Liverpool face Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday in a clash that could be decisive in the Premier League title race.

The media buildup to the game has been centred around the fateful 2-0 defeat to the Blues in 2014. Steven Gerrard’s slip and the ensuing title bid failure could be forgotten about with a win.

But in order for Liverpool to beat a resurgent Chelsea outfit, Jurgen Klopp needs to get his starting lineup absolutely perfect.

At the back, there is no doubt that Alisson Becker needs to start. With 17 clean sheets, the Brazilian has been the stingiest shot-stopper in the Premier League this season, one ahead of Ederson.

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In front of the £67million man, it’s difficult to see how Klopp can make any positive changes to the side that played Porto aside from reintroducing Andy Robertson and Joel Matip who were suspended and rested respectively.

A back five of Alisson, Robertson, van Dijk, Matip and Trent is blessed with pace, defensive excellence, creativity and a high footballing IQ.


In front of them, Klopp needs to keep faith with the trio that beat Porto in midweek. Fabinho, Henderson and Keita will give Chelsea a lot of problems and keep Eden Hazard’s influence in check.

Henderson and Keita need to play in front of Fabinho when in possession as they proved against their Champions League opponents that they are able to create goalscoring chances aplenty.

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Up front, Klopp is only ever going to select Mane, Firmino and Salah.

There might have been questions over the latter two as they’ve both struggled for form in recent months but they appear to be shifting into a higher gear as the season reaches its most important phase.

A win on Sunday will send out a message to the Premier League. It will show that the Reds won’t stop fighting until the very end.

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