Chelsea Line-up vs Liverpool: Costa, Hazard & Willian STARTS!!

Chelsea welcome Liverpool to the Stamford Bridge this Saturday in Premier League’s lunch-time kick-off.

Jose Mourinho made three changes to his starting XI for the trip to West Ham, with Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard coming in for Baba Rahman, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro.

This saw Kurt Zouma deployed at right-back, with Azpilicueta on the opposite flank. Nemanja Matic and Ramires were paired together in the double-pivot, as Cesc Fabregas shifted to an advanced attacking midfield role.

Eden Hazard and Willian occupied the wide attacking roles with Diego Costa leading the line as usual. Ahead of the weekend visit of Liverpool, Costa is Mourinho’s main injury concern after coming off against Stoke in the midweek Capital One cup tie with a rib injury.

Should the Spaniard miss out, Mourinho will turn to either Radamel Falcao or Loic Remy to lead the line. There could also be changes at the back, with Baba Rahman pushing for a recall, which could potentially relegate either John Terry or Gary Cahill to the bench, with Zouma reverting to a central defensive role.

Despite his sending off last weekend, Matic is available having served out his suspension in midweek, though the Serbian’s starting role could come under pressure from the likes of John Obi-Mikel and Loftus-Cheek.

Further forward, Oscar could come into contention in the attacking midfield positions, while Pedro could also shrug off a knock to return to the fray out wide.

Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois remain on the sidelines through injury.

Having said this, here is how I expect Mourinho to line-up his side against Jurgen Kloop’s side.

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