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Predicted Liverpool line-up v Chelsea

Liverpool are back in action in the Premier League on Thursday in a game with real stakes.

The English champions welcome Thomas Tuchel’s resurgent Chelsea, which could have major implications on who finishes in the top-four.

Thanks to a goalless draw with Manchester United, the gap between Liverpool and the Blues is just a solitary point.

An overdue Anfield win would see the Reds leapfrog Tuchel in the league standings, while also completing an emphatic league double over Chelsea for a second consecutive season.

An unthinkable fourth consecutive home defeat would certainly be detrimental to Liverpool’s Champions League ambitions for next season.

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How will Liverpool line-up?

Hopefully, Alisson Becker will come back into the side in goal as Liverpool’s undisputed No.1.

The Brazilian missed Sunday’s victory against Sheffield United as he continues to mourn the tragic death of his father, Jose.

The full-backs will be Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, with Liverpool’s first choice in that department in no immediate threat of debate.

The big question will be over who Jurgen Klopp pairs together in central defence? He has Fabinho back at his disposal, after all, with the Brazilian back in training on Saturday.

Klopp paired Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak together against Sheffield United, but may opt for the experienced Fabinho against the in-form Chelsea.

Naby Keita is another Liverpool player hoping to make his first start in some time, too. The Guinean talisman came off the bench at Bramall Lane and will hope for a more prominent role on Thursday.

The 26-year-old scored a stunning goal in this same fixture last season, after all, during an enthralling 5-3 victory for Liverpool back in July.

We predict Keita to come in and complete an experienced midfield triumvirate alongside Thiago Alcantara and Gini Wijnaldum.

The front-three, as ever, will remain as it has in recent months, although Diogo Jota represents an exciting option to utilise from the bench.

In: Fabinho, Keita.

Out: Phillips, Jones.

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