Liverpool will look to continue their winning ways in the Premier League when they take on reigning champions Chelsea at the Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds have won three on the trot in the league, following the 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, beating the likes of Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Southampton most recently. However, our defensive issues were laid bare once again during the Champions League clash against Sevilla in the midweek, when we side go of a three-goal lead at half-time to finish the game 3-3 and gain just one point.
Defender Joel Matip could be in line for a return to the starting line-up on Saturday, while long-term absentee Adam Lallana is close to a return but is unlikely to be used against the Blues. Reserve goalkeepers Danny Ward and Adam Bogdan are out due to injuries while Nathaniel Clyne also continues to be absent for Klopp.
Here’s how Liverpool will line-up to take on Antonio Conte’s side:
The Belgian should return to the playing XI for Sunday’s mega event, after having sat out of the Champions League encounter.
The youngster has been extremely impressive each time he has been entrusted with the responsibilities by the manager but will have a big test in the form of Eden Hazard.
Having missed out on the last two games for the Reds due to a thigh strain, defender Joel Matip should come back into the starting XI against Chelsea.
The Croatian has improved after his poor display against Tottenham and will look to keep going on the upward curve, against Chelsea.
Has had a resurrection so far, but was poor against Sevilla in the second period. Will need to step it up against the reigning champions.
The German international was benched for the midweek game against Sevilla but is likely to replace Georginio Wijnaldum in the starting line-up for the weekend.
The club captain doesn’t really offer the defensive solidity needed of someone playing in the role that he does for his team and of late, his attacking instincts too have been off the radar. Will need to bring his A game against the Blues.
The third central midfield slot in Klopp’s side should be occupied by Brazilian Philippe Coutinho. The creative hub of this Liverpool side, he will have a major role to play if we are to win.
The Premier League’s top-scorer will be keen on showing his former employers what they missed out on when they sold him a couple of years back.
The Brazilian forward will be high on confidence after having netted twice in the midweek game and will look to carry that form into the game against Chelsea.
The Senegalese attacker has netted 3 times in 7 league games this term and will be hoping to add a goal or two more against the champions.