Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in what will be the highlight fixture of week one of the Premier League.
There has been a lot of change to the Chelsea squad this summer and Pochettino has a lot of hard work to do if he is to get the Londoners back into the Champions League. The Blues went unbeaten in pre-season following a summer of change that has seen many familiar names move on to pastures new and they will hope to begin the Pochettino’s era with a win.
Liverpool enjoyed an action-packed pre-season with plenty of goals being scored and a few long-serving names leaving the club. Klopp will be hoping to see his side mount a challenge to Man City and Arsenal for the Premier League title this season but after missing out on the Champions League places this season, making sure they finish in the top five will be key as that will be enough to ensure a return to Europe’s elite club competition.
In the 73 games that both teams have played in, Chelsea has an upper hand having recorded 27 wins to Liverpool’s 23. Another 23 games between the sides have ended in draws.
New signing Nkunku won’t be available for the start of the season after having an operation on his knee, while there are also doubts over Badiashile, Broja, Chukwunonso, W. Fofana and Bettinelli.
For Liverpool, Thiago and Bajcetic remain doubtful for the game but Klopp has plenty of players to choose from ahead of the clash.
Chelsea XI: Kepa (GK), Silva, Chilwell, James, Colwill, Gallagher, Fernández, Chukwuemeka, Sterling, Mudryk, Jackson
Liverpool XI: Alisson (GK), van Dijk, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Salah, Jota, Gakpo, Díaz
Both teams look ready for the new season despite Chelsea seeming to be wanting more time to allow the new faces in the team gel with the philosophy of the new manager. Liverpool looks ready but has been vulnerable at the back too.
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