Liverpool vs Chelsea: pre-match analysis, injury news and available squad
It is another week in the 2021 Premier League season, with Liverpool hosting the European Champions Chelsea at Anfield by 5:30 pm. The clash against Chelsea in the match week 3 is one of the biggest matches of the week.
Liverpool's team are going into the clash against Chelsea with a full spirit, having won their two opening matches in the 2021 Premier League against Norwich City (3-0) and Burnley (2-0).
Jurgen Klopp's team is now regaining their form after welcoming back their prolific defender Virgil Van Dijk who was out for many months due to knee injury.
Chelsea's manager Thomas Tuchel has seen his team progressed recently and has been named one of the best teams, if not the best team in the Premier League so far.
In the midweek, some of his players were handed some UEFA awards, which will keep his team motivated ahead of the trip to Anfield. N'Golo Kanté was handed the best midfielder of the 2020 Champions League, Edouard Mendy the best goalkeeper and Jorginho, the best men's player of the year.
Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku has already started his second debut in a flying colour and will be the one to watch as he faces one of the greatest defenders in the world in Van Dijk.
Van Dijk guiding his teammate in their win against Burnley last weekend
Liverpool's injury news against Chelsea
Jurgen Klopp has welcomed the club's left-back Andy Robertson after he was out of their last two matches due to an ankle twist he sustained in a preseason friendly match against Spanish club Athletic Bilbao.
Robertson was an unused substitute in last weekend game against Burnley and will be facing a challenge in his position after a good performance by Kostas Tsimikas with a man of the match award last week.
The only player out of the match is James Milner due to a knock he picked in Liverpool's first match against Norwich City.
Liverpool's available squad against Chelsea
These are Liverpool's available squad ahead of the match against Chelsea:
Alisson Becker, Adrián, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Joel Matip, Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams.
Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Diogo Jota, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Curtis Jones, Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mané and Divock Origi.
Lukaku celebrates his first Chelsea goal against Arsenal in just 15 minutes of the game
Chelsea's injury news ahead of the trip to Anfield
Thomas Tuchel's team will be travelling to Anfield with a full squad after welcoming N'Golo Kanté and Hakim Ziyech against Arsenal last week. The only doubtful players ahead of the Anfield clash are Ruben Loftus Check and Christian Pulisic, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Loftus Check and Pulisic have returned to training but might be handed a rest in the game against Liverpool.
Kurt Zuma will be unavailable in Chelsea's team, with Tuchel revealing ongoing talks regarding a transfer to West Ham United.
Chelsea's available squad against Liverpool
Below are Chelsea's available squad against Liverpool:
Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rüdiger, Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso, Reece James and César Azpilicueta
N'Golo Kanté, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukak and Timo Werner.