Confirmed Chelsea line-up vs Liverpool: Three changes from XI vs Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea boss Pochettino will hope that he avoids the dreaded record of Glenn Hoddle when he suffered a home defeat in his first Premier League match as Chelsea boss in 1993.
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The newly appointed Blues boss is hoping to secure a first win for Chelsea in the last eight attempts against Liverpool and they will have to do it without Kepa Arrizabalaga who has been left out because he is on the verge of completing a loan move to Real Madrid. In his absence, Robert Sanchez who only joined the club last week is in post.
Experience defender Thiago Silva takes his place in central defence as well as new signing Axel Disasi and the fast-rising Levi Colwill. The club’s assistant captain Ben Chilwell is at left wing-back while captain Reece James is preferred to Malo Gusto at right wing-back.
The midfield has the energetic Conor Gallager, Enzo Fernandez and Carney Chukwuemeka with Chelsea still in discussions with Brighton for the signing of midfielder Moises Caicedo. Ironically, it is Liverpool who have a deal agreed for the midfielder even though he’s made it clear he wants to play for Chelsea.
The front two has Raheem Sterling, and the exciting Nicolas Jackson are the front two who have been tasked with the goals
Jurgen Klopp’s team lost eight Premier League away matches last season, as many as in their previous three campaigns combined so Chelsea will be on the high here hoping to take all three points and get their new season and new era to a winning start.
The only permanent Chelsea manager to suffer a home defeat in his first Premier League fixture in charge of the club was Glenn Hoddle against Blackburn in 1993.
The confirmed Chelsea team: Sanchez, James, Chilwell, Enzo, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Sterling, Jackson, Disasi, Thiago and Colwill.