Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the Arsenal vs Chelsea Premier League fixture being played at Anfield, Liverpool.
[Match starts at 9:30 pm!! Stay tuned for live commentary and updates]
9:20 pm- The home team is in the building
9:05 pm- LINEUPS ARE OUT!!!
Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson (GK); Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson (C), Elliot; Mane, Salah, Firmino
Subs: Kelleher (GK), Konate, Thiago, Jota, Keita, Gomez, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas
Coach: Jurgen Klopp
Chelsea XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy (GK); Azpilicueta (C), Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount; Havertz; Lukaku
Subs: Kepa (GK), Chilwell, Chalonah, Thiago Silva, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Werner
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Liverpool and Chelsea face off in the first heavyweight clash between title contenders of the Premier League season, while Arsenal aims to get off the mark when it visits Manchester City on Saturday.
Arsenal suffered at the hands of Chelsea last weekend as Romelu Lukaku scored on his second debut in a 2-0 win for the Blues.
The Belgian, who returned to Stamford Bridge this month for a club record £97 million ($133 million), scored his 114th Premier League goal at the Emirates, but his first for Chelsea after failing to make an impression in his first spell at the club.
Now 28, Lukaku looks the complete package and the final piece needed to turn Thomas Tuchel’s European champion into Premier League winner.
Chelsea and Liverpool are two of five teams to take maximum points from two games alongside West Ham, Tottenham and Brighton.
But of the pre-season title favourites, they have already opened up a two-point advantage over Manchester United and three-point lead on Manchester City.
Lukaku faces a much tougher test at a full Anfield with Liverpool rejuvenated by the return of fans and talismanic centre-back Virgil van Dijk from injury.
The Dutchman’s presence has seen Jurgen Klopp’s men keep two clean sheets in their opening games against Norwich and Burnley.
But goalkeeper Alisson Becker acknowledged that beating Chelsea would send a far stronger signal to its title rivals that Liverpool is back to its best.
“For what we believe and for what we want to achieve, it’s a good sign because you are playing one of the favourite sides in the title race and if you can beat one of these sides it’s always good for you to give confidence,” said the Brazilian.
“We won the Premier League before and we know that we need to think always about the next challenge that we have in front of us, so this game is important.”
Where to watch?
|The Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea will telecast on Star Sports Select 1 SD/HD (English), Star Sports 3 (vernacular languages). The live streaming of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea will be available on the Hotstar app and the website and on JioTV.|