Match Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea
Date & time: July 22nd, 2020 - 20:15
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Andre Marriner
A disappointing result last Wednesday means that the chance of Liverpool breaking Man City's points record, and setting one of their own, has now gone.
But a club record of 99 points is still attainable and Chelsea are the last major hurdle on the way to that total.
The visitors will be in very high spirits tomorrow night, having torn Man Utd apart on Sunday, but will come into the game knowing that they have to balance out their squad ahead of the last two games and the FA Cup final a week this Saturday.
Lampard is likely to look to rotate his squad, but the question is: how much? Can he really afford to drop points now with a weakened team, when a Champions League finish is still within his team's grasp?
Having said that, the visit of Wolves on Sunday will be no small task either, coming just six days before the FA Cup final.
It's three massive games in 11 days for Lampard and the first real test of his managerial credentials at the top level. Liverpool, meanwhile, will be handed the title at full-time, regardless of the result so will hopefully be able to play with relative freedom.
Injuries & Suspension
The captain, Jordan Henderson, and Joel Matip are both still out but we may finally see the return of James Milner, after Jurgen Klopp stated he would be available for the game.
Chelsea could well look to their squad, after a tiring game against Man Utd on Sunday but injury-wise, they're only without N'Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour. The latter unlikely to have started anyway.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): L-W-W-D-L
Chelsea (all comps): W-W-L-W-W
Predicted Line up
The boys have a visit to Newcastle this weekend, but the priority will really be a performance tomorrow night so expect Klopp to put out his strongest available team.
Liverpool should be missing just Henderson and Matip, so have a strong selection to choose from, so I reckon we'll look something like this.
Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah and Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Williams, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Elliott, Minamino and Origi.