Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in one of the standout fixtures in the Premier League calendar, but Jurgen Klopp's absence due to COVID-19 and Thomas Tuchel's decision to drop Romelu Lukaku from the squad have generated a lot of headlines, particularly in the case of the latter. Nevertheless, this is a meeting of second versus third in the table, as both Chelsea and Liverpool look to close the gap to leaders Manchester City. Stay with us for build-up to Chelsea vs Liverpool and then updates from the match itself.
Chelsea vs Liverpool - LIVE SCORE: 0-0
This is the start of our Chelsea vs Liverpool live blog, with updates from this top-four Premier League fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
14:30 GMT: Safe standing at the Bridge
For the first time since 1994, there is a permitted safe standing area that will be in force at Stamford Bridge today.
14:00 GMT: Hasselbaink criticises Lukaku
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink has criticised Romelu Lukaku for the interview he gave with Sky Italia in which he revealed that he would like to return to Inter.
🗣 "It's four matches, to spit your dummy out after four matches and you want to go away and back to Inter."@jf9hasselbaink calls Romelu Lukaku disrespectful for his interview about Chelsea pic.twitter.com/nAp2zyhMVh— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 2, 2022
13:30 GMT: Chelsea vs Liverpool preview
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.
Hear more from the boss ahead of #CheLiv. ⤵️— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 31, 2021
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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