Liverpool v Chelsea team news & stats

Date published: Tuesday 10th May 2016 4:39

Daniel Sturridge: Set to start

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to restore Daniel Sturridge to his starting line-up and several of his other big guns against Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday.

Team news

Klopp is likely to restore most of his first-choice players for the visit of Chelsea after resting eight at the weekend.

Three of the back four will return in Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure – Alberto Moreno played in the win over Watford – with Emre Can and James Milner set to start in midfield.

Striker Daniel Sturridge is likely to get a run out up front after being an unused substitute at the weekend while Adam Lallana, who was not even in the squad on Sunday, is also likely to be recalled while Brad Smith is back in the squad after suspension.

John Terry may have played his 703rd and final game for Chelsea as he begins a two-match suspension.

Thibaut Courtois returned from a ban in goal in the 3-2 loss at Sunderland, when Terry was sent off for the second time this season to incur the season-ending suspension.

Striker Loic Remy (groin) and defender Kurt Zouma (knee) are out.

Opta stats

  • Victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season ended a run of six Premier League games without a win against the Blues for the Reds (D3 L3).
  • Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games against Chelsea and conceded two goals in each of the last three meetings at Anfield.
  • Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games against Liverpool.
  • The first goal of the game has been scored in the opening 10 minutes in four of the last five Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Chelsea.
  • The Blues have scored in each of their last nine Premier League clashes with Liverpool; only against Southampton (12) are they enjoying a longer current scoring run (only incl. current PL sides).
  • If Liverpool win it will be the 27th home win in this fixture in the Premier League (currently 13 each) – no Premier League fixture has had more (Liverpool v Newcastle also 27).
  • Chelsea have conceded 50+ goals in a Premier League season (51) for the first time since 1996/97 when they conceded a joint-club-record 55 in the competition (also in 1994/95).
  • Liverpool have scored in each of their last 12 Premier League games, their best scoring run in the top-flight since April 2014 (25).
  • The Reds have thrown away a joint-league-high 14 points from leading positions at home in the Premier League this season (level with Chelsea).
  • Diego Costa has been involved in 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League games for Chelsea (nine goals, five assists).

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