Liverpool team news vs Chelsea – Rickie Lambert starts; Jerome Sinclair makes the bench

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The teams for this afternoon’s game against Chelsea are in. The big news for Liverpool is that Rickie Lambert retains his place in the starting XI, while Jerome Sinclair is included among the substitutes.

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It looks like 3-4-3 for Liverpool today, if you take into account the order in which the players have been listed on our official Twitter page.

That means Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren playing in a back three, with Adam Lallana and Glen Johnson flanking Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson in midfield. Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling play behind Rickie Lambert in attack.

There’s no room for Mario Balotelli among the substitutes, despite reports that he’d recovered from the foot injury that caused him to limp off against Hull City last month.

Danny Ward, Kolo Toure, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Jordon Ibe and Joe Allen join Sinclair on the bench.

Chelsea have included Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kurt Zouma but it’s otherwise a full strength team.

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