Football Predictions

Liverpool v Chelsea preview, predictions & how everyone thinks each team will line up

By Steve Jennings

Published: 18:05, 12 April 2019

Liverpool will look to either strengthen their hold on, or return to, top spot in the Premier League when they face Chelsea on Sunday.

The Reds play immediately after Manchester City’s trip to Crystal Palace, the result of which will determine Liverpool’s motivation at Anfield.

But Chelsea have plenty to fight for themselves with the battle for a top four finish heating up.

The Londoners all but ended Liverpool’s title bid in this fixture five years ago and will be aiming to do the same thing at Anfield on Sunday.

Read on for Liverpool vs Chelsea TV channel info, stats, predicted XIs and team news.

When is Liverpool vs Chelsea?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Anfield

Date: Sunday, April 14

Kick-off: 16.30 PM BST

Where can I watch the match live?

Liverpool vs Chelsea can be viewed on Sky Sports in the UK. Viewers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky, and channels 511 and 512 respectively for Virgin Media users.

Head-to-head

Liverpool haven’t beaten Chelsea in any of the last five encounters, dating back to September 2016. Worse still, the hosts haven’t beaten Sunday’s opponents at Anfield since a 4-1 league victory in May 2012.

Chelsea have lost only two of their last their last 16 meetings with Liverpool, winning at Anfield as recently as last September in the EFL Cup.

Liverpool wins: 77 Draws: 41 Chelsea wins: 63

Match Preview

Will memories of Gerrard’s slip haunt Liverpool?

Five years ago, Steven Gerrard’s slip allowed Demba Ba to give Chelsea the lead in this exact fixture, all but ending Liverpool’s title dream.

Obviously there were other factors in Liverpool’s failure to end their long wait for domestic glory, but that moment is often brought up when the Reds’ last genuine push for the title is analysed.

Jurgen Klopp’s side must put those memories out of their minds and focus on the job at hand on Sunday – they simply can’t afford to drop points during the run-in.

Liverpool are made of sterner stuff than they were in 2013/14, but the league leaders almost slipped up against Tottenham a fortnight ago and Chelsea will pose a similar threat.

Can Hazard keep up his impressive form?

Eden Hazard has hit form at just the right time for Chelsea. He has impressed throughout the campaign, but his two-goal display against West Ham last weekend was arguably his best yet this season.

The Belgian scored a stunning individual goal against the Hammers at Stamford Bridge, showcasing his unerring dribbling ability and composure in front of goal.

Those with good memories will recall Hazard scoring a similar goal at Anfield in the EFL Cup back in September, ducking and diving his way into the Liverpool box and finishing with conviction.

If the hosts leave too many gaps, Hazard will exploit them. What’s more, Chelsea will probably have Callum Hudson-Odoi on the other wing, so Liverpool must be wary of both flanks.

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Team news

Adam Lallana has been sidelined of late with through injury and isn’t expected to play a part although he may be fit. Long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not ready to return despite featuring for the Under-23s this week. Joe Gomez could make his first start for some time after his inclusion on the bench against Porto.

Chelsea have no new injury concerns. Maurizio Sarri made a number of changes against Slavia Prague on Thursday, so many of the players who started on the bench are likely to come into the starting line-up on Sunday.

How everyone thinks Liverpool and Chelsea will line up

1. Klopp to make three changes

iNews thinks Jurgen Kloop will make three changes to the Liverpool line-up that beat Porto on Tuesday evening.

Andrew Robertson missed the Porto game through suspension, so he will undoubtedly replace James Milner at left-back, providing Liverpool with a more potent threat down the left.

The newspaper also believes Joel Matip will come back in for Dejan Lovren to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back. Porto repeatedly found room in-behind Liverpool’s back four in midweek, so that change would make sense.

In midfield, iNews predicts Georginio Wijnaldum will replace Fabinho. Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson are set to keep their places after impressing in the last two matches.

iNews’ Liverpool 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

iNews’ Chelsea 4-3-3: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard.

2. The three Hs to return up front for Chelsea

A number of Chelsea players were given a chance to impress against Slavia Prague on Thursday night, but none of them made a big enough impression.

That’s why the London Evening Standard believes Maurizio Sarri will stick with the team that beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League on Monday night.

Chelsea are expected to line up with a front three of Hazard, Higuain and Hudson Odoi; Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud didn’t do enough in the Czech Republic to earn a start.

Nor did Marcos Alonso, despite the fact he bagged the winner. The Standard thinks Emerson Palmieri will start at left-back, although he missed the last game through injury and will be assessed, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kane will return to the midfield.

The Evening Standard’s Chelsea 4-3-3: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard.

The Evening Standard’s Liverpool 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

3. Lovren starts again and a midfield reshuffle

Klopp has never quite settled on a preferred midfield three this season, and the Express thinks the German will reshuffle the pack again on Sunday.

Henderson and Fabinho are predicted to keep their places, but the in-form Keita is a surprise absentee with Wijnaldum preferred.

Keita has scored in his last two appearances after previously failing to find the net for Liverpool, but Klopp may keep the 24-year-old on his toes by leaving him out against Chelsea.

Meanwhile, the Express expects Lovren to stay in the team ahead of Matip.

The Express’ Liverpool 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Squawka prediction

The in-form Eden Hazard will surely have a say if Liverpool leave too many gaps, and Chelsea will know a point is better than nothing in their quest for the top four, so they should keep things tight at the back. The Reds will be feeling the nerves and might succumb to them. Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea.