The Stamford Bridge Stadium on Sunday afternoon 20/9 saw a confrontation between the challenger Chelsea – the strongest spending team in the summer of 2020, with the defending champions Liverpool.
Last season, Liverpool won 15 games with a difference of one goal on the Premier League championship. They opened the new season with a similar victory over Leeds (score 4-3). In the last 14 matches, Liverpool conceded 19 goals in total. This situation is not easy to accept, especially for the fans who are familiar with the overwhelming style of teachers and students Jurgen Klopp.
With a spend of $ 32 million to recruit midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern, the Anfield team promises to create a new position. The Spain international is the second rookie behind left-back Kostas Tsimikas and is considered the perfect piece for Liverpool’s midfield. However, Thiago is probably not ready to play in this important match.
Chelsea poured more than $ 260 million to rebuild the squad this summer, aiming to close the gap with Liverpool. Klopp once said Liverpool cannot spend such money because they do not have the backing of tycoons. The statement of the Liverpool coach was later rejected by Frank Lampard. Therefore, the confrontation on the coaching chair in this match is also worth the wait.
This is a good time for Liverpool to face Chelsea, when Lampard still has to accept an unstable goalkeeper like Kepa Arrizabalaga in the wooden frame. Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech are not fully fit and Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have not fully integrated. But Werner still showed sharpness in the promotion to Brighton while Havertz has the ability to change the game at any time.
* Force information: Lampard has not confirmed whether recruits Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva are capable of playing or not. Mateo Kovacic returned from suspension but Christian Pulisic was still absent. Liverpool don’t have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but Xherdan Shaqiri and Tsimikas are ready to return.