The line-ups are in ahead of today’s Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge…
Jürgen Klopp reverts back to a team similar to last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Southampton after playing a host of youth team and squad players in the Capital One Cup win over AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
Christian Benteke is only deemed fit enough for the bench after a knee injury however. With Divock Origi omitted completely, versatile Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino starts up front.
Stand-in captain James Milner returns from a one-match suspension.
Diego Costa starts for the hosts despite a rib issue but Pedro remains out and Namanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas are both benched.
Chelsea, who can overtake Liverpool in the standings with a victory, are still without first-choice goalie Thibaut Courtois so summer arrival Asmir Begovic continues to deputise.
At the time of writing, a surprisingly high 63% of Vital Liverpool users, who voted in our online poll, think Liverpool will win. 19% are backing Chelsea and 18% foresee a draw.
The game is scheduled for a 12.45pm GMT kick-off and will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 1.
Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.
Subs: Amelia, Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner (c), Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino.
Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Benteke, Allen, Ibe, Teixeira, Randall.
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