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The teams: Liverpool v Chelsea

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both start for a third Premier League game in a row.

There is one change  from our previous league game, the win against West Ham, and that is up front with Willian coming in for Gonzalo Higuain. Eden Hazard is set to play as the most central striker today. 

Emerson, who scored at Anfield in the cup game earlier in the season, is the left-back. N'Golo Kante returns to the midfield having started Thursday's match in Prague on the bench. 

Liverpool make one change too from their last Premier League outing, a victory at Southampton. That is in midfield where Jordan Henderson replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Willian.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Higuain. 

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson (c), Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Origi, Sturridge.

Today's referee is Michael Oliver.

Stats recap

Chelsea are seeking to extend our unbeaten league run at Anfield to seven games.

In all competitions, our unbeaten run there is nine games, since our last defeat in 2012.

Our Carabao Cup win at Anfield in September is Liverpool’s only home defeat in all competitions for over a year.

The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last 15 Premier League matches between the sides. Chelsea have kept two in the same period.

Chelsea are unbeaten in our last six Premier League meetings at Anfield since our last defeat there in May 2012. We have won six and drawn five of our last 15 league games at Anfield. The previous 60 league matches brought only five Blues wins.

This will be our 88th game at Anfield and will equal, with Goodison Park, the most games played at an away ground in our history.

Liverpool have won more points (82) from 33 games in 2018/19 than they have at this stage in any other top-flight campaign.

Liverpool have lost just one league game this season - at Manchester City in January.

The Reds are unbeaten in their last 17 Premier League games against fellow ‘big six’ sides at Anfield (nine wins, eight draws), since a 0- 1 loss to Man Utd in January 2016.

Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League home game in nearly two years, last losing against Crystal Palace on 23 April 2017. Their unbeaten 37 game includes 27 wins and 10 draws – only Chelsea (86 games between March 2004 and October 2008) have recorded a longer such streak in the competition.

Jurgen Klopp takes charge of Liverpool for the 200th time today.


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