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These two sides met only last month in the UEFA Super Cup, playing out a 2-2 draw (1-1 after 90 minutes) before Jurgen Klopp’s Reds came out on penalties.
Penalties have been a bugbear for the Blues this season, with Ross Barkley’s penalty potentially costing them all three points against Valencia in their midweek Champions League match.
That was the latest setback for Frank Lampard’s young team, but there have been green shoots and positive signs, especially with the young academy graduates who have scored all of Chelsea’s league goals so far this season. Tammy Abraham has seven in his last three games in the Premier League.
But there are doubts about the defence, which could be still not be full strength with Antonio Rudiger likely to be sidelined after suffering a relapse on his return last week. The good news is that N’Golo Kante is back in training and could return, with his industry and tenacity in midfield vitally important in protecting a defence. With him largely missing, Chelsea are still awaiting a first clean sheet and only Norwich have conceded more goals in the Premier League.
Liverpool are also looking to bounce back from a setback in the Champions League, losing 1-0 away to Napoli in what’s now a very rare off night for them, with firing a blank in front of goal extremely rare.
They’ve got a five point cushion at the top of the league after winning all five games, which is the biggest-ever gap at such an early stage. Last week’s comeback win over Newcastle extended their winning run to 14 games in total, all of which have seen them score two or more goals.
It will be the usual front three, with them each looking in resplendent form at the moment, Tuesday night aside. Roberto Firmino came off the bench to provide two assists, Salah scored one and Mane scored twice against the Magpies last week.
We recommend going for an away win. Liverpool just never look like dropping points, and they’ll be licking their lips at how many goals Chelsea have already let in this season. But they’ve only kept one clean sheet in all competitions, so could well concede themselves
Liverpool to win and both teams to score - 9/4 – with Bet365
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