Chelsea vs Liverpool early team news as Mauricio Pochettino confirms double boost ahead of Anfield visit

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Chelsea handed a double boost ahead of the trip to Anfield tomorrow night.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed both Christopher Nkunku and defender Malo Gusto will travel with the team to Anfield for their Premier League game against Liverpool tomorrow night. 

Nkunku hasn't played for Chelsea since picking up a hip injury a month ago in training but he returned to training this week and was left out the game against Aston Villa to allow him time to heal completely. 

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Defender Malo Gusto has also missed the last two games due to discomfort but ahead of the game against Jurgen Klopp's side, manager Pochettino confirmed both could be involved. He told reporters: "It's good news that Malo Gusto and Christoph can be in the squad tomorrow. We will see. Levi is out. He suffered a minor injury on his tendon. Not a big issue, but he is out tomorrow."

The Chelsea boss also refused to rule out striker Nicolas Jackson being involved after Senegal crashed out of the AFCON to host Ivory Coast last night. Jackson was a second-half substitute in the game but he did not take a penalty as the Teranga Lions exited the competition in the round of sixteen. Asked if he could return in time for the game tomorrow night, the Chelsea boss said: "Maybe, why not? Nico Jackson can be involved tomorrow if he arrives."

Chelsea go to Liverpool in good form having thumped Championship side Middlesbrough 6-2 on aggregate to reach the League Cup final and holding high-flying Aston Villa to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. 

The past four meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool have been 0-0 – no fixture in competitive English football history has finished goalless five times in a row before.

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