Liverpool vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more today

Romelu Lukaku is expected to start against Liverpool

Follow all the action as Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield in the Premier League this afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed a fine start, with comfortable victories against Norwich and Burnley, and look far more like the title-winning side of old after last season’s off-colour campaign. Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah have been clinical up front while Virgil van Dijk has returned to the heart of the Reds’ defence. He will be firmly tested in a much-anticipated tussle with Romelu Lukaku after the £97.5m striker marked his return to Chelsea with a goal against Arsenal last weekend.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have maintained the fantastic wave of momentum of their Champions League glory, with victory in the Super Cup followed by wins against Crystal Palace and Arsenal to start the new campaign in style. Considered the greatest threat to Manchester City’s Premier League crown, the Blues may still yet further reinforce their squad, with Jules Koundé expected to arrive before next week’s transfer deadline. Jorginho was named Uefa’s player of the year on Thursday and starts at the base of midfield in what will amount to the first big test of both team’s title credentials. Follow all the action live below:


Team news – Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Anfield in March was their seventh Premier League away victory against Liverpool, a total bettered only by Manchester United who have 12 wins.

The Blues have scored in all but one of their last 12 league and cup games at Anfield.

Liverpool vs Chelsea brings early clash of team-building ideologies and Premier League title hopes

When Thomas Tuchel got to work with Romelu Lukaku at training for the first time, he had the same feeling that Jurgen Klopp did with Virgil van Dijk, and that Sir Alex Ferguson did with Eric Cantona.

It was that their instincts were right. “This fits.”

The sense around their Cobham training base and the game is that the Chelsea team is complete. If so, it could be the same end result as what happened with Liverpool around 2018 to 2019, but from a completely different process.

It is why a meeting between the two this early in the season may actually be timely, and perhaps prescient, rather than premature. There is more to this than a title race. It is also about how title challengers are built. The two sides represent very different routes.

Liverpool vs Chelsea brings early clash of team-building ideologies and title hopes

The two recent champions of Europe have constructed their silverware-winning squads in very different ways

Early team news – Liverpool vs Chelsea

Andy Robertson has recovered from his ankle injury and could replace Kostas Tsimikas at left-back for Liverpool. Fabinho is back in training following a bereavement but James Milner remains injured.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante might start his first league game of the season after recovering from an ankle injury and Cesar Azpilicueta is set to make his 300th Premier League appearance.

Kurt Zouma will be absent while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic could miss out after returning positive coronavirus tests.

Granit Xhaka epitomises Arsenal’s alarming descent into disarray

It did not require Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo. In truth, it barely even warranted the most casual flourishes of Manchester City’s quality.

That should come as no slight against their domination, but simply serve to highlight the dismal and desperate nature of Arsenal’s kamikaze flight, a squad whose only sense of purpose at present seems to be crashing and burning.

Granit Xhaka epitomises Arsenal’s alarming descent into disarray

A 5-0 defeat highlighted all the flaws that have left Mikel Arteta’s side in a desperate nosedive

Arsenal performances ‘becoming embarrassing’, says Martin Keown after Man City hammering

Arsenal legend Martin Keown feels his former club are “becoming embarrassing” after being thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s side suffered their third successive defeat of the season as they head into the international break without a single Premier League point or goal.

Arsenal performances ‘becoming embarrassing’, says Martin Keown

Arsenal went bottom of the Premier League table following the defeat

‘Really painful’ defeat disappoints Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is disappointed in the manner of his team’s defeat to Manchester City as well as some of the decisions from the officials on the pitch including in the build up to City’s second goal where Calum Chambers took a hit from Aymeric Laporte. Arteta said:

Really painful, we started the game really well, we didn’t defend the cross, we defended poorly. We created some situations, it’s a clear punch on Calum’s face. The referee allows it to go, then after the red card, a mountain to climb.

“I am angry for the consequence of the team, the line is thin. I am disappointed with the second goal, the way they allowed that goal.

“We played the system before, with a back four against Chelsea, every time you lose a game, it should be another system.

“When you lose a game it’s impossible, we had 3,000 fans today, the way they reacted, it was unconditional, everybody went there to thank them. We have to fix it.

“A lot of players hopefully back, refresh their minds, it’s been really tough, we need to face the challenge.”

Reaction from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

A despondent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spoke to the media after the game saying that Arsenal didn’t take enough risks against Man City. He said:

Today wasn’t enough, against a team like City, 11 vs 11, you have to take risks and be brave on the ball, and we didn’t today. After the red card it was a different game, it wasn’t enough, everybody has to look in the mirror, stick together, it’s the only way to perform.

“We have to play with courage, this type of game you have to play with everything, take risks, we just didn’t do enough today and that’s it.

“Definitely we have to talk between us players, it’s important as we are Arsenal and we have to have pride, that’s it, we have to talk, say the truth, be honest.

“For sure it’s going to be difficult, we’re a team, we have to stick together in this moment. As senior players, we have to show the way to the young players, it won’t be easy but we’ll try our best.”

Arsenal’s woes continue

Arsenal are only the second team in Premier League history to lose their first three matches in a season and have a goal difference of -9, after Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003-04, who went on to finish bottom of the table.

Ferran Torres shines as Man City thrash shambolic Arsenal to go top of Premier League

Eyes down, everybody, and have your daubers to hand. It’s time for another round of Arsenal bingo. Who had diabolical defending with several different players at fault for the five goals conceded?

What about insipid, over-complicated attacking play that produced only one shot on the opposition goal?

Oh, and not forgetting the obligatory Granit Xhaka red card. Full house!

Ferran Torres shines as Man City thrash shambolic Arsenal to go top of Premier League

Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal: Pep Guardiola’s champions eased past a hapless Gunners side who are now pointless and without a goal through three games this season

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