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Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool: Goals and highlights – Premier League 21/22

Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in one of the standout fixtures in the Premier League calendar, but Jurgen Klopp‘s absence due to COVID-19 and Thomas Tuchel‘s decision to drop Romelu Lukaku from the squad have generated a lot of headlines, particularly in the case of the latter. Nevertheless, this is a meeting of second versus third in the table, as both Chelsea and Liverpool look to close the gap to leaders Manchester City. Stay with us for build-up to Chelsea vs Liverpool and then updates from the match itself.

Chelsea vs Liverpool – FULL TIME: 2-2

This is the start of our Chelsea vs Liverpool live blog, with updates from this top-four Premier League fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.

FULL TIME

A cracking game comes to an end at Stamford Bridge, but it’s a point that does little for either side’s title aspirations, with Manchester City the big winners from this encounter.

Minute 80: Mount tries his luck

A freekick from Mount hits the wall and the Englishman tries his luck on the rebound, which is saved well by Kelleher.

Minute 60: Kelleher denies Pulisic

Alonso’s cross is met by Pulisic on the half-volley but Kelleher is there to deny the American.

Minute 57: Salah almost lobs Mendy!

A quick Liverpool counter-attack almost catches Chelsea out. Salah attempts to lob Mendy from all of 40 yards but Mendy retreats to tip it over the bar.

Minute 50: Alonso blazes over

Liverpool’s high line is giving Chelsea plenty of joy. Alonso finds space down the left, cuts inside in the penalty area and has a go with his weaker right foot, but it goes high and wide.

HALF-TIME

An enthralling first 45 minutes comes to an end, as Chelsea rally back from two goals down to end the half all square.

Minute 45+2: Mount goes close

Havertz is played through down the right flank and his scuffed effort falls to Mount who tries an instinctive strike which goes just wide of the post.

Minute 45+1: Pulisic levels!

Kante feeds Pulisic who dispatches a fine left-footed half-volley to bring Chelsea level just before the break. What a game at Stamford Bridge.

Minute 41: Kovacic scores a screamer!

Chelsea are back in the game thanks to a screamer from Kovacic. Alonso fires in a freekick which Kelleher punches to the edge of the box, and the Croatian hits it first time on the volley, and it goes in off the post.

Minute 26: Salah scores!

Alexander-Arnold lofts a ball over the top for Salah who takes on Alonso before dinking it over Mendy. A big lead now for the visitors.

Minute 9: Mane puts Liverpool ahead

A mistake down the other end, from Chalobah, and this time Mane makes no mistake. He successfully rounds Mendy before slotting the ball home.

Minute 7: Pulisic wastes a big chance

Mount blocks an Alexander-Arnold clearance which falls kindly into the path of Pulisic with just Kelleher to beat, but the American tries to round the goalkeeper who makes an important interception. A let off for the Reds.

Minute 1: Mane sees yellow

Within just seconds of the game starting, Sadio Mane sees a yellow card for an elbow on Azpilicueta.

KICK OFF

We’re underway at Stamford Bridge.

15:30 GMT: Chelsea’s confirmed starting XI

There’s no Lukaku in the squad for Chelsea after his controversial comments were made public, while Reece James is injured.

Chelsea’s starting XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic.

15:30 GMT: Liverpool’s confirmed starting XI

Kelleher is in for Alisson who has tested positive for COVID-19, while Trent Alexander-Arnold makes his 200th appearance for the club. Salah plays his last game before the African Cup of Nations.

Liverpool’s starting XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konate, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Salah, Jota, Mane.

14:30 GMT: Safe standing at the Bridge

For the first time since 1994, there is a permitted safe standing area that will be in force at Stamford Bridge today.

14:00 GMT: Hasselbaink criticises Lukaku

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink has criticised Romelu Lukaku for the interview he gave with Sky Italia in which he revealed that he would like to return to Inter.

13:30 GMT: Chelsea vs Liverpool preview

As part of the Premier League‘s first round of fixtures in 2022, there is a clash between title hopefuls Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, albeit one which will be significantly impacted by COVID-19 absences.

Thomas Tuchel has been left to endure a difficult winter period both on and off the pitch, with his team missing a number of key players in addition to the release of ‘that’ Romelu Lukaku interview. Just whether or not the Belgian will be given more game time by the German as a result is unclear, but Tuchel would much rather have Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool cancelled than his compatriot in the opposing dugout.

Chelsea will definitely be without Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell and Reece James, who are all injured, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek could return from his COVID-19 isolation period. N’Golo Kante is still struggling with a knee injury that he initially suffered against Juventus in November, so the Frenchman is a doubt for Sunday’s clash.

Jurgen Klopp has actually been eager for his Liverpool team to get to play after missing a number of fixtures over the festive period due to COVID-19 enforced cancellations and he will hope his side can bounce back from a shock defeat to Leicester City and start to put pressure back on runaway league leaders Manchester City.

Liverpool have been hit with fresh COVID-19 concerns, with three new positive cases being confirmed by the club on Friday, but Klopp confirmed that the extent of the cases wasn’t enough for the Reds to request a postponement. Meanwhile, Andrew Robertson is still suspended, serving the third and final match of his ban in the trip to London.

Chelsea vs Liverpool predicted line-ups

Chelsea’s predicted line-up: Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku.

Liverpool’s predicted line-up: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Fabinho, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: When does it start?

This Sunday’s match between Chelsea and Liverpool kicks off at 16:30 GMT, the local time in London. For those living in the USA, you can tune in at 11:30 ET / 08:30 PT, while for those living in Spain you can tune in at 17:30 CET.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Where to watch it?

For those watching Chelsea vs Liverpool from the USA, you can watch the game live on NBC Sports, whilst for those living in the United Kingdom the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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