Chelsea XI vs Liverpool: early squad news confirmed, roster predicted, latest Premier League game injuries

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is boosted by Mateo Kovacic’s return for today’s big game with Liverpool .

The midfielder missed the season opener at Brighton with a suspension after being sent off against Arsenal in the FA Cup final last month.

The Croatian is expected to enter midfield to start alongside N’Golo Kante, with Jorginho perhaps being the man to give up.

In defense, Lampard could look to bring in Antonio Rudiger for Andreas Christensen, as the German’s pace could come in handy against Liverpool’s quick front line.

On offense, Lampard has decisions to make around who leads the line.

Werner did well against Brighton but Olivier Giroud is pushing to start and could be an option as his physicality can match that of Virgil van Dijk.

Starting the Frenchman would likely mean Timo Werner deployed to the left and Kai Havertz would have the chance to star in his favorite No.10 role.

Mason Mount could then complete the attack by playing correctly while Christian Pulisic is injured.

Chelsea predicted that XI will face Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz, Werner; Giroud

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