Liverpool face an in-form Chelsea in a season-defining premier League match at Anfield, in Liverpool, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Liverpool and Chelsea
Kick Off: Sunday 14 April
Match Timing: 09:00 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Anfield (54,074)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
Five years ago, Liverpool fans were almost ready to erupt into the party mode. They were thrashing teams after teams at Anfield and looked set to end their long wait for the Premier League trophy.
The only hurdle was Jose Mourinho, Anfield’s old nemesis, and his Chelsea team.
The story of that match is a part of Premer League folklore now. Of all people in the Liverpool squad, it was Steven Gerrard who made a fatal mistake and saw the big opportunity to win the league slipped by.
It’s almost five years now but a Liverpool-Chelsea match has become synonymous with that Gerrard’s slip. It’s a pity for a player of that caliber who deserved to win at least one Premier League medal.
Gerrard may not be there but Liverpool have one more opportunity to end the long league drought. As things stand, the Reds are top of the table, two points above Manchester City who have a game-in-hand.
That said, by the time this match kicks off, Liverpool may find themselves under more pressure to win this game. Pep Guardiola’s team will be in action against Crystal Palace before the game at Anfield, so could move to the top of the table.
While Chelsea may not be chasing the league glory this season, they still have a lot to play for. The Blues are looking to finish in the top-4, and secure a place in the Champions League for the next season.
The Blues could cause another upset for they are in a very good form heading into this match. Eden Hazard continues to show why he is one of the best players ever to grace Premier League, and he is confident of Chelsea’s chances at Anfield.
‘We don’t care about who can win the title, we’ll go there and try to win the game,’ Hazard told the BBC.
‘They are a fantastic team to watch, their manager is great. ‘They have some of the best players in the world. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone.’
Recent form (Last six matches)
Liverpool – W W W W W
Chelsea – W L W W W W
CHE vs LIV Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Liverpool vs Chelsea Team News:
Injured – There are no fresh injury concerns for Liverpool ahead of this match. Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is training with the first team these days but is still a few weeks away from getting involved for the first team action.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Liverpool will be welcoming back Andrew Robertson from a suspension and he will be starting on the left-back.
Dejan Lovren replaced Joel Matip at the back to partner alongside Van Dijk in the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp may stick with the duo for this match. Joe Gomez was on the bench against Porto, making his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury in December. But he is not expected to start here.
The biggest change could be seen in the midfield where Jurgen Klopp is blessed with a plethora of options. Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, and Fabinho all are performing well of late, and Klopp may stick with the trio here, which means Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Adam Lallana could be named on the bench.
Key Players – Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah
Injured – As for Chelsea, no fresh injury concerns.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Emerson Palmieri is carrying a knock and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Note: Maurizio Sarri has a full squad available for selection. The likes of Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain will be coming into the starting 11.
Key Players – Eden Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Jorginho
CHE vs LIV Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Liverpool– Alisson (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Chelsea– Kepa (GK), Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard
CHE vs LIV Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Liverpool are favorites to win the group as well as the match.
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