Will Liverpool’s decision prove the correct one against Chelsea?

Probable Lineups…

Liverpool ChelseaLiverpool (4-4-1-1): Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Henderson, Coutinho, Balotelli

Liverpool aren’t in the best of form at the moment, only winning one game in their last five, which was a 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Swansea City. Their last Premier League fixture at the weekend was also a shock loss to Newcastle United, and now the Reds have the daunting task of hosting Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield. Manager Brendan Rodgers seemed to field a weakened side in the midweek 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League, so the likes of Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, and Mario Balotelli will be fit and ready for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s men. Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge are still both nursing respective injuries.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Ramires, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa

Chelsea remain unbeaten this season but their last two matches Jose Mourinho’s men have been far from convincing. During the weekend a late controversial Eden Hazard penalty earned a 2-1 win against newly promoted Queens Park Rangers, but the Blues only managed a 1-1 draw in the Champions League clash with Maribor, with Hazard coincidently missing a late penalty. Mourinho, however, has a fully fit squad at his disposal for the trip to Anfield. Injury-prone Diego Costa seems to have shaken off his niggling hamstring problem and is set to lead the line flanked by Hazard and one of either Willian or Andre Schurrle. Ramires also makes a return and could form a three-man midfield with Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas at the expense of Oscar.

What the fans are saying…

Remember this?

Sadly, it was Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip last season against Chelsea at Anfield that ultimately cost Liverpool the title. But we expect it will only push the Reds captain to perform even better this Saturday.

 


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