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Liverpool v Chelsea: Predicted XI

Liverpool face Chelsea at Anfield and most of Jurgen Klopp's men will be fit a ready to go. So who does Klopp choose?

Jurgen Klopp's mean face Thomas Tuchel's Champions League winning Chelsea side today.

Liverpool had a torrid time with injuries last season but in today's game, Klopp has pretty much every player, apart from James Milner, to choose from.

So a group of our writers have given their opinion on who Jurgen Klopp should pick.

Virgil van Dijk

Jared Masinton

Alisson; 

Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold; 

Thiago, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson; 

Sadio Mané, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah


Despite stellar performances against Norwich and Burnley, Kostas Tsimikas will likely be dropped as Andy Robertson returns from ankle ligament damage. Klopp will count on his familiar, veteran-four at the back to handle Romelu Lukaku and co.

In midfield, Fabinho should return to the starting 11 after missing the Burnley match entirely due to the unexpected death of his father. Captain Jordan Henderson will surely get the nod. 

Jordan Henderson Anfield

Expect Thiago to start over Naby Keita. The Spaniard will provide a much-needed creative spark, accompanied by his dogged work-rates, in what will be a brutal midfield battle with the likes of N’golo Kante and Jorginho. 

This will depend on Thiago’s fitness levels come Saturday, though, so there is still a good chance that Keita gets the nod ahead of him. 

Upfront, Jota’s clinical finishing will likely be favoured ahead of Firmino’s creativity and pressing, along with wingers Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.  

Naby Keita

Expect Firmino to make an appearance off the bench, unless Liverpool lead by a goal or more in the second half. If relegated to the bench, expect Naby Keita to make a substitute appearance, along with youngster Harvey Elliot. 


Neil Conner

Alisson;

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson; 

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita;

Sadio Mané, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah

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Jurgen Klopp faces a big decision at left-back ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

Andy Robertson has returned to full training and is pushing for a recall. In his absence however, Kostas Tsimikas has proved to be an able deputy.

Kostas Tsimikas

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Robertson is likely to get the nod but there is no doubt we will see the Greek left back utilised far more this season.

In midfield, Fabinho should make his first start of the season after missing the Burnley game on compassionate grounds.

The Brazilian’s return will see skipper Jordan Henderson shift to the right side of the midfield three.

Fabinho

On the left, its a choice between Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara. After two good games in the ‘Wijnaldum role’ I think Keita will continue.

Up front, Roberto Firmino is in consideration for a starting spot but whilst he has looked sharp and refreshed off the bench, I don't see him replacing the prolific Diogo Jota.


Adam Ford

Alisson;

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson

Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson; 

Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah 


I only expect one change at the back. Andy Robertson is fit and raring to go. Kostas Tsimikas put in two fantastic performances in the opening games including an assist for Diogo Jota against Burnley. 

Tsimikas will undoubtedly feature heavily this season but I still believe Robertson is one of the first names on the team sheet each week and will regain his place at the back this weekend. Chelsea will already be one of the toughest tests of the season and Liverpool will need their familiar back four.

Andy Robertson during the win at Sheffield United

I predicted Fabinho to start against Burnley before the tragic passing of his father Joao last Thursday. Fabinho has since returned to training and appears ready to play against Chelsea. This is not guaranteed as there is no telling how his mental state is but for now, I believe he will make a return at Anfield. 

I also predicted Thiago to start last weekend but he only received ten minutes towards the end of the game. I have a feeling that Jurgen Klopp was conserving his Spanish maestro so he was fully prepared for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Captain Jordan Henderson will keep his place after a strong showing against Burnley.

Diogo Jota

The above front three are undroppable at the moment. They have racked up four goals between them over the first two games, half of which came from Diogo Jota. 

Roberto Firmino could do some damage against Chelsea but Jota has done too much so far to lose his place in the team. I do expect Firmino to play a significant role in the game, possibly after the hour mark.