Chelsea XI vs Liverpool: confirmed early team news, expected line-up and latest injuries from the Premier League match

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is backed by Matteo Kovacic’s return to today’s big match with Liverpool .

The midfielder missed the season-opening match in Brighton due to a ban after being sent off against Arsenal in last month’s FA Cup Final.

The Croatian will likely enter midfield to start alongside N’Golo Kante, with Jorginho likely withdrawing.

In defense, Lampard may be looking to bring in Antonio Rudiger in place of Andreas Christensen as the Germans’ pace can be easy against Liverpool’s fast attacking streak.

In attack, Lampard has to make decisions about who leads the streak.

Werner did well against Brighton, but Olivier Giroud is pressing to start and he could be an option because his physique can match that of Virgil van Dyck.

The French startup would likely mean posting Timo Werner to the left and giving Kai Havertz the opportunity to play his favorite role of # 10.

Mason Mount could then complete the attack by playing directly as Christian Pulisic was injured.

Chelsea expected Chelsea to face Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Keba. James, Rudiger, Zuma, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Mount Havertz, Werner; Jerrod

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