Chelsea vs Liverpool predicted lineups – can Caicedo-wars add extra edge?

Both Chelsea and Liverpool had a season they would want to forget last term. Both giants struggled for consistency in 2022/23 and they both will be very eager to begin the new season with a win. To add an extra edge to this clash in the days before it Chelsea and Liverpool decided to bid against each other for Moises Caicedo, both teams are trying to hijack this transfer. Here are the latest news from the two camps and our Chelsea vs Liverpool predicted lineups.

Chelsea vs Liverpool lineups
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The game is scheduled for Sunday, August 13th and will be played at Stamford Bridge in London. The kick-off time is 16:30 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Chelsea vs Liverpool predicted lineups.

Chelsea vs Liverpool Predicted Lineups and News

Before we go into more details regarding the Chelsea vs Liverpool possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength. And if you can’t make it to the stadium don’t worry, you can always enjoy all the action on TV.

Team news: Chelsea

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After a dreadful previous campaign and 2 sacked managers Chelsea seem to have pressed the reset button this summer. In only their second year as owner, the American Todd Boehly decided to open the treasury this summer and go all-out. He trusted the experienced Mauricio Pochettino to take charge and also willing spend tons of money on new players. Chelsea are still not done shopping it seems.

The biggest summer signing so far was Leipzig’s forward Christopher Nkunku, but unfortunately for the Frenchman, he won’t be playing for several months due to a freak injury.

The other important player set to miss the curtain opener is defender Fofana, also injured. Chelsea are stuffed with talent even without those two. Recently signed from Villarreal striker Jackson is likely to start as the spearhead up front. Sterling and Mudryk could start too, both have points to prove after not doing very well last spring.

Chelsea Predicted Lineups (4-2-3-1):

Arrizabalaga – James, Silva, Colwill, Chilwell – Fernandez, Gallagher – Sterling, Chukwuemeka, Mudryk – Jackson

Team news: Liverpool

After 3 very strong campaigns and a historic first Premier League title, Liverpool had much poorer last season. Only a late revival, went unbeaten in the last 11 rounds (W7 D4) saved some dignity.

Coach Klopp is under pressure and he also had to rebuild the heart of his midfield in the summer months. Both Fabinho and Henderson were among the 7 midfielders that have left Anfield in recent months. On top of that, Thiago continues to be permanently injured and he is absent again. All this should see newcomers Mac Allister and Szoboszlai given their full debuts straight away.

Mo Salah has a date with history in this match. The Egyptian has scored in the first game of the season in all of the last 6 seasons, 8 goals altogether. No other player has ever scored in 7 consecutive curtain-openers or has scored more than 8 goals in opening matches. Can Mo do it?

Liverpool Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):

Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson – Jones, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai – Salah, Nunez, Diaz

Will Christopher Nkunku play for Chelsea?

Unfortunately, for the Blues and Nkunku himself a knee injury sustained during pre-season means that the forward will be absent at least until October.

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