Lukaku will be looking to add to the goal he scored on his second Chelsea debut
The first major clash between two of this season’s Premier League title rivals takes place this evening as Liverpool and Chelsea battle it out at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have swatted aside Norwich and Burnley with relative ease in their first two matches of the season. And Thomas Tuchel’s European champions have been equally as convincing with their victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
But neither will have it all their own way in this one as two of England’s biggest sides look to put a marker down to their title rivals.
Last season it was the away team who managed to win both league fixtures, with the Reds securing a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge before Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win at Anfield. But will all that change now spectators are back in full force?
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match today.
When is it?
The match kicks off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday 28 August.
How can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 5pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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Fabinho looks set to miss out on this one after not being included in the Burnley clash due to personal reasons following the death of his father.
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is set to return after the birth of his child, while Andy Robertson could also come back in for Kostas Tsimikas.
Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both recently tested positive for coronavirus and so could be unavailable for selection.
But N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech came on as substitutes against Arsenal and will be competing for a starting place at Anfield.
LIV – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane
CHE – Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku
Both sides come into this mouthwatering clash having won both of their opening games without conceding a goal. Since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, Tuchel has built a reputation on making the Blues incredibly solid and resolute. But that resolve will be tested to the limit at Anfield as they look to do what they managed back in March by winning in Liverpool’s backyard. Unlike then, this time there will be a capacity crowd in attendance on Merseyside. Chelsea have not beaten the Reds in the league at Anfield in front of fans since November 2014. Meanwhile, Klopp’s men look revived with the return of Virgil van Dijk and the battle between him and Lukaku promises to be something special. There is very little to split these two sides but the Anfield crowd could narrowly get the home team over the line. Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea.
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