Liverpool lock horns with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea as they look to tighten their grip on the third spot in the ladder. They sit on 72 points, six ahead of their opponents, having played an extra game.
Jurgen Klopp stands as one of the most successful managers ahead of this game, as he has won in both his visits to West London. No manager has ever won their first three at the Bridge.
However, their last two away games have both been draws, which could be improved. Jurgen Klopp is expected to keep the intensity going with a similar XI that progressed to the Champions League final in the second leg. Having hinted that his focus is truly on this clash, the Reds will definitely conclude a successful season if they take anything away from the Bridge and secure a top fourth berth.
Loris Karius, Klopp’s more trusted gloveman, will fill up the number 1 position. The back four that conceded four goals against Roma is probably going to be chopped and changed a bit.
Young full-back Andrew Robertson will start. His energy, willingness and conviction while attacking makes him a vital cog. Ragnar Klavan could replace Dejan Lovren, while Virgil Van Dijk’s skill and dependability should feature yet again. His strength, man marking and capability to cover ground quickly is a key asset to possess.
Nathaniel Clyne is expected to replace Alexander-Arnold, who was lacklustre the previous game. The young full back repeatedly lost his marker, switched off at times and added tactical errors to his poor showing.
The trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum will add traffic to the midfield.
The captain has led from the front, tuning his tackles to perfection and spraying passes all around. Wijnaldum plays with more license, attacks the opposition box more often and adds value to the forward play. James Milner too, has been excellent with his impeccable work rate, interceptions and set pieces.
Roberto Firmino will play as a false 9, the position where he has bloomed all season. He will draw defenders away, work hard for the ball, drop deeper to initiate the play and unleash his lethal counter attacking ability.
Mohamed Salah, who can’t be described by adjectives anymore, will look to maul the Blues defence from right wing.
Sadio Mané is likely to feature down the left flank. He is quick, swift and creative.
Probable playing XI – (4-3-3)
Loris Karius; Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren/Ragnar Klavan, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané.