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Chelsea vs Liverpool confirmed line-ups: Havertz Replace Lukaku, Salah Start for Liverpool,Team news ahead of Premier League fixture today #CheLiv

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Chelsea host Liverpool today in a crunch meeting at the top of the Premier League but the Blues have some injury concerns coming into the contest.

The two teams are separated by only one point – Chelsea are second with Liverpool third – after both slipped up in midweek, allowing leaders Manchester City to move eight points clear at the top coming into the weekend.

Reece James and Andreas Christensen are the latest defenders to join an injury list which includes Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. Liverpool meanwhile are enjoying the return of Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho to their group

 

When is Chelsea vs Liverpool?

The match kicks off today, Sunday 2 January, at 4.30pm GMT.

How to watch

Chelsea vs Liverpool will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League channels. Subscribers can stream the game online live via the Sky Sports app and website.

What is the team news?

Chelsea are without Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen and Reece James, while Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are both still on the road to full recovery from Covid-19. Romelu Lukaku is set to be dropped after his controversial interview angered boss Thomas Tuchel.

Liverpool have been dealt another blow by the virus with Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip joining Jurgen Klopp in missing the game with suspected positive tests. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are available before travelling to the African Cup of Nations. Thiago Alcantara was left out of the defeat at Leicester with a minor niggle but could return.

Confirmed line-ups

Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic

Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Jota, Mane

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