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Liverpool vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more today

Follow all the action as the title contenders meet at Anfield after both starting with back-to-back wins

Chelsea players look on during a pitch inspection prior to kick-off

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<p>Follow all the action as Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield in the Premier League this afternoon. </p>
<p>Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed a fine start, with comfortable victories against Norwich and Burnley, and look far more like the title-winning side of old after last season’s off-colour campaign. Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah have been clinical up front while Virgil van Dijk has returned to the heart of the Reds’ defence. He will be firmly tested in a much-anticipated tussle with Romelu Lukaku after the £97.5m striker marked his return to Chelsea with a goal against Arsenal last weekend. </p>
<p>Thomas Tuchel’s side have maintained the fantastic wave of momentum of their Champions League glory, with victory in the Super Cup followed by wins against Crystal Palace and Arsenal to start the new campaign in style. Considered the greatest threat to Manchester City’s Premier League crown, the Blues may still yet further reinforce their squad, with Jules Koundé expected to arrive before next week’s transfer deadline. Jorginho was named Uefa’s player of the year on Thursday and starts at the base of midfield in what will amount to the first big test of both team’s title credentials. <em>Follow all the action live below:</em></p>
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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.

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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

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300 up for Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta makes his 300th Premier League appearance today:

Michael Jones28 August 2021 16:44

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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