Liverpool Confirmed Lineup vs Chelsea: Van Dijk starts, Keita misses out

Yolanda Curtis
September 30, 2018

Liverpool missed a number of chances to level things up and it looked like they were going to taste defeat for the first time in the Premier League this season with the ninety minutes nearly up. Kickoff from Stamford Bridge in Fulham, London is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET.

Maurizio Sarri's side are now third on the league table with 16 points and if they manage to beat the Anfield outfit then they might regain the first spot - depending on how Manchester City perform in their game as well.

Sarri, who will have the likes of match victor Eden Hazard, midfield destroyer N'Golo Kanté and ever present menace Olivier Giroud back in his starting eleven, faces a similar problem with defender Antonio Rudiger still feeling the effects of of a groin problem he picked up against the Hammers.

The Egyptian has failed to match the stunning form of his 44-goal debut season at Liverpool so far this campaign, but still has three goals in six Premier League games and looked sharper in a 3-0 cruise past Southampton last weekend.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the Croatia worldwide can be seen "running like a Formula One car", as cited by the Liverpool Echo.

"You've got players who've been in the team a couple of years and you've got young players coming through with experience of Jordan Henderson and James Milner so it's a good blend in there", he told Sky Sports.

Maurizio Sarri will likely be the more disappointed given the time on the clock when Sturridge struck, but an EFL Cup win and Premier League draw with Liverpool in the space of three days is certainly no mean feat.

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"I don't think it will have a big impact, to be honest".

Offering hope to Chelsea fans, though, he also said: "The fans and my teammates love me".

"Obviously I've played for this club and achieved stuff with them and got a lot of respect for the players, staff and everything, so I didn't want to celebrate today".

Liverpool have been handed a major boost ahead of this afternoon's clash with Chelsea as Virgil van Dijk looks set to feature for the Reds. @xKyzo10 chipped in with 'Hazard in game management is second to none, he's the best closer in football history'.

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Just one of the previous 11 meetings between these two sides had been won by more than one goal, and this latest tussle followed a similar theme as the teams cancelled each other out.

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