Blues Bulletin: Liverpool vs Chelsea

We begin our build-up to Saturday teatime's trip to Merseyside will all the important pre-match stats and information you need...


Liverpool vs Chelsea head to head

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago (Milner 79), Wijnaldum (c), Jones (Jota 62); Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 62), Firmino, Mane
Unused subs: Adrian, R Williams, N Williams, Keita, Shaqiri, Origi
Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Ziyech (Pulisic 66), Mount (Kovacic 80); Werner (Havertz 90+1)
Unused subs: Arrizabalaga, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud
Scorer: Mount 42
Head coach: Thomas Tuchel

Referee: Martin Atkinson


Chelsea stats

Chelsea are seeking to start a Premier League campaign with three wins without conceding for the first time since 2010/11. 

Since Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge in January, Edouard Mendy has kept more Premier League clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the competition (11). In all, Mendy has kept 18 clean sheets in 33 Premier League appearances, the best ratio among all keepers in the competition’s history to have played a minimum of 10 games.

Chelsea are unbeaten in our past 41 Premier League games when leading at half-time.

Other possible Chelsea milestones


Liverpool stats

Last season
Premier League - Third
FA Cup - Fourth round
League Cup - Fourth round
Champions League - Quarter-finals
Community Shield - Runners-up
Top scorer all competitions - Mohamed Salah 31
 
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Robertson 38, Wijnaldum 38, Salah 37
Most goals: Salah 22, Mane 11, Firmino 9, Jota 9
Most assists: Alexander-Arnold 7, Firmino 7, Mane 7, Robertson 7
Most clean sheets: Alisson 10, Adrian 1, Kelleher 1
Red cards: None
Most Yellow cards: Fabinho 6, Thiago 4
 
Liverpool are hoping to avoid successive home league defeats against an opponent since losing three in a row against Crystal Palace between 2014/15 and 2016/17.
 
Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League for 12 games (10 wins, two draws) since losing to Fulham at Anfield on 7 March.
 
The Reds have won their last seven Premier League games by an aggregate of 18-3, and have kept a clean sheet in the last four.

Mohamed Salah needs a brace to reach a century of career goals in the Premier League in his 161st game in the competition.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has provided nine assists for Sadio Mane in the Premier League, four more than he has for any other Liverpool player.

Mane has become the fifth Liverpool player to score 50 Premier League goals at Anfield following Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Salah.

Virgil van Dijk has not lost any of his 48 Premier League appearances for Liverpool at Anfield, winning 43 of them.

PRE-SEASON

Wacker Innsbruck D 1-1
Stuttgart D 1-1
Mainz W 1-0
Hertha Berlin L 3-4
Bologna W 2-0
Bologna W 1-0
Atletico Madrid D 1-1
Osasuna W 3-1

Premier League scorers: Jota 2, Firmino 1, Mane 1, Salah 1

Jurgen Klopp’s managerial record against Chelsea
Won 6
Drawn 5
Lost 4

LIVERPOOL’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME

Saturday 21 August 2021
Liverpool 2 Burnley 0
Team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas (Gomez 90+2); Elliott, Henderson (c), Keita (Thiago 81); Salah, Jota (Firmino 81), Mane
Scorers: Jota 18, Mane 69
Crowd: 52,591

Liverpool's summer signings

IN

Ibrahima Konate - RB Leipzig

OUT

Marko Grujic - Porto
Liam Millar - Basel
Georginio Wijnaldum - Paris Saint-Germain
Xherdan Shaqiri - Lyon
Harry Wilson - Fulham
Ben Woodburn - Hearts, loan

Discipline

There are no suspensions

In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list
Liverpool: Milner 1
Chelsea: None

Referee and VAR

Referee: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Chris Kavanagh

This will be Anthony Taylor’s fourth Blues game in 2021. He was the referee in both league games against Man City, plus our trip to Southampton.

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