Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 — 7.45pm (BST)
League Cup Third Round
Referee: Kevin Friend
It couldn’t have been a more perfect start to the season for the Reds, who have won all seven of their matches to date.
The west Londoners have only drawn once in 2018/19, winning the rest, and their style is more aesthetically pleasing than under Antonio Conte.
It would be wrong to say that this game has little riding on it, but it will also clearly play second fiddle to Saturday’s league clash at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool’s nearly seven-year wait for silverware must end soon, though, so the League Cup remains a competition that has to be considered important.
There are to be sure changes galore from both Klopp and Sarri, making it an extremely tough game to predict—progression to the fourth round would keep up the Reds’ momentum nicely.
Last meeting: Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
As mentioned, Klopp is almost certain to rotate his squad, considering the relentless run of fixtures that have taken place of late, and continue to do so.
The German is highly unlikely to make 11 changes from the weekend win over Saints, but somewhere in the region of six or seven should be expected.
Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro are out for Chelsea, with youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi considered as part of a rotated side.
Star man Eden Hazard is set to be in the squad, but is another of those in the ‘likely to be rested’ category, which acts as a boost to Liverpool, given the Belgian’s scintillating form.
Last 5 at Home to Chelsea
Drew 1-1 – November 2017 (Salah; Willian)
Drew 1-1 – January 2017 (Wijnaldum; Luiz)
Drew 1-1 – May 2016 (Benteke; Hazard)
Drew 1-1 – January 2015 (Sterling; Hazard pen)
Lost 2-1 – November 2014 (Can; Cahill, Costa)
Did You Know?
Liverpool haven’t won a home game against Chelsea since May 2012, when Kenny Dalglish steered his side to a 4-1 victory.
Even that was against an under-cooked Blues outfit, however, just three days after they had beaten the Reds in the FA Cup final.
That’s seven matches without a triumph, including four 1-1 draws in succession most recently.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Chelsea – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking in Tuesday’s press conference, Klopp lauded the impact Sarri is already having at Stamford Bridge:
“What a manager he is!
“I’m a supporter of him since I saw them playing in Naples, outstanding football. You see immediately the impact.
“He had a very interrupted pre-season and starting the season he’s had an immediate impact and very good to watch. He’s done a very good job.
“You cannot forget Chelsea in the title race—they know how it works and that’s a really good, really strong football team.”
TV & Live Blog Info
The match is live on Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage getting underway at 7pm (BST). Kickoff is at 7.45pm.
Ben Twelves is in charge of our matchday live blog, providing minute-by-minute updates during the game.