Liverpool given chance to bounce back after Napoli set-back

Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. They will attempt to bounce back from their Champions League defeat to Napoli against Chelsea.

The Blues also lost in midweek at home to Valencia. Both teams will be looking for a response to negative results.

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The game kicks off at 16:30 as a part of Super Sunday on Sky Sports. Whoever plans kick-off times and dates has had an absolute shocker this weekend. Four games taking place in London within three hours of each other. 

Fans travelling to the game may find issues as transport links are sure to be overworked in and around the city. 

Team News

Jurgen Klopp will have more or less the same squad available to him that had on Tuesday against Napoli. The Reds have no new injury concerns and with Dejan Lovren nearing a return. Liverpool could have a near fully fit squad within the coming weeks. 

Naby Keita has returned to full training today but it’s unlikely that he’ll feature on Sunday, Lovren likewise.

Alisson is also nearing a return but we can’t expect to see him return between the sticks for at least another couple of weeks.

Chelsea are also in the same situation with no major injury concerns, bar one. Mason Mount was taken off 15 minutes into their game against Valencia on Tuesday after a pretty horrendous challenge from former Arsenal man, Francis Coquelin.

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Frank Lampard is optimistic that Mount’s ankle injury won’t be as bad as first feared as it certainly looked bad, but it should be enough to rule the young man out of Sunday’s clash. This is a real shame for Mount but benefits us greatly as we saw in the Super Cup how much of a danger young Mount can possess.

Predicted XI

Klopp will make one change to the side that fell late on in Napoli, that being Gini Wijnaldum. The Dutchman being put back in midfield for James Milner. The back five will stay the same as there’s no reason to change. The front 3 will remain the same, well, because they’re the front 3. 

Though Milner does bring legs to the midfield, Klopp now certainly favours Gini and has done for quite some time. (unless it’s a big game in Europe and the “Brexit midfield” is deployed and they play together.) 

What to Expect

A good game played at a high intensity.

Both teams will be looking for a response to negative results in midweek. Liverpool will be looking to get three points at a ground which hasn’t necessarily been the happiest of hunting grounds in recent seasons. 

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With Chelsea’s growing threat in attack and Liverpool’s now sudden issue of leaking a few silly goals, I expect Sunday’s game to be close. But, I also have faith in our front three to outscore Chelsea.

I’m going with a 3-2 win for The Reds. With City facing Watford at home tomorrow afternoon, it’s vital we re-open the five point gap at the top on Sunday, well, unless something mad happens at the Etihad.

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