Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream and squad news: Premier League title blockbuster welcomes 2022
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Chelsea welcome Liverpool in a blockbuster for the Premier League title to be hosted in 2022.
Both sides have lost the pace set by leaders Manchester City and it will be a key game in the title race.
Chelsea are a point above Liverpool in second, but the Reds are one game short.
The Blues drew with Brighton the last time around while Jurgen Klopp’s men lost to Leicester, meaning both will be eager to get back on their way to victory.
These two drew 1-1 in August, with Mohamed Salah canceling Kai Havertz’s opener.
Chelsea v Liverpool: Date and how to follow
The Premier League clash will take place on Sunday January 2 at Stamford Bridge.
Kick-off is scheduled for 4.30 p.m.
Updates will be streamed live on talkSPORT throughout the evening while talkSPORT.com hosts a live blog for all the action.
The game will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with live coverage starting at 4 p.m. ET.
Sky Sports customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.
Alternatively, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass on NowTV for £ 9.99.
Chelsea v Liverpool: team news
Chelsea will be without Reece James, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Andreas Christensen.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in doubt as Timo Werner is still recovering from Covid.
Liverpool have registered three new positive cases of Covid, but manager Jurgen Klopp believes Sunday’s game at Chelsea is not yet on the verge of being called off.
The Reds boss declined to name the trio as they were still awaiting PCR test confirmations, but those affected, as well as Thiago Alcantara and Takumi Minamino will be missing at Stamford Bridge.
Andrew Robertson remains suspended.
Chelsea vs Liverpool: what has been said?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “[Against Leicester] we missed a pen, we rushed, we never had a rhythm but we weren’t convincing enough.
“I expect a reaction from football. I’m pretty positive about the mentality of my boys.
“We have to make sure we’re really on the ball again and I expect a really strong Chelsea. They have a real football team. Leicester gave us a good example that it can be intense. We will put an appropriate offset.
“The only chance to catch someone [in the title race] is to win soccer matches. It is not that easy because we play against Chelsea a real football team and we could have similar problems as ours.
“You don’t win at Stamford Bridge with an average performance.”
Chelsea-Liverpool: information on the match
- Having lost four consecutive Premier League games to Liverpool between 2019 and 2020, Chelsea are undefeated in their last two games against the Reds (W1 D1), although both games were played at Anfield.
- Liverpool have won their last two Premier League away games against Chelsea – only one visiting team has achieved three straight Stamford Bridge wins in the competition, with the Blackburn Rovers doing so between 1993-94 and 1995-96.
- The visiting team won only 12.5% of the first 32 Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool (W4 D7 L21). Since then, the visiting team has won 41% of the 27 games between the two teams (11 V, 8, 8, 8).
- Liverpool are winless in all three of their Premier League appearances in London this season (D2 L1), with the Reds conceding as many goals in those matches as they had in their 12 previous visits to the capital in the competition (8).
- Since a 4-1 victory at Manchester United in March 2009, Liverpool are winless in six games against the reigning European champions in all competitions (D3 L3). Their three draws at that time came against Chelsea.
- Chelsea have only won their first league game in the last five calendar years (D3 L2) since defeating Crystal Palace 3-0 in 2016 (1929 and 1938).
- In their first league game of a calendar year away, Liverpool have won only one of their last nine such games (D4 L4), losing 1-0 to Southampton in their first game of 2021.
- Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored three goals in his nine Premier League appearances against Chelsea, although they have all come to Anfield. Among the players who have already played for the Blues in the competition, only Kevin De Bruyne (4) has scored more goals against them than the Egyptian.
- Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has been involved in 12 Premier League goals this season (7 goals, 5 assists) – the most of any English player in the competition, and his best comeback in a single campaign of Premier League (also 12 in 2019-20).
- Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 13 goals in his last 13 Premier League games in London (8 goals, 5 assists). Meanwhile, no Liverpool player has scored more Premier League goals in the capital than the Egyptian (13, tied with Steven Gerrard).
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