Liverpool – Chelsea will be an incredible game at Anfield on Thursday (start time 3:15pm ET on Peacock Premium) as both Premier League giants are locked in a battle to finish in the top four.
Chelsea currently have 44 points in the Premier League, while Liverpool have 43. This is pivotal in their top four hopes.
Liverpool are coming off the back of a morale-boosting win at Sheffield United but they continue to struggle with defensive injuries. Jurgen Klopp’s side are battling through it and, like Chelsea, are in a positive position in their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie. All is not lost for the reigning Premier League champions as Klopp faces his countryman, Thomas Tuchel.
As for Chelsea, Tuchel remains unbeaten as their manager and he has shored up their defensive issues to set the foundation for his spell in charge of the Blues. Their dour draw at home against Manchester United last weekend proved that he may need to loosen the shackles slightly, but he is moving things in the right direction.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool – Chelsea.
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Liverpool are without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez long-term, while Joel Matip is missing for the rest of the season. Fabinho is fit again and starts, while Diogo Jota makes his return from injury and is on the bench. Jordan Henderson is out until April with a groin injury, while Alisson is back in goal after he was given time off following the shock death of his father.
🔴 #LIVCHE 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 🔵
Our line-up for tonight 👊
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 4, 2021
Chelsea are without Thiago Silva, who has been missing since the win at Tottenham last month. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kovacic drop the bench as Jorginho and Reece James come in.. USMNT star Christian Pulisic came off the bench against Man United and played in a false nine position, and did pretty well, and he’s on the bench again.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 4, 2021
What they’re saying
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s struggles: “Most of the problems are as a result of the injury situation. This year we have faced completely new problems. I have never in my life – and I have been doing the job for 20 years – had to change the last line every week. I am a much better manager this season than I was before because usually you are not having to think about these things but now I am having to think about them constantly.”
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante says they will go for it at Liverpool: “It is a very important game for us. We are very close in the league and we go there for a win. We know it will not be easy but we got there with hope and I am sure we can get a good result from Anfield. We need to do everything we can to get this top four.”
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Liverpool are +125 to win and are the favorites, while Chelsea are +205 to win. The draw is +245.
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I’m going to lean towards a home win here. Despite their injuries, Liverpool are showing signs of improvement and Chelsea are struggling to score goals in attack. I think Mane and Salah will come up with the goods. Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea.
How to watch Liverpool – Chelsea, stream and start time
Kick off: 3:15pm ET, Thursday
TV Channel: Peacock Premium
Online: Peacock Premium