Chelsea vs Liverpool confirmed: squad news ahead of Premier League game today
Chelsea host Liverpool today in a crucial Premier League summit meeting but the Blues are struggling with injuries as the competition draws near.
The two sides are only one point apart – Chelsea are second and Liverpool third – after the two slipped midweek, allowing leaders Manchester City to take an eight-point lead at the top of the weekend.
Reece James and Andreas Christensen are the latest defenders to join an injured list that includes Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. Liverpool, meanwhile, are enjoying the return of Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho to their squad.
Here’s all you need to know.
When is Chelsea vs Liverpool?
The match kicks off today, Sunday January 2, at 4.30 p.m. GMT.
How to watch
Chelsea vs Liverpool will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League channels. Subscribers can stream the game live online through the Sky Sports app and website.
What is the news of the team?
Chelsea are without Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Reece James, while Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are both still on the path to a full recovery from Covid-19. Romelu Lukaku is set to be dropped after his controversial interview angered boss Thomas Tuchel.
Liverpool received another heavy blow from the virus with Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip joining Jurgen Klopp in missing the game with suspected positive tests. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are available before going to the Africa Cup of Nations. Thiago Alcantara was ruled out of the defeat at Leicester with a small problem but could return.
Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kanté, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic
Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Jota, Mane
It’s a big game on the backs of the points lost by both teams, and the loser is probably out of the title race. Chelsea’s injuries and unsettling form suggest Liverpool could have the advantage even if they are away from home. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool.