Graham Potter recalls £40m player in three changes: Chelsea predicted XI vs Liverpool
Chelsea play Liverpool this afternoon in a fascinating Premier League fixture between two teams that have underwhelmed in the first half of the season.
Graham Potter’s side sit 10th in the league table and need to build on last weekend’s win against Crystal Palace.
As for Liverpool, they are ninth right now, only above the Blues on goal difference.
The winners of Saturday’s lunchtime clash at Anfield could rise as high as sixth in the league standings, so there’s definitely a lot riding on a game between two big rivals of the 21st century.
Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Liverpool
In our view, Potter could make three changes to the Blues side that beat Palace 1-0.
There’s been a lot of close games between these teams in recent years, which is why it would be no surprise if this weekend follows a similar pattern.
Liverpool certainly have enough match-winners in their squad to always make them dangerous at Anfield, but Chelsea do have a new trick up their sleeve with Mykhailo Mudryk. Will the new Stamford Bridge signing get his debut, though?
GK and defence
Kepa Arrizabalaga is the obvious pick to continue for Chelsea in-between the sticks.
For the back four, we’ve made just one alteration from the defence that kept a clean sheet against Palace.
It’s a centre-back combination of Thiago Silva and Benoit Badiashile again, with versatile defender Trevoh Chalobah continuing to cover at right-back.
As for left-back, the first of three changes could see Marc Cucurella replace Lewis Hall. There’s certainly nothing negative you could say about the way Hall has performed lately, but perhaps the youngster could get a rest after he’s shouldered a lot of responsibility in the past couple of weeks.
The second alteration could be a straight swap between Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see £40million star Kovacic shine in the centre of the park for Chelsea, who will need his dynamism and energy to cope at Anfield.
That would see the Croatian partner Conor Gallagher as a midfield pivot.
Finally, Mason Mount, who did start against Palace, could move across from the left to the most advanced midfielder in a central attacking role. That space could be vacated by Carney Chukwuemeka, who started his first game for the club last weekend.
Our front three consists of Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, who combined for the winner against Palace.
We’ve gone with Mudryk to make his Chelsea debut, too.
Potter has confirmed that 22-year-old Mudryk is likely to play in some capacity at Anfield. The fact the Chelsea boss throwed Joao Felix straight into the action on his debut makes us think he could do the same here.
Blues supporters would surely love to see the new left-winger running at Trent Alexander-Arnold, even if it’s just for 45 minutes or an hour.
Chalobah Silva Badiashile Cucurella
Ziyech Mount Mudryk
IN: Marc Cucurella, Mateo Kovacic, Mykhailo Mudryk
OUT: Lewis Hall, Jorginho, Carney Chukwuemeka