11′ OVER! Werner controls a ball over the top from Chilwell perfectly on the edge of the box. He takes a touch to get half a yard on Fabinho, but he drills his effort on the half-volley just over the bar.
10′ Jones tries to float a ball over the top for Mane to chase, but it zips off the surface and into the hands of Mendy.
9′ Mane almost draws a foul from Christensen in the box, but the Dane just does not make enough contact to send the Senegalese to the deck. Mane tries to keep the ball alive in the right inside channel, but he’s forced backwards.
7′ WIDE! Robertson collects in an advanced position and offloads to Salah in space on the edge of the box. The forward returns the ball to the Scot to line up a strike on his left foot, but he pulls his effort wide of the right post.
6′ Mendy has to race off his line to clear a clipped ball over the top from Alexander-Arnold away from Salah.
4′ There’s not a lot of space out there for the two teams. Both sides are being closed down in possession quickly across the pitch.
2′ James tries to release Werner down the right flank, but the German is flagged offside as he sends a low cross into the box.
1′ We’re underway at Anfield.
Chelsea have lost their last two away league games against Liverpool, last losing more consecutively at Anfield between September 1992 and October 1997 (6).
Chelsea have made three changes to their side from their goalless draw against Manchester United. James slots into the side at wing-back in place of Hudson-Odoi. Jorginho starts in the midfield ahead of Kovacic. Werner gets the nod to start in the final third as Giroud drops to the bench.
Liverpool welcome back Alisson between the posts after he missed the win over Sheffield United after the death of his father. Adrian drops to the bench as a result. Fabinho also returns from injury to replace Nathaniel Phillips in the Liverpool backline.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, Kurt Zouma, Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Emerson.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: James Milner, Naby Keita, Adrian, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Ozan Kabak, Andrew Robertson; Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones; Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino.
Chelsea have been solid under Thomas Tuchel, stringing together a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions. The Blues drew 0-0 against Manchester United last time out, a result that did not help either team in their ambitions this term. Tuchel’s men begin the evening two points off the pace of the top four and need to start stringing together victories to push themselves back into position.
Liverpool halted a run of four-straight Premier League defeats last time out by beating Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane. A strike from Curtis Jones along with an own goal from Kean Bryan were enough to stop the rot for Jurgen Klopp’s men. The Merseysiders now have the chance to propel themselves back into contention for a Champions League place in a crucial showdown against the Blues.
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