As part of the Premier League's first round of fixtures in 2022, there is a clash between title hopefuls Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, albeit one which will be significantly impacted by COVID-19 absences.
Thomas Tuchel has been left to endure a difficult winter period both on and off the pitch, with his team missing a number of key players in addition to the release of 'that' Romelu Lukaku interview. Just whether or not the Belgian will be given more game time by the German as a result is unclear, but Tuchel would much rather have Sunday's meeting with Liverpool cancelled than his compatriot in the opposing dugout.
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Chelsea will definitely be without Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell and Reece James, who are all injured, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek could return from his COVID-19 isolation period. N'Golo Kante is still struggling with a knee injury that he initially suffered against Juventus in November, so the Frenchman is a doubt for Sunday's clash.
Jurgen Klopp has actually been eager for his Liverpool team to get to play after missing a number of fixtures over the festive period due to COVID-19 enforced cancellations and he will hope his side can bounce back from a shock defeat to Leicester City and start to put pressure back on runaway league leaders Manchester City.
Liverpool have been hit with fresh COVID-19 concerns, with three new positive cases being confirmed by the club on Friday, but Klopp confirmed that the extent of the cases wasn't enough for the Reds to request a postponement. Meanwhile, Andrew Robertson is still suspended, serving the third and final match of his ban in the trip to London.
Chelsea vs Liverpool predicted line-ups
Chelsea's predicted line-up: Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku.
Liverpool's predicted line-up: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Fabinho, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
Chelsea vs Liverpool: When does it start?
This Sunday's match between Chelsea and Liverpool kicks off at 16:30 GMT, the local time in London. For those living in the USA, you can tune in at 11:30 ET / 08:30 PT, while for those living in Spain you can tune in at 17:30 CET.
Chelsea vs Liverpool: Where to watch it?
For those watching Chelsea vs Liverpool from the USA, you can watch the game live on NBC Sports, whilst for those living in the United Kingdom the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
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