Frank Lampard has opted to keep most of the team from the FA Cup win with Kepa Arrizabalaga coming in for Willy Caballero the only change for Liverpool game.
As expected Chelsea are sticking with the same shape since the three centre-backs; Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta worked quite well in their 3-1 win over Manchester United.
The formation also suits Reece James and especially Marcos Alonso who enjoy making forward runs.
In midfield, since N’Golo Kante has not recovered from a hamstring injury, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho who impressed in the last game keep their places.
While, Mason Mount, Olivier Giroud and Willian will fill the front three spots.
Mount has also become the first Chelsea academy product to make his first-team debut and complete 50 appearances in the same season.
However, contrary to the previous speculations about being rested, Christian Pulisic will have to start this game on the bench.
Although, Lampard previously said the American picked up a knock before Man United game.
Some Chelsea fans on Twitter have had their say on Lampard’s decision to bench Pulisic.
Pulisic benched again? This is a huge game for us 😤
— . (@cfcmatto) July 22, 2020
Okay but why is Pulisic on the bench ? https://t.co/GFzIsSBFbU
— 🦋 (@Letty_Sefolosha) July 22, 2020
Pulisic rested in a must win game 😡
Mount stays at the wings
Alonso retains his spot, 3 ATB
J5-Kova pivot again
— Rush (@Arrizaballer) July 22, 2020
i understand mount’s role in the squad, but is his pressing/energy so unmatchable by pulisic that it’s worth leaving out pulisic’s direct play, dribbling ability and the crucial final pass? i’m not so sure but of course i trust the gaffer, up the chels! https://t.co/iH7xuVMM8R
— User (@UserChels) July 22, 2020
For people saying ‘no pulisic’ he does not suit this system you need to have the 2 players who support the striker press a lot and that isn’t pulisic’s game mason mount is the better player for that
— g (@gregor_collie) July 22, 2020
not replacing a shattered willian with a fresh pulisic is definitely a decision that one can make https://t.co/1xVdUjXeiV
— defund the police (@not_carlisle) July 22, 2020