Chelsea news takes a look at the team Frank Lampard could pick against Liverpool
NGolo Kante in action for Chelsea (Image: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)
Chelsea welcome Premier League leaders Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams go into the game on the back of defeats in the Champions League this week.
Holders Liverpool were beaten 2-0 away at Napoli, while the Blues were shocked at home by Valencia and a Ross Barkley penalty miss denied Frank Lampard’s side a point.
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The two sides have already met this season with the Reds winning a penalty shootout in the UEFA Super Cup final last month where Adrian’s save from Tammy Abraham proved vital.
Speaking of Abraham, he has seven league goals to his name and had a warning for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool following defeat against Valencia.
“(Sunday) is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool,” Abraham said. “It’s a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We’ll look forward to putting (tonight’s defeat) right.
“It’s still early doors (in the Champions League). We’re fuming we lost today. But there’s still five games to go – we just have to win our next five.
“We’re obviously disappointed. We didn’t play our best football. Valencia came and stopped us playing the way we wanted so you have to give them credit.
“We’re going to have a lot of ups and downs in a season. We’ve got to move on and not dwell on it.”
Tommy Abraham in action (Image: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Abraham is likely to keep his place in the side and will face a big test trying to get the better of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
The main Chelsea team news centres around a few injury doubts which will determine the formation Lampard picks.
N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger and Emerson Palmieri all missed the loss against Valencia, but Premier League injuries have pencilled the Frenchman in for a return on Sunday.
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That would mean Lampard keeping faith with a three-man defence and Marcos Alonso once again operating at left-wing back.
Mason Mount is doubtful after limping off against Valencia, but if passed fit expect him to keep his place in the team.
It’s likely this game will come too soon for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James.