Premier League: Liverpool v Chelsea Team News
Carlos Ancelotti’s ruthless Chelsea team arrive on Merseyside in an attempt to pull the plug on Liverpool’s mini-revival of three straight victories.
Chelsea have dropped just five points from the opening 10 games and look in no mood to give any quarter after the 4-1 midweek thrashing handed out to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool needed Steven Gerrard to come off the bench and rescue the Europa League game with Napoli at Anfield on Thursday.
The game was looking lost with Napoli leading 1-0 at half-time, but Roy Hodgson asked captain marvel for inspiration and he obliged with a hat-trick to lead his team to a 3-1 win.
But Ancelotti’s side won’t be phased by the presence of Gerrard after many famous battles in the Premier League and latter stages of the Champions League.
Chelsea have won on their last two visits to Anfield by a two goal margin and Hodgson will require a gargantuan effort from his struggling side to cope with power of the league leaders on Sunday.
Liverpool could well be in for a similar fate and online bookmaker Unibet is offering odds of 19/2 for 2-0 win for Chelsea.
Didier Drogba scored in both previous Anfield encounters and Paddy Power bet 9/2 for him to open the scoring on Sunday having got back in the goals against Spartak with his penalty.
Hodgson can recall Fernando Torres who sat out the midweek game; the Spanish striker has been firing blanks this season and needs a big performance to get back on track.
Dirk Kuyt is recovering from an ankle injury and Hodgson may be tempted to risk the industrious Dutch forward as Joe Cole is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Full-back Glen Johnson has returned to fitness and his inclusion would allow Jamie Carragher to move back to his favoured central position.
Frank Lampard returns to the Chelsea squad after missing twelve games with a groin injury but may have to wait a while longer before getting a start.
John Terry was asked to sit on bench for the duration of the midweek game against Spartak but is expected to start on Sunday.
Top scorer Florent Malouda has recovered from his ankle problem leaving Michael Essien the only doubt with a toe injury.
Yossi Benayoun has previously been ruled out until April with an Achilles injury.
Possible starting lineups:
LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky, Meireles, Lucas, Poulsen, Maxi, Gerrard, Torres.
CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Essien, Malouda, Anelka, Drogba.