Henderson starts! Chelsea vs Liverpool Premier League preview, team news, confirmed XIs, plus more

Henderson starts! Chelsea vs Liverpool Premier League preview, team news, confirmed XIs, plus more

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The Blues emerged victorious from their Carabao Cup tie at Anfield on Wednesday thanks to the individual brilliance of Eden Hazard

Chelsea and Liverpool meet for the second time in a week on Saturday after Eden Hazard dumped the Reds out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night – and it’s LIVE on talkSPORT!

A moment of spectacular solo brilliance put an end to Liverpool’s 100% start to the season, however their perfect Premier League record remains in tact with six wins from six.

Hazard was the difference on Wednesday

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri suffered his first dropped points in English football at West Ham last Sunday as his side were held to a goalless draw.

The Italian has not lost a league match since his Napoli team were beaten by Fiorentina on 29th April, almost five months ago.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be looking to stretch their two point lead at the top of the Premier League and make an early statement in the title race.

Liverpool are flying in the league

Liverpool are flying in the league

What the managers are saying

Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea manager): “I think that he [Hazard] is for sure one of the best (players in the world), but I am absolutely convinced that he can improve.

“If he’s able to improve during training maybe he will be able to use and serve at 100 per cent.

Zola hailed Hazard as one of the best in the world

Zola hailed Hazard as one of the best in the world

“Because I think that we have seen only 75, 80 per cent of his potential.

“So I think that if he’s able to improve he will be the best in the world.”

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool manager): “I know exactly how good he is. Eden Hazard is a special player, obviously, and he enjoys these one-on-one situations or one versus two or three situations, he enjoys it.

Klopp felt he had Chelsea under control on Wednesday

Klopp felt he had Chelsea under control on Wednesday

“I didn’t need that game to know about Eden, it was already clear before.

“But no player is not defendable. They are difficult to defend. If you give Sadio Mane the ball in the wrong space then you cannot get him anymore as an opponent. It’s not possible.”

Where can you listen?

Chelsea vs Liverpool is LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 17:30. Click here for a live commentary stream of Chelsea vs Liverpool

Team news

Pedro remains out

Pedro remains out

Both managers made eight changes to their starting elevens on Wednesday night and they are expected to return to full strength at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea winger Pedro is expected to miss out with a shoulder injury suffered in the Europa League victory over PAOK, while Antonio Rudiger is doubtful with a knock picked up against West Ham.

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns – Virgil Van Dijk should be fit to play despite coming off with a suspected rib injury in last week’s clash with Southampton.

Confirmed teams

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Giroud, Hazard.

Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Caballero, Moses, Zappacosta, Cahill, Morata.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Matip.


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