Two clubs expected to be in contention for title challenges and top four places meet in mid-table, as Liverpool host Chelsea.
Ranked ninth and tenth respectively, these teams weren’t expecting to be at this stage of the season, although inconsistency elsewhere means they could move much higher up the league table anyway – if they can get their act together defensively in particular.
The Blues are trying to do that by signing new players for new boss Graham Potter, with Benoit Badiashile recently sidelined after joining from Monaco and Mykhailo Mudryk a potential debutant after being brought in from Shakhtar as attacking reinforcement.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp believes Cody Gakpo will be the only signing for the Reds, despite being linked with a host of midfielders before the turn of the year.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is the game?
Liverpool will play against Chelsea on Saturday 21 January 2023 at 12.30 GMT and the match will take place at Anfield.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport app on all devices or via the BT Sport desktop website.
What’s the team news?
Both sides continue to be plagued by injuries and the visitors have it worse in this encounter. Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz are missing from the Reds offense, but Darwin Nunez could return. Roberto Firmino remains a doubtful case. Arthur, Virgil van Dijk and Kostas Tsimikas are the other absentees. Jürgen Klopp must decide whether to recall players like Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip after they were left out mid-week.
Graham Potter almost misses a full potential 11, from goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to suspended striker Joao Felix. The biggest other absentees are Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic, although the loss of options such as Ben Chilwell, Reece James or N’Golo Kante also makes a big difference. The right-back is back in training, but this match will certainly be too early to start, having suffered a setback in the previous time-out. Denis Zakaria, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Armando Broja are also on the sidelines. Mykhailo Mudryk is lining up for his debut.
LIV – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Konate, Robertson, Bajcetic, Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott, Salah, Nunez
CHE – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Silva, Badiashile, Hall, Kovacic, Jorginho, Ziyech, Mudryk, Havertz
A narrow win for the hosts, although this is hard to predict given the woeful defensive displays by both sides of late. Perhaps the midweek FA Cup win is enough reset for Klopp’s team to find the organization they need? Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea.