Sunday, July 3

Liverpool predicted lineup vs Chelsea – Premier League

Liverpool start to 2022 with a trip to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday – but they have to do it without a Covid-positive Jurgen Klopp on the bench.

Following a sequence of eight consecutive victories, the Reds haven’t won a match inside 90 minutes in any of their past three outings.

Liverpool’s midweek defeat to Leicester was not only the club’s second loss this season, but also ended a run of scoring in 36 consecutive matches across all competitions.

Here’s the XI that could bring a return to winning ways.

Can Virgil van Dijk pocket Romelu Lukaku again?Can Virgil van Dijk pocket Romelu Lukaku again?

Can Virgil van Dijk pocket Romelu Lukaku again? / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Alisson (GK) – The former Roma custodian shipped three goals on his first visit to Stamford Bridge with the Italian club back in the 2017/18 Champions League campaign, the same season he was knocked out of the competition’s semi-finals by his current employers.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Chelsea are the only side to have conceded more than one goal scored by Alexander-Arnold.

Joel Matip (CB) – The injury struggles that have dogged much of Matip’s career – but appear to have mercifully subsided for the current campaign – ensured that the former Cameroon international has avoided defeat in all six of his Premier League meetings with Chelsea.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) – Liverpool’s talismanic centre back limited a goalless Romelu Lukaku to the fewest touches of any Chelsea player that played the full 90 minutes in the reverse fixture last August.

Kostas Tsimikas (LB) – The self-appointed ‘Greek Scouser’ has offered remarkably little drop off to Andy Robertson’s undoubted quality in the role of understudy this season.

Jordan Henderson (CM) – No team has ever defeated a side including Liverpool‘s captain as often as Chelsea (11).

Fabinho (CM) – One positive to have emerged from Liverpool’s defeat against Leicester was Fabinho’s avoidance of a fifth yellow card that would have ruled him out of Sunday’s crunch game.

Naby Keita (CM) – The Guinea international hasn’t started a Premier League defeat since playing the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s 1-0 loss at home to Fulham in March.

Sadio Mane & Mohamed Salah will also soon be linking up with their respective national teamsSadio Mane & Mohamed Salah will also soon be linking up with their respective national teams

Sadio Mane & Mohamed Salah will also soon be linking up with their respective national teams / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Mohamed Salah (RW) – The former Chelsea player (for just ten starts) has faced the Blues more often than any other opponent in his career (16 games).

Diogo Jota (ST) – With ten goals from 15 Premier League starts, the Portugal international has snuck not only into second place in the division’s scoring charts, but seemingly ahead of the fit-again Roberto Firmino in Klopp’s pecking order.

Sadio Mane (LW) – Alongside his fellow first-choice Liverpool forwards, Mane ranks among the Premier League’s top three for ‘Big Chances Missed’ (per FotMob) this season – the latest of which proved particularly costly in defeat to Leicester City.

You can read 90min’s preview of Chelsea vs Liverpool here.

You can read Chelsea’s predicted lineup here.


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