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Monday, January 30

LIVERPOOL VS CHELSEA - team news, head2head, managers comment and lots more

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TEAM NEWS

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will make a late decision on whether to play Sadio Mane after he was delayed on his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Adam Lallana has recovered from a minor injury but Nathaniel Clyne is doubtful with a rib problem.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has no injury concerns ahead of Tuesday's trip to Anfield.
Asmir Begovic and Branislav Ivanovic have both been linked with moves and may be late omissions from the squad.

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MORE COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Steve Bower: "Sometimes the importance of a match is overhyped, but for Liverpool you can't play anything down for this one.
"As they finish a January to forget, they face a 'now or never' moment, even with much of the season remaining.
"They need a landmark performance, and more importantly result, to try and stay on the heels of Chelsea. This could be the fixture for them to re-start their engine.
"That said, Chelsea seem to be purring along.
"I watched them at Leicester, without Diego Costa, and thought their performance had a hallmark of champions.
"However, they will be aware they will face a different and sterner test at Anfield, where they haven't won since 2014.
"If they inflict more misery on Liverpool, you feel the title will be theirs to lose."

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "Losing three home games [in a row] feels less than average. But losing in three competitions is better than losing three in just one.
"I really think we should try everything to make the best of the base we made. Stay positive. It's possible we could qualify for the Champions League."
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: "Liverpool's recent results are difficult to explain and I feel they have been unlucky.
"We have grown since our first meeting with Liverpool and we have improved a lot in terms of our identity and confidence.
"When you face teams of the same level it's important to win for confidence, but the difficulty is high."

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in the last four league meetings (W2, D2).
  • However, they have failed to win any of the last four home league games against Chelsea (D2, L2).
  • The Reds are looking to complete a league double after winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in September.
Liverpool
  • Liverpool have only won one of their last eight matches (D3, L4) in all competitions, losing their last three in a row.
  • They have lost three consecutive competitive games at Anfield for the first time since October 2012, having previously been undefeated at Anfield this season (W9, D3).
  • However, if Liverpool beat Chelsea, their points tally of 48 will equal the club record after 23 matches of a Premier League season (from 2008-09).
  • Jurgen Klopp has lost just one of his 14 Premier League meetings against the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal (W6, D7).
  • The Reds haven't won any of their league matches without Sadio Mane (D1, L2), scoring only three goals in those three fixtures.
Chelsea
  • Chelsea have won 15 of their last 16 league games, with their only defeat coming away to Tottenham.
  • The Blues have kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League this season - no team in Europe's top five leagues has kept more.
  • Antonio Conte's side are the lowest scorers away from home among the Premier League's top five this season with 17 goals.
  • Diego Costa has scored in 15 of his last 21 Premier League matches (16 goals in total).
BBC's verdict
Most probable score: 1-1Probability of draw: 25%
Probability of home win: 38%          Probability of away win: 37%

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