’s side on goal difference. They could debut for new £88.5million signing Mykhailo Mudrik, although Nonny Maduke, who joined from PSV Eindhoven on Friday, is not expected to feature.
Liverpool have had a good record against Chelsea recently, losing just two of their last 15 Premier League fixtures, although Graham Potter will be buoyed by the Reds’ lack of clean sheets in their last eight league games. Follow the game LIVE below with our dedicated match blog, including expert insight and analysis from Nizar Kinsella at Anfield.
Three changes for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp made three changes from the win over Wolves in the FA Cup.
Alisson, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah are back in the lineup, as 18-year-old Stefan Bajetic retains his place in midfield. James Milner is at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold resting on the bench.
Darwin Nunez is fit enough to make the bench after missing the last two matches.
Mudrik is on the bench.
Alexander-Arnold is on the bench.
Looks like Mudrik is on the bench.
Klopp is 1000-up!
Jurgen Klopp will play his 1,000th match as manager today.
The 55-year-old started at Mainz, where he first took charge on February 28, 2001, before moving to Borussia Dortmund, where he broke Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga struggles with back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
He won every major club honor at Liverpool, including a sixth Champions League and first Premier League title in 30 years, while taking the Reds to two other Champions League finals and two second-place league finishes, with a record 97 appearances. Number.
His Liverpool team have twice been trailed by one point by Manchester City in 2019 and 2022, but he holds the record for winning more competitive games against Pep Guardiola (11) than any other coach.
Klopp has an overall winning percentage of 53.9 per cent throughout his career, with his Liverpool record at 60.7 per cent.
Liverpool are hard to gauge at the moment, while Chelsea’s options have been completely depleted by injury.
With neither at full strength, a draw seems a likely outcome.
liverpool team news
Jurgen Klopp made changes for the win over Wolves and is expected to bring back some of his big-name players.
Alisson should start in goal, while Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Fabinho line the way back.
Nevertheless, the Liverpool boss has spoken of wanting his team to fight, so perhaps this prompts some surprising calls.
where to watch
TV ChannelThe game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate starting at 11.30am.
live stream: The BT Sport app will provide live stream service on mobile devices, laptops, game consoles and tablets.
Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.
We have Nizar Kinsella at Anfield ahead of the 12:30 pm kick-off.
It should be an intriguing struggle, stay with us.