CHE vs LIV Dream11 | Dream11 Grand League Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
MATCH Info: UEFA Super Cup 2019 When:August 15, 2019, 12:30 AM Where: Vodafone Arena
CHE vs LIV Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Jurgen Klopp was quite coy about the chances of his team against Chelsea when probed by a reporter during the pre-match press conference, who happened to label the Reds as pre-favourite as well.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager instead presented his own perception of the match – a one-off game, an opponent seemingly hurt and looking for an identity under their new manager, and a team who didn’t make the best of the start to the new season, so looking for the best response by winning a trophy.
While he was fearful as well that his team may very well end up as a one-tournament wonder. Having already lost the Community Shield, and the uncanny nature of this one-off game, and not to mention, the immovable like a rock in Manchester City, who may even surpass their points tally of last season, Klopp’s fears were no cunning reply. It could very well end this way.
But a win against Chelsea will quell all those fears and could help infuse a winning mentality amongst Liverpool’s current crop of players.
While Chelsea are looking to kick-start things under their new manager and legend Frank Lampard.
CHE vs LIV Dream11 Team News:
World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante may have come in the 2nd half against Manchester United, the reports indicate that the former Leicester City star is far from his 100% match fitness and may only start from the bench.
Chelsea’s new No-10 Willian is also struggling to regain his full match fitness, having lost the majority of the pre-season due to his involvement in the Copa America.
While Antonio Rudiger may be nearing a return to full training, this game may have come too soon for home at this stage.
Moreover, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both remain on the sidelines due to long-term injury problems.
Once again, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are expected to partner in the heart of the defence, with captain Cezar Azpilicueta on the right side of the defence.
Marcos Alonso will hope to start the game, having missed out on Chelsea’s opening day in the Premier League 2019 season.
Kante’s fitness issues mean Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho could once again start in the midfield.
Christian Pulisic made some terrific runs after coming off the bench at Old Trafford. If the young American starts the match, either Ross Barkley or Mason Mount may have to make way for the former Borussia Dortmund star.
Olivier Giroud was Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in the Europa League last season and we expect him to start here ahead of Tobby Abraham.
Naby Keita left the pitch during Liverpool’s warm-up game at Vodafone Arena. The 23-year-old is a huge doubt for the clash.
First-choice goalkeeper Alisson will miss up to six weeks of action due to a calf injury he suffered in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Norwich City. The Brazilian joins Nathaniel Clyne on the sideline.
Centre-back Dejan Lovren hasn’t travelled with the squad as he has been suffering from an illness.
We expect Joel Matip to come into the playing 11 to partner Virgil Van Dijk at the back.
Sadio Mane’s involvement in the African Cup of Nations means he was the last player to report at Melwood. Klopp may not risk with his fitness from the off and we could see Mane coming off the bench for the 2nd consecutive game.
James Milner has recovered from an illness and will be pushing for a start.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains on the bench in the last game and could be named amongst the starters here.
With Alisson out, Adrian will start in goal for Liverpool.
CHE vs LIV Dream11 Grand League Picks for Captains & Vice-Captains:
Mohamed Salah: Who else but the Egyptian king Mohamed Salah. The 27-year-old is a clear fan favourite at Anfield, and his consistency and the ability to score crucial goals is the reason why he is one of the best at this moment.
Roberto Firmino: Liverpool scored four times against Norwich City last weekend, and despite Roberto Firmino not on the scoresheet, he was clearly the best player on the pitch. He even got a 9.5 rating from the pundits, for his overall play.
Divock Origi: Talk about taking full advantage of the limited opportunities, Divock Origi has gone from on the verge of leaving the club to one of the most crucial players for Jurgen Klopp at this moment.
Olivier Giroud: Didier Deschamps has mentioned the umpteenth time that Giroud is his number-1 striker. And that’s some assurances from the world cup winning manager for a player who has failed to nail down a regular place in starting 11 at the club level.
But he knows how to score goals, and Liverpool’s defensive problems of late, means, the former Arsenal star will be a threat.
Pedro: Has won every trophy in his career, and will be as hungry to win another when he started as a young winger at Barcelona.
CHE vs LIV Dream11 Grand League Teams:
Kepa looks a better option than Adrian: It’s not fair to compare two players playing at the very highest level, but Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga is definitely a level above than Liverpool’s current number-1 Adrian. That’s an advantage for the Blues and picking Chelsea’s guard in your Dream11 team could be a difference here.
Liverpool are clear favourites here, but we don’t expect either team to keep a clean sheet here. That’s why a 4-4-2, 3-5-2 and 4-5-1 combination looks good, with neither team to have 7 players.
But in the grand, if you are playing with more than one team, a 7-4 Liverpool combination looks a good option as well.
In terms of selection from the midfield, we suggest avoiding picking Jorginho. Against a team with a good press, the Italian sometimes fail to affect the game.