Predicted Liverpool Lineup vs Chelsea
Jurgen Klopp finally got his first win as Liverpool coach against Bournemouth in their capital one cup match this week. Now he will be looking to take the momentum forward and win more games. This Saturday Liverpool and Klopp will be facing a huge test when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are struggling at the moment and Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure. Reports say that Mourinho could get sacked if Chelsea lose against Liverpool. Liverpool should take advantage of Chelsea’s poor form.
Here we take a look at Liverpool’s possible line-up against Chelsea.
Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet
Adam Bogdan put up a solid performance against Bournemouth during their cup match, but he won’t be replacing Mignolet anytime soon. The Belgian is expected to continue in goal unless any injury happens to him. Mignolet’s performances this season have been convincing, so he can be trusted in the goal for Liverpool.
Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno
Nathaniel Clyne has played every minute in Liverpool’s all matches after the international break, but he is likely to continue in the right back position due to the lack of options there. Connor Randall is the only right back option Liverpool have at the moment, but Liverpool won’t play him in their match versus Chelsea. Matin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho will continue as Liverpool’s centre backs against Chelsea. Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren are their other CB options. Toure got injured in Liverpool’s match versus Bournemouth and is expected to be out for at least one month while Lovren put up a good and solid performance against Bournemouth, but Klopp will still opt for Sakho and Skrtel at the back. Moreno was rested in their cup match and will definitely start against Chelsea if he does not get injured.
Midfielders: Emre Can, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana
Klopp’s toughest decision will be to select two players from the trio of Can, Milner and Lucas. Can has been confident and solid after Klopp’s arrival. Milner’s performances are questionable, but considering the fact that he is Liverpool’s captain at the moment and his experience could prove vital against Chelsea, Klopp’s can’t simply bench him. Lucas’ performances also have been good and his passing and attacking have improved lately. It’s a tough question, but we go with Emre Can and James Milner. We may see Lucas coming on in the second half if Liverpool manage to get a one goal lead. Lallana along with the Brazilian Duo (Coutinho and Firmino) will be Liverpool’s attacking midfielders for their match versus Chelsea and a lot can be expected from the three of them. It is the first time that three of them is going to start together.
Striker: Christian Benteke
Benteke could not feature for Liverpool against Bournemouth due to a knee injury, but Klopp’s said after the match that Benteke will be probably available against Chelsea. He also confirmed that Daniel Sturridge won’t feature against Chelsea and he also said that Sturridge will return to training within eight days. Divock Original is Liverpool’s other striker option, but he played full 90 minutes against Bournemouth and may only feature for a few minutes on Saturday. Impressive Danny Ings is out due to his ligament injury.