Liverpool will look to continue their roller-coaster ride when they visit Stamford Bridge on their multi-club tour since the beginning of the season. By the time the match ends on Friday, Liverpool will have played only one match at home and if Klopp can mastermind a win at the Bridge, it will be counted as an extremely successful start to the season. The new TV deal has seen the advent of Friday night football on a more regular basis with 12 matches scheduled to take place on Friday nights. Manchester United hosted Southampton on the 2nd weekend in the 1st fixture of this kind for the season.
Coming to Liverpool’s start, it has been something the fans have gotten used to seeing. A couple of big wins, with a shock defeat sandwiched in between. The run of the mill stuff as far as the Merseyside club are concerned. But what is different this time around, is that people believe Jurgen Klopp has it in him to steer the momentum Liverpool have built up, to last the season. When they have played well, they have played brilliantly. And it is something which will give the fans hope that on their off days this season, the players have that extra-bit to edge through matches. As people will have realised those matches will go a long way into deciding the position Liverpool will finally end up at.
HERE IS THE PREDICTED LIVERPOOL LINE-UP VS CHELSEA (4-3-3)
Simon Mignolet will start in goal with Loris Karius returning after recovering from a fractured hand and it will be best if he isn’t subjected to any shots from the likes of Willian from the edge of the box. Nathaniel Clyne will line-up at right back and will have a tough battle withEden Hazard. Lovren might return but the performance of Joel Matip and Lucas will not give sleepless nights to Klopp in case Lovren isn’t fit in time. James Milner, who agreed to a transfer to Liverpool to play in midfield, will once again line-up at left-back as their first choice full-back now.
The midfield 3 are unlikely to change much with Lallana, Henderson and Wijnaldum lining-up once more. If Emre Can can prove his fitness in time, a shuffle might not be out of the question with the German’s discipline in midfield likely to come in handy.
With Phillipe Coutinho expected to start, Klopp’s tactics might see Daniel Sturridge being sacrificed with Firmino preferred in the false 9 role. Sadio Mane is a nailed on starter on the right-hand side with Coutinho most likely stationed on the opposite flank.