Liverpool vs Chelsea: Christian Pulisic and three things to watch for as Reds travel to London
Sept. 20, 2019
Liverpool head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon and these are three things you should watch for as the game unfolds.
The Reds head to London as they remain unbeaten in the Premier League but will be smarting off the back of a loss in the Champions League to Napoli.
However, those five wins from five – including a fairly routine dusting of Arsenal – will give the lads confidence as they head towards Stamford Bridge.
But, Chelsea are still a good team and despite their early teething problems they can still pose a number of problems for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp will be keen to avoid the defensive lapses that cost the Reds any points in Naples on Tuesday night.
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You can be sure that the side will be hurting and hungry for revenge. After all, these are the German’s mentality monsters and that means they’ll come out all guns firing.
So scroll down and click through the slides to read about the things we think you should watch for during the game on Sunday. Don’t forget to leave a comment and start the discussion.
Christian Pulisic’s league debut
Liverpool tracked former Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic for a long time and its doesn’t seem like he’s still only 21-years-old.
The American played against Klopp in the Super Cup but this will be the first time he lines up against the Reds.
Pulisic was an unused substitute for his last two games for Chelsea but injuries are mounting up for Frank Lampard’s side and it’s difficult to image a scenario where he doesn’t get a few minutes.
Liverpool were urged not to sign to Yank and you suspect the deal proved to be too expensive for Klopp, who knows all about the starlet from his time working with Borussia Dortmund.
It’s been a tough start to the season for Pulisic, who saw his game time limited by the emergence of Jadon Sancho. Expect to see him in action on Sunday, and keep a keen eye on what could have been for the Reds.
Their youngsters vs our youngsters
You wouldn’t normally associate Chelsea with a club who are happy to promote from within their own ranks. John Terry was the last real player to make a breakthrough, but helped by a transfer ban things are changing.
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have all made their first team debut’s under Lampard and are doing well.
By contrast, Liverpool have Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez in and around the senior squad and they’ll be tasked with making sure Abraham doesn’t continue his incredible hot streak.
This game could be an exciting one for English football as a number of highly rated starlets could be given the chance to shine on a big stage. Klopp and Lampard want to promote youth, they have faith in youth, and are playing good football using youth.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Will Mo, Sadio and Bobby play?
This is the question on everyone’s minds: who will Klopp field in an XI that may include some rotation after games on Saturday and Tuesday.
Yes there has been some more rest in between the European clash and the Premier League one, but these are men not machines and there will be some chopping and changing required if the gaffer wants a full and fit squad.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have all played a lot of football already and Firmino came off the back of two performances for Brazil in the international break. The good news is that Senegal and Egypt had no games, which meant a rest for Mane and Salah.
But with Divock Origi out for between one and two weeks, would Xherdan Shaqiri or Rhian Brewster be able to come into the side and give one of the front three a change?
With the League Cup game against MK Dons coming up, you wouldn’t wage money on wholesale changes being made for Chelsea as Klopp will probably use that to give those who need it more minutes.
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