Our look ahead to Liverpool begins with the key facts and figures worth knowing as a regular fixture resumes...
Chelsea vs Liverpool head to head
Chelsea have won one of our past 12 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (five draws, six defeats), beating them 1-0 at the Bridge in May 2018 thanks to a first-half Olivier Giroud header.
Liverpool are seeking a fifth consecutive Premier League win against Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho was in charge the last time we came away from Anfield with three points. Cesar Azpilicueta was in a side that won 2-1 in November 2014 with goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa, after Emre Can opened the scoring early on. Since then we have drawn three, all 1-1, and lost the last two.
This will be our 90th game at Anfield and will equal, with Goodison Park, the most games played at an away ground in our history.
The reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, which Liverpool won 2-0, was only the second time in 24 games in all competitions that we have failed to score at least one goal against the Reds.
Biggest league win for each team:
Chelsea 6-1 Liverpool - 1937/38 - Division One
Liverpool 6-0 Chelsea - 1934/35 - Division One
Chelsea’s biggest league win at Anfield is 4-1 in 1907/08 and 2005/06
Last season's corresponding game
LIVERPOOL 5 CHELSEA 3
Premier League, Anfield, 22.07.20, 8.15pm
Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk (c), Robertson; Wijnaldum (Milner 66), Fabinho, Keita (Jones 66); Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 78), Firmino (Minamino 87), Mane (Origi 87) Unused subs Adrian, Lovren, Lallana, Shaqiri
Booked Gomez 83
Scorers Keita 23, Alexander-Arnold 38, Wijnaldum 43, Firmino 55, Oxlade-Chamberlain 84
Manager Jurgen Klopp
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso (Emerson 87); Willian (Hudson-Odoi 59), Mount (Pulisic 59); Giroud (Abraham 59)
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Tomori, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro
Scorers Giroud 45+3, Abraham 61, Pulisic 73
Head coach Frank Lampard
Referee Andre Marriner
Thomas Tuchel’s side are hoping to extend our unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games since our defeat at Leicester on 19 January.
In all competitions, the Blues have won four of our five away games under Tuchel, drawing the other.
Only Manchester City have conceded fewer Premier League goals this season than Chelsea.
Fewest Premier League goals conceded 2020/21
Man City - 16 at 0.63 per game
Chelsea - 25 at 0.96 per game
Arsenal - 27 at 1.04 per game
Aston Villa - 27 at 1.08 per game
Tottenham - 27 at 1.08 per game
Twenty-nine per cent of our Premier League goals this season have been scored in the last 15 minutes (12/41).
Since Tuchel's first game in charge of Chelsea on 27 January, we have allowed our opponents just two shots on target per Premier League game on average (14 faced in seven matches).
Chelsea Premier League scorers:
Abraham 6, Jorginho 5 (5 pens), Werner 5, Giroud 4, Mount 4 (1 pen), Zouma 4, Chilwell 2, Hudson-Odoi 2, Thiago Silva 2, Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Havertz 1, James 1, Pulisic 1, Ziyech 1, own-goals 1.
If selected, Cesar Azpilicueta will make his 411th appearance for the club and become our outright 10th all-time appearance maker.
Top 20 all-time appearances
R Harris 795, Bonetti 729, Terry 717, Lampard 648, Hollins 592, Cech 494, Wise 445, Clarke 421, Dixon 420, Azpilicueta 410, McCreadie 410, Bumstead 409, K Armstrong 402, Drogba 381, Osgood 380, Ivanovic 377, Cooke 373, Mikel 372, G Smith 370, Tambling 370.
If selected, N’Golo Kante will make his 150th Premier League appearance for Chelsea.
This season’s Premier League stats (26 games)
Most appearances: Firmino 26, Robertson 26, Wijnaldum 26
Most goals: Salah 17, Mane 7, Firmino 6
Most assists: Firmino 5, Robertson 5
Most clean sheets: Alisson 6
Liverpool’s 68-match league home unbeaten run came to an end in January against Burnley. They have now lost four consecutive league games at Anfield, equalling their top-flight record set in 1923. The Reds have never lost five consecutive home games in their history, either in the league or all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are now 528 minutes without a goal in open play in the Premier League at Anfield. Their only home league goal in 2021 was a Mohamed Salah penalty against Man City.
They have lost six Premier League games in 2021, already one more than in 2019 and 2020 combined.
The Reds have conceded 34 goals this term, one more than in the entirety of last season's title-winning campaign.
Liverpool’s second goal against Sheffield United on Sunday was their 7,000th in the English top-flight, becoming only the second team to reach that landmark after Everton (7,109 goals).
Liverpool have scored just one first-half goal in their past 11 league fixtures.
Salah is leading the Premier League Golden Boot with 17 goals, followed by Bruno Fernandes on 15 and Harry Kane on 14.
Thirty-two per cent of the league goals Liverpool have conceded have come in the last 15 minutes (11/34).
London sides have lost each of their last 15 Premier League visits to Anfield.
Despite losing their last four games at Anfield, Liverpool still have the equal-third-best home record (with Chelsea) with 23 points from a possible 39:
Leeds W 4-3
Arsenal W 3-1
Sheffield Utd W 2-1
West Ham W 2-1
Leicester W 3-0
Wolves W 4-0
Tottenham W 2-1
West Brom D 1-1
Manchester Utd D 0-0
Burnley L 0-1
Brighton L 0-1
Manchester City L 1-4
Everton L 0-2
When Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Premier League last season, Liverpool won 18 of their 19 home games, drawing against Burnley in the other.
Liverpool Premier League scorers
Salah 17 (6 pens), Mane 7, Firmino 6, Jota 5, Wijnaldum 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Henderson 1, Jones 1, Matip 1, Minamino 1, Robertson 1, Van Dijk 1, own-goals 3
Jurgen Klopp’s managerial record against Chelsea
Liverpool's last Premier League game
Sunday 28 February
Sheffield United 0 Liverpool 2
Team 4-3-3: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago (Milner 76), Wijnaldum (c), Jones (Keita 80); Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Scorers: Jones 48, Bryan own-goal 65
Liverpool's January transfer window
Ben Davies - Preston
Ozan Kabak - Schalke, loan
Takumi Minamino - Southampton, loan
There are no suspensions.
The suspension for five bookings has passed. Players who accumulate 10 yellow cards in Premier League matches up to and including our 32nd fixture will serve a two-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list:
Liverpool: Fabinho 5, Thiago 3, Mane 3, Jones 2, Kabak 2, Matip 2, Phillips 2, Shaqiri 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Alisson 1, Firmino 1, Milner 1, Robertson 1, Van Dijk 1, Wijnaldum 1, N Williams 1
Chelsea: Kante 6, Azpilicueta 4, Chilwell 3, James 3, Thiago Silva 3, Ziyech 3, Alonso 2, Havertz 2, Kovacic 2, Mount 2, Pulisic 2, Christensen 1, Giroud 1, Zouma 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Craig Pawson
VAR: Paul Tierney
Craig Pawson is the official for his fourth Blues game this term. The previous three were also away at Brighton, Newcastle and most recently Leicester.