Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Tonight’s game sees us travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have crashed out of both cups and have failed to win their last three in the Premier League, leaving them ten points adrift of us going into tonight’s game. Chelsea meanwhile, saw off Brentford in a comfortable FA Cup fixture at the weekend and have won the last 2 in the league after the slip up against Spurs.
We should bear in mind, the side that went out to Wolves won’t be the side we face tonight, with Klopp doing everything in his power to have Mane back on the pitch for this one, for a return to his strongest XI – and it’ll be an XI that won’t want the poor run to continue.
Going into tonight’s game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says “Losing three home games [in a row] feels less than average. But losing in three competitions is better than losing three in just one. I really think we should try everything to make the best of the base we made. Stay positive. It’s possible we could qualify for the Champions League.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “Liverpool is a very tough game for us because their focus will be very high. When you play at Anfield it’s very difficult for teams. After three defeats you are very angry, and we must know this. We have to play our football with good intensity and then we will see what happens.”
For Liverpool, Nathaniel Clyne (rib) is a slight doubt and Adam Lallana is apparently facing a fitness test after a knock against Wolves. Mane may well play after being flown back from African Nations duty sharpish.
For Chelsea, there are no injury worries after the FA Cup game at the weekend.
LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kanté, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (11th May 2016)
RECENT FORM (PL)
~ This is the 70th competitive meeting between the two clubs since the Premier League started ~ Liverpool will be looking to do the double over Chelsea for the first Premier League season since 2011/12.
~ Liverpool are unbeaten in the last four league meetings (W2, D2).
~ Liverpool have failed to win any of the last four home league games against Chelsea
~ Liverpool have only won one of their last eight matches in all competitions
~ If Liverpool beat Chelsea, their points tally of 48 will equal the club record after 23 matches of a Premier League season
~ Chelsea have won 15 of their last 16 league games, with their only defeat coming away to Tottenham.
~ Chelsea have kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League this season
~ Chelsea are the lowest scorers away from home among the Premier League’s top five this season with 17 goals.