Chelsea will travel to Merseyside to face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening in the Premier League.
It will be somewhat of a dress rehearsal for the EFL Cup final at Wembley in late February – although the stakes are almost just as high in every Premier League match.
Both sides look a lot different despite the 2021/22 final not being that long ago, but the London club will not still have many players that started that day.
Indeed, Chelsea will also have different manager in the dugout with Maurico Pochettino now in charge.
Although the Blues have been inconsistent and poor in spells this term, they have shown they can show up in the big games.
The Argentinian manager has had middling results in the Premier League but has now done well to get Chelsea into a cup final.
Chelsea have shown that they can show up for the big games.
Besides the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the opening game of the season, the Blues have beat Spurs 4-1, held Manchester City to an entertaining 4-4 stalemate, and drew 2-2 with Gunners.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the injuries and players that Chelsea may not have for Wednesday night’s clash.
A reported Liverpool target in the summer, Levi Colwill was taken out of the starting line-up during the warm-up of Liverpool’s FA Cup clash with Aston Villa this past Friday.
However, the injury is believed to not be major, with Pochettino saying after the game (via The Standard):
“We don’t believe it is so bad. It is a small issue and he felt uncomfortable. I hope he can train tomorrow or after tomorrow.”
Therefore, the left-footed centre back should be in contention to feature at Anfield come Wednesday evening.
Arriving as a summer signing, the Frenchman has seen his time at Stamford Bridge disrupted by injuries so far.
Nkunku suffered a knee injury in pre-season that kept him out of the team for many months.
He made a return as the season wore on but was set-back with a separate hip injury and has been out of action since the start of last month.
Although he is back in training, the 26-year-old was not fit in time for the FA Cup clash against Villa on Friday.
The Blues boss said on the injury: “We need to see how they evolve in the next few days.”
With how close the two fixtures are to each other; we don’t believe the Frenchman will be fit for the Anfield visit.
Emerging as a bright prospect under Thomas Tuchel, Chalobah’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worst in West London.
He is still yet to make a first team appearance under the Argentine manager, and there has been consistent reports linking him away from Stamford Bridge.
He should be fit to face the Reds later this week, but whether he is played by his manager is a different question.
The Belgian midfielder, who was heavily linked with Liverpool in the summer, has had a middling start to his Chelsea career.
Pochettino confessed himself that he was a ‘little bit worried’ when Lavia’s progress was stifled by a thigh injury.
He is not expected to feature at Anfield.
The Chelsea skipper has endured his fair share of injury heartbreak over the years.
While on his day he can no doubt stake his claim as England’s best right-back, there has not been enough of those days for the 24-year-old.
James will be out for this match and the Carabao Cup final when a time scale of four months was put on his return from hamstring surgery in December.