Jose Mourinho has only one of his previous four meetings with Jurgen Klopp ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League game against Liverpool on Saturday.
Chelsea are hopeful that Diego Costa will be fit to play despite the striker going to hospital on Tuesday night with a rib injury sustained in the Blues’ Capital One Cup loss at Stoke City.
Pedro could also be in contention for the champions after returning to training, while Nemanja Matic is definitely available after serving a one-game suspension against Stoke. Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois, however, remain sidelined.
Liverpool, meanwhile, expect to have Christian Benteke available again after he missed their midweek win over Bournemouth with a knee injury, but Daniel Sturridge is still at least another week away from a return.
Kolo Toure is another doubt with a hamstring injury sustained against Bournemouth, but James Milner is back from a ban.
Kick-off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is at 12.45pm.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six Premier League meetings with Liverpool, winning three and drawing three.
- However, Liverpool have failed to score in just one of their last 10 league clashes with the Blues.
- At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have enjoyed just one victory in their five Premier League games against Liverpool (D2 L2), although are they unbeaten in the last three (W1 D2).
- The Blues have lost two of their last four home league games after going unbeaten in the previous 21 (W15 D6).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games (W1 D4), their longest top-flight unbeaten spell since March (13 games unbeaten).
- Jose Mourinho has lost six of his last 12 Premier League matches; immediately before that run, he had lost six in 64 in the English top-flight.
- Jose Mourinho has only one of his previous four meetings with Jurgen Klopp, all in the 2012-13 Champions League (D1 L2), including the semi-final where Dortmund beat Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.
- Liverpool are without a win on their last five top-tier trips to London, losing two and drawing each of the last three.
- This season, Cesc Fabregas has provided just one assist after the first 10 Premier League games; last season at this stage the Spaniard had already racked up nine.
- Christian Benteke has netted 14 headers since the start of his first Premier League season in 2012/13, a haul no player can better (level with Olivier Giroud).