The Blues new year starts with a pair of big home matches, with first coming up with Liverpool in Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea take on Liverpool in the first big competition of 2022, the two sides who are fighting in a second and third place in the Premier League table, with the blues on their second best form over the past eight on the road, but at home there is plenty of room for changes.
Chelsea’s present setback are well known, but this is a club that could easily have “Triumph in Adversity” as its motto, and Stamford Bridge embraces few wins more enthusiastically than those against Liverpool. the first leg meeting that ended 1-1 despite Reece James’ controversial first-half red card, earning plaudits for a defensive masterclass from the Blues side.
The west London side are unbeaten in their last two meetings against the Merseyside, though they have won their last two visits to Stamford Bridge, victory today will take the Blues four point clear ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side. Who got only one point in their last two league games. Their second lose of the season came against Leicester City, but they got advantage of an extra day recovery ahead of Chelsea for this showdown. While it is confirmed that the Liverpool coach will miss this game due to positive result on Covid-19.
Both clubs will be hoping for a New Year’s Day festival test over Saturday lunch from Arsenal, who host League leaders Manchester City. For the first time since 1994, safe standing will take place in Stamford Bridge, with the Chelsea boss accepting the offer, while he commented “We absolutely need them at their best level.”
The German manager’s key selection focus is on the wing-back position, with in-form players like Reece James a major doubt for this showdown, and a long-term absentee Ben Chilwell also to miss. Marcos Alonso is likely to continue on the left side expect if decision is made to rotate Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta from the centre back, Callum Hudson-Odoi or Christian Pulisic will be handed the role in the right flank.
Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho looked tired towards the ending of the 90 minutes in our last game, N’ Golo Kante seems likely to start in the central midfield, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek availability remain unknown.
Hakim Ziyech, Ross Barkley and Kai Havertz were unused substitutes against the Brighton match but an attack led by Striker Romelu Lukaku was able to put fear against the seagull side before their late equalizer. It is also confirmed that Chelsea African players likely to Liverpool players are permitted to play this game before their trip to Cameron for their African Cup of Nations.