Liverpool team news & predicted XI vs Chelsea

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Liverpool will host Chelsea in their Premier League clash at Anfield this evening, and there is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp will make some changes from the starting lineup that faced Norwich City in the FA Cup.

The Reds will get back to business in the league tonight as they look to further extend their run sitting at the top of the Premier League table, though Chelsea will be no easy opponents to overcome.

Liverpool have tallied up seven consecutive draws with the West Londoners in open play, only leaving the pitch victorious in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals where both were won by penalties.

Jurgen Klopp will be desperate for his side to break the stalemate curse when Mauricio Pochettino visits the red side of Merseyside, as strengthening their position and leading the league table will be imperative with Manchester City looming just behind in the shadows.

In terms of injuries, Joel Matip, Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago Alcantara, Mohamed Salah, and Kostas Tsimikas are ruled out indefinitely, while Wataru Endo continues to compete with his respective nation at the Asia Cup.

Andrew Robertson, Dominik Szoboszlai and Trent Alexander-Arnold all returned to the pitch at the weekend when they made second-half cameos against Norwich, and are all expected to be in contention tonight.

Not only that, Klopp revealed in his pre-match press conference that Alexis Mac Allister should also be available for selection against Chelsea after being noticeably missing in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Anfield.

How could Liverpool line-up vs Chelsea?

We predict that Jurgen Klopp will make six changes to the eleven that started in the FA Cup, whilst maintaining his classic 4-3-3 formation.

We expect to see an overhaul of the defensive set-up, with club captain Virgil van Dijk returning to his role alongside Ibrahima Konate, whilst Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will get their first starts following their return from injury.

In midfield, we predict that Curtis Jones will retain his spot in the centre of the pitch; however, Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister will join him, replacing James McConnell and Ryan Gravenberch.

Both Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota are expected to start once again after dominating Norwich, but Cody Gakpo will make way for Colombian wizard Luis Diaz.

With that being said, Liverpool should have more than enough quality to tackle a talented Chelsea side at Anfield under the lights and another three points will put the side in good stead to comfortably compete for the title.

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