Liverpool will look to keep their perfect Premier League start intact as they aim to even the score against title-rivals Chelsea today at Stamford Bridge.
This is the second time Jurgen Klopp’s side will face the Blues in a week, having just lost to Maurizio Sarri’s side on Wednesday evening.
Klopp played a weakened team at Stamford Bridge and the second string looked fairly comfortable for large periods of the game.
However, after Eden Hazard was introduced, the game turned in Chelsea’s favour as the Belgian’s wondergoal ended the Red’s unbeaten season.
Despite the result, Klopp’s side have had a successful start, winning their first seven games in all competitions – including six in the League.
Chelsea have also won all but one game heading into the match after a goalless draw last weekend against West Ham.
Liverpool will fight to keep perfect League start
A victory for the Reds will see them take a five-point advantage over Chelsea, while defeat will see the London side move a point ahead. Even at this early stage in the season, the game could end up being decisive in May.
For the Reds, the big talking point is the fitness of Virgil Van Dijk, who didn’t train on Thursday and was left out of Wednesday’s squad with a rib injury.
The Dutchman’s level of involvement will be a game-time decision although the Mirror’s Dave Maddock said van Dijk would feature in the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum are available after returning to training.
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Chelsea are also without a number of players – Antonio Rudiger, Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all face late fitness tests while defender Andreas Christensen should return to the side.
The London-based side will be confident coming off the victory earlier in the week but will be aware that Liverpool will field a much stronger defensive side.
The Merseyside club used their entire second-string back-five in the Carabao Cup tie and their difference in quality was obvious.
If the Reds can win on Saturday they will equal the Premier League record for consecutive victories to start the season – set by Chelsea back in 2005-06.
However, recent form isn’t on Klopp’s side, as the Reds have only won once in their last eight away games at the top six. But Klopp has a good record at Stamford Bridge since taking over at Anfield having won two of his three games in South West London.
Although both sides had much-changed line-ups on Wednesday night, the Reds were the more dangerous team, and with some more clinical finishing, the game would have been easily won. If they create as many chances on Saturday, the Reds will leave with all three points.