Michael Owen reacts as Chelsea reportedly omit Romelu Lukaku from today's squad against Liverpool

Michael Owen has labelled it a good decision from Chelsea to omit Romelu Lukaku from their squad today against Liverpool.

Chelsea welcome rivals Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the Premier League and will reportedly be without in-form player Lukaku in their squad.

The Athletic claims the Blues have omitted the 28-year-old centre-forward from the match day group, which takes place in the wake of controversial comments he made.

An interview was released by Sky Italia this week in which he admitted his frustration surrounding his current role at the Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel refused to be too open in his pre-match press conference against Liverpool, but actions certainly speak louder than words now that Lukaku’s been left out for a crucial league contest. Of course, supporters will need to wait for official confirmation when the club announces the line-up later today.

Owen has weighed into the Lukaku discussion to support Chelsea’s reported decision to leave him out at home to Liverpool.

In contrast, Darren Ben suggested dropping him was the wrong move.

Chelsea vs Liverpool is definition of a must-win game

There is so much happening off the pitch in the build-up to today’s match that you can overlook what a vital fixture it actually is.

Chelsea are 11 points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game less, so it feels like they must win to even stand a fighting chance in the title race.

Meanwhile, third-placed Liverpool are 12 point behind Man City having played two games less than them. For Jurgen Klopp’s men, they’ll also feel they need to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points.

There has been a modern rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool in the past couple of decades, so it won’t be a surprise to see today boil over when there is so much riding on it for both.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.