Having picked up just a couple of points from the 3 league games this month, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have fallen down the points table, and are currently in the 4th place, 10 points off Chelsea at the top of the table. They are all but out of the title race but have a great chance to jump back into it this week when they face table-toppers Chelsea in a crunch game at Anfield. Antonio Conte’s side are fresh from a victory over Burnley and will know that his team will have to be at their best to take anything from this trip to Anfield. Klopp is expected to go for the kill with his strongest side and here is the predicted lineup he might field for this game:
The manager revealed that the squad has no new injuries to worry about ahead of this game. Winger Sadio Mane is back in Liverpool and will be on the bench for this game but full-back Nathaniel Clyne is not back to full fitness and is expected to miss this game. Midfielder Adam Lallana missed the previous game through a small injury but is back in action this week.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
The Belgian shot-stopper has been superb this season in front of goal for his side and will hope to put in a strong performance on the night against Chelsea.
Trent Alexander Arnold:
The English youngster has done a decent job in the absence of Clyne and is expected to deputize on the wing even for this game.
The backbone of the Liverpool defense, Matip, has been missed dearly in recent games and will hope to have an impact on this tie.
The former Southampton man was decent in the absence of Matip earlier in the month and will hope to put in a strong performance against the Blues.
Though not effective in the last few games, Milner, is the first choice left-back for Liverpool and is expected to start this game against Chelsea.
The skipper of the side will have to control the midfield and keep the pressure on Chelsea if they are to take anything from this game.
The German midfielder has not been at his best this season but Klopp will hope that he can have a good game against Chelsea this week.
The Dutch midfielder is fast growing into an important part of the squad at the club and he is one of the first names on the team sheets for Liverpool in crunch games.
The English midfielder was named player of the year for the national side for 2016 and he will hope to put in a performance to justify that title.
Came close to bailing Liverpool out in the previous round but will hope to have a better impact on this game against Chelsea.
The danger man for Chelsea on the night, Coutinho, is not yet back to his best but should be kept quite if Chelsea are to take anything from this game.