Match Preview: Chelsea v Liverpool

Jurgen’s Reds travel down to London for the second time in 4 days this evening as they face Chelsea in the 5th round of the FA Cup.

Liverpool will be looking to bounce straight back from their first league defeat in 442 days which came at Vicarage Road on Saturday. 

It’s the second time we’ve faced Chelsea this season with goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bobby Firmino securing a 2-1 win at the Bridge all the way back in September.

Stamford Bridge has been a relatively happy hunting ground for Liverpool having lost just one of the last six visits there, dating back to May 2015.

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TEAM NEWS

There have been two major boosts handed to Liverpool ahead of tonight. Joe Gomez and James Milner are both fit and available for selection. Thank God for Joe Gomez. 

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Naby Keita remains out with the “sore hip” that kept him out of the Watford defeat and Xherdan Shaqiri is still unavailable to Jurgen Klopp.

Chelsea have no new injury concerns heading into tonight’s encounter. Both Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic remain injured, with the former just having flew off to Barcelona for analysis on a problematic ankle injury. 

Andreas Christensen is a doubt after picking up a knock at Bournemouth on Saturday but could still feature in some capacity. 

PREDICTED LINEUP

There’ll be changes, but with Saturday’s result going the way it did, the changes will be less wholesale.

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Adrian will, almost definitely, come in for Alisson.

I think the back four will consist of Neco Williams, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Andy Robertson. Trent could do with a rest.

Pedro Chirivella has earned his place in the ‘six’ for me. I think he’ll be partnered in midfield by Curtis Jones and Adam Lallana.

Bobby Firmino should start, flanked by Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino with the other two cogs of the normal front three machine featuring on the bench.

WHAT TO EXPECT 

A fired up Liverpool taking the game to Chelsea.

Saturday’s loss will have hurt every member of the squad, not just those who featured, and they’ll be looking for blood. Every single player will be looking to put Saturday behind them and start what is a crucial month for Liverpool with a win.

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Goals should also be expected in the game. After their battering at the hands of Bayern in the Champions League last week, the FA Cup is Lampard’s last chance of delivering a trophy in his debut season as Blues boss, so he’ll want it and so will the players.

I’m predicting Liverpool to win 3-2 with our goals coming through Origi, Lallana and Firmino and theirs coming from Olivier Giroud and Pedro.

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