Liverpool and Chelsea are shockingly combating for mid-table supremacy

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WHO would have thought by the point this conflict between Liverpool and Chelsea got here round we might be seeing a battle for mid-table supremacy?

Accidents have killed any reasonable probability of a title cost for both facet – however some followers are shouldering extra blame on the managers at current.

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Graham Potter has discovered it robust going since taking up as Chelsea bossCredit score: Getty
Jurgen Klopp has cut a frustrated figure at times for Liverpool this season

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Jurgen Klopp has lower a pissed off determine at instances for Liverpool this seasonCredit score: AP

Jurgen Klopp might need delivered Liverpool to a historic title triumph in 2019/20, however over-reliance on a few of those self same gamers hasn’t helped issues this season.

Among the kids he has introduced into the first-team squad – the likes of Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho – have proven glimpses of their abilities.

However would they kind a part of a title-winning XI now? The jury is properly and really out.

Chelsea had been taken over by Todd Boehly, sacked boss Thomas Tuchel and poached Graham Potter from Brighton.

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The neutrals amongst us had been happy to see one of many giants of English soccer giving a giant change to an Englishman.

However even by his personal admission, Potter has discovered it robust going at Stamford Bridge.

He has been hammered by a succession of accidents which have meant he has by no means been capable of put out the identical XI.

However Blues followers, backed by their new billionaire, need a lot greater than what they’re seeing proper now.

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What’s their kind like?

Liverpool seemed to be getting their season again on monitor – till successive losses towards Brentford and Brighton.

Klopp’s facet have gained three and misplaced two of their final 5 Prem video games.

Chelsea ended a three-game winless run by beating Crystal Palace final trip 1-0.

Of their final 5 video games they’ve gained two, misplaced two and drawn one.

What’s the crew information and any accidents to fret about?

Liverpool‘s season has been hit by a complete host of accidents.

Roberto Firmino, Arthur Melo, Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz are all dominated out.

Darwin Nunez and Konstantino Tsimikas are battling to shake off niggles for the sport.

Chelsea‘s medical room is even busier.

Edouard Mendy, Christian Pulisic, Armando Broja, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Denis Zakaria, Raheem Sterling and N’Golo Kante are all crocked.

Joao Felix will miss the sport after being despatched off on his debut towards Fulham. However new £88m signing Mykhailo Mudryk is about to function – thought might need to attend on the bench.

A Liverpool XI without Virgil van Dijk is just not the same Liverpool

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A Liverpool XI with out Virgil van Dijk is simply not the identical LiverpoolCredit score: PA

Who would be the star males?

It is virtually inconceivable to inform who will lastly step as much as the plate for Liverpool in the mean time.

They’re determined for some genius from Mo Salah – absolutely it’s time for him to seek out his scoring boots?

Mason Mount is just about the one certainty within the Chelsea XI in the mean time.

Boss Potter is clearly a giant fan, and shall be counting on the England man to get his crew motoring.

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What have the managers mentioned?

Requested if the gamers who helped Liverpool beat Wolves within the FA Cup have performed themselves into competition for the Chelsea sport, Klopp mentioned: “Yeah, yeah. I do not assume it is going to be proper after one sport to say, ‘That would be the crew for the subsequent eight weeks.’ Let’s take a look.

“We are not in a casting show. But, of course, the door is open to everyone. Whoever fights has a good chance to play.”

Talking after ending their dangerous run by beating Palace, Potter mentioned: “I might be mendacity if I mentioned I wasn’t relieved as a result of it is good to get a win.

“I assumed we performed higher than when getting no factors towards Fulham [in the 2-1 defeat on Thursday].

“After which once you get the crimson card for João Félix, who’s in all probability the final particular person you assume goes to get a crimson card in that sport, you assume we have achieved one thing flawed when it comes to luck.

“But you have to keep going and you have to deal with the bad times, deal with the tough situations, accept the criticism that comes your way and take your responsibilities. That’s what we’ve tried to do.”

Chelsea celebrate after beating Crystal Palace - can they make it back-to-back wins?

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Chelsea have fun after beating Crystal Palace – can they make it back-to-back wins?Credit score: Getty

What are the chances

Liverpool 17-20

Chelsea 31-10

Draw 14-5

Odds courtesy of Betfair.

When is Liverpool vs Chelsea?

Liverpool will host Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, January 21.

The Premier League match kicks off at 12.30pm.

Is Liverpool vs Chelsea on TV and what channel is it on?

The sport WILL be proven on TV, BT Sport have the rights to this mouthwatering conflict.

How can I reside stream the match?

You may stream this Premier League conflict through the BT Sport app or on the BT Sport web site.

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SunSport prediction

You’d assume each groups wouldn’t accept something lower than a win of their present predicament.

Damage issues might see it being a bit hell for leather-based at instances, and we’re going to go for the not-so-brave choice of a draw – Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea.



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