So, it’s Liverpool again. Different day, different place, different time ... different players? Rotation is expected, just as it was for Wednesday when both managers made eight changes to their starting lineups before introducing some big names off the bench. Time to flip it and reverse it, like Missy Elliot used to say.
The biggest concern for Chelsea, especially given the usual fixture congestion, is the growing injury list and the concerns over key players’ fitness. Neither Antonio Rüdiger nor Pedro were able to train fully yesterday, and there’s very little time left for them to finish recovering from groin and shoulder injuries, respectively. Andreas Christensen may or may not be available either — he was battling an illness on Wednesday but also appeared to hurt himself in the second half while stretching for an interception and did not finish the game. On the plus side, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in training.
Chelsea won the dress rehearsal. Now it’s the time for the main event.