Liverpool vs Chelsea team news and starting XI

Tricia Pearson
February 1, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going!

The west London club have won 15 from 16 league games since Conte's switch to a back three, but for all Liverpool's January blues, the Italian believes they remain a risky foe.

Be sure to join The Roar from 7am (AEDT) for all the action as Liverpool host Chelsea an Anfield.

Saturday's trip to Hull is yet another ideal test at a tough stage of the season with the Premier League's bottom club undoubtedly set to give the Reds a hard game as they fight to survive.

David Luiz's brilliantly executive free-kick - his first goal in Chelsea colours since April 2013 - put the runaway Premier League leaders ahead after 24 minutes but Georginio Wijnaldum equalised before the hour as the atmosphere at Anfield reached fever pitch.

So I say: keep your nerves please.

Chelsea traveled to Liverpool, knowing a win would effectively kill the Merseyside club's slim chances of challenging for the English Premier League title when the two face off at Anfield on Tuesday night.

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Despite performances raising expectations a top-four spot was the aim before the start of the season and Klopp wants to refocus on that, which he still believes will be a worthy achievement, and build from there. Then David Luiz did this and Liverpool spent the rest of the first half in the same confused daze as the rest of us who witnessed Luiz's moment of brilliant inspiration. However, the winger's late arrival on Monday meant he missed training and will have just one session just hours before the game for manager Jurgen Klopp to make a decision on his involvement.

It was also a time when Chelsea's shortcomings began to show up.

Diego Costa has spearheaded the side's attack all season with the Spaniard slamming in 15 goals and providing five assists.

After Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester City on New Year's Eve, Klopp suggested it must have been "annoying" for Chelsea to still see his side in their rear-view mirror despite a run of 13 straight wins. Thankfully, the bottle didn't strike the Liverpool midfielder and both teams got on with the game.

"What (Antonio) Conte is doing with Chelsea is outstanding, but Chelsea without Costa this season?" The Gunners have been excellent against mid-table and worse sides this season, so they should do it.

Come full-time Michael only went and said it: "A draw is enough for Chelsea - that's how you win titles", and nobody would have blamed Stevie if he'd opened the studio window and dangled Michael by his ankles over the main stand.

However, post the hour mark, Conte who seemed discontent with his side's attacking contribution, managed to nearly inspire another win for the Blues with his changes.

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