Jürgen Klopp and his team had wished to welcome Chelsea to Anfield Saturday night with qualification to the next round of the Champions League safe and sealed with an away victory against Sevilla.
However a game of two halves which saw Liverpool surrender a three goal lead, left the same questions being asked of their wobbly defence, which has plagued them all year.
On the contrary Chelsea enter the game full of confidence following two, four nil victories and have answered all their critics since their devastating Champions League loss to Roma. Liverpool will have an extra day of preparation and will need to make it show in front of the hostile Merseyside crowd.
Joel Matip is likely to return to the Liverpool squad after missing the mid-week trip to Seville however Nathaniel Clyne remains out with a long-term injury and won’t return til February. According to Liverpool manager Klopp, Adam Lallana is “getting nearer and nearer” to a place in the match day squad, but isn’t rushing him into anything yet with a long season ahead.
Neither side have any suspension woes for this one, however Chelsea’s summer centre back signing Antonio Rudiger is a card away from receiving a one-match ban.
Former Liverpool loanee Victor Moses is available and fit for the blues after six weeks out with a hamstring injury. However Chelsea boss Conte is likely to name the same side which demolished West Brom 4-0 last time round.
Chelsea haven’t lost any of their last five league visits to Anfield since a 1-4 defeat in May 2012. Winning two and drawing three.
Liverpool are unbeaten at home this season and have lost just two of their last 33 league matches at Anfield winning 20, drawing 11 and losing just the two. This will be the 55th meeting between these sides in all competitions since the turn of the century.
Chelsea reject Mohamed Salah has scored nine goals in the Premier League this season, the most by any Liverpool player in their first 12 appearances in the division. He scored just twice in 13 Premier League matches for Chelsea, and will be looking for some revenge against his old team Saturday.
Another man to watch in this one is Alvaro Morata who has had a hand in 12 goals in his first 11 Premier League games for Chelsea scoring eight goals and assisting four, more than any other Blues player in the division.
Liverpool predicted XI – Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Chelsea predicted XI – Courtios; Christensen, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata.
Predicted Score – Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea.