With the halfway mark of the season reached, concerns have been raised around how capable either Liverpool and Chelsea are of catching league leaders Manchester City in the English top-flight.
One of the pair may provide a more assertive answer to that question today in their Premier League encounter, with neither wishing to open up a bigger gap between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s men.
As things stand, the Reds find themselves nine points adrift of the top spot and in need of a win to bring the deficit back down to a surmountable level.
With COVID having once again impacted our squad, a few changes have been made to the starting-XI previously thrown out against Leicester City, with an affected Alisson Becker swapped out for Cork-born shotstopper, Caoimhin Kelleher.
In midfield, skipper Jordan Henderson has been partnered with Fabinho and James Milner, the latter coming in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Up top, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota retain their spots in the front-three with COVID meaning that Bobby Firmino once again takes to the sidelines.
You can catch the full team news below, courtesy of @LFC:
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