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Back to their best
Including last season, Jurgen Klopp’s side have claimed seven consecutive league victories, keeping clean sheets in each of the last four victories.
Liverpool have attempted 46 shots this season, more than any other side after the opening two rounds of top-flight fixtures.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:53
Three in a row
Victory this evening would see Liverpool become the first club to win their opening three top-flight fixtures in four consecutive seasons.
If they keep a clean sheet the Reds could also win their first three Premier League games without conceding a single goal, a feat they also achieved in 2013-14 and 2018-19.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:49
300 up for Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta makes his 300th Premier League appearance today:
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:44
Thomas Tuchel arrives as an equal after working his way out of Jurgen Klopp’s shadow
The feedback was in the affirmative, but at the time, Arsenal and Manchester United had looked like the plausible destinations.
Tuchel assumed he’d have a break, but fresh after being sacked, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia was on the phone to him, and in a month, he was unveiled at Stamford Bridge.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:42
Team news – Changes
Jurgen Klopp makes three changes to his starting line up. Andy Robertson comes in to replace Kostas Tsimikas at left-back, Fabinho slots back into the midfield and Roberto Firmino joins Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in the forward line.
Thomas Tuchel makes just one change to the team that beat Arsenal 2-0 last weekend. Mateo Kovacic drops out and is replaced with N’Golo Kante.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:38
Team news – Liverpool vs Chelsea
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:30
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Anfield in March was their seventh Premier League away victory against Liverpool, a total bettered only by Manchester United who have 12 wins.
The Blues have scored in all but one of their last 12 league and cup games at Anfield.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:24
Liverpool vs Chelsea brings early clash of team-building ideologies and Premier League title hopes
It was that their instincts were right. “This fits.”
The sense around their Cobham training base and the game is that the Chelsea team is complete. If so, it could be the same end result as what happened with Liverpool around 2018 to 2019, but from a completely different process.
It is why a meeting between the two this early in the season may actually be timely, and perhaps prescient, rather than premature. There is more to this than a title race. It is also about how title challengers are built. The two sides represent very different routes.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:20
Early team news – Liverpool vs Chelsea
Andy Robertson has recovered from his ankle injury and could replace Kostas Tsimikas at left-back for Liverpool. Fabinho is back in training following a bereavement but James Milner remains injured.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante might start his first league game of the season after recovering from an ankle injury and Cesar Azpilicueta is set to make his 300th Premier League appearance.
Kurt Zouma will be absent while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic could miss out after returning positive coronavirus tests.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:15
Granit Xhaka epitomises Arsenal’s alarming descent into disarray
It did not require Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo. In truth, it barely even warranted the most casual flourishes of Manchester City’s quality.
That should come as no slight against their domination, but simply serve to highlight the dismal and desperate nature of Arsenal’s kamikaze flight, a squad whose only sense of purpose at present seems to be crashing and burning.
Michael Jones28 August 2021 15:07