Liverpool’s Van Dijk faces fitness test ahead of Chelsea clash

Lynette Rowe
September 25, 2018

West Ham 0-0 Chelsea showed why Sarri and Hazard can't win the Premier League with Chelsea this season.

Neves moved to Wolves past year and helped them win promotion back to the top flight, with the Times reporting that the club "resisted a series of approaches ahead of their return to the Premier League".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp faces a selection headache ahead of the Reds Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday night, according to a report in The Echo.

Queue in the 2018-19 season and with Sturridge and Shaqiri joining the famed trio as bearers of bad news to opposing defences, Liverpool have become a battering ram of a squad. It had problems at the back, particularly at the heart of its defense.

Fred became the 46th Brazilian to score a Premier League goal when he netted for Manchester United in their draw with Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday.

But this year, thanks to around $300 million of spending, Liverpool has addressed those issues.

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Simon Mignolet will start between the sticks while Virgil van Dijk (rib) is unlikely to be risked.

The former-Liverpool defender explained that dropping points against teams like Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Man United have done, is fatal for a team. Adam Lallana's return from injury has gone nearly unnoticed, but he could slot in either in midfield or in the forward line.

An own goal from Wesley Hoedt put the Reds in front after 10 minutes after which Joel Matic and Mohamed Salah finished up the game in the 21st and 45th minutes.

Liverpool are preparing for a cup tie with Chelsea on Wednesday. The competition is usually taken as an opportunity to rotate the team, and the expectation is that Fabinho, the summer signing from Monaco, will make his first start. He started the first two games on the wing where he was devastating in the Championship previous year. Klopp's side are playing with attacking fluidity and Xherdan Shaqiri gave them another attacking option in midfield.

It looks like the Dutchman will need to play through the pain of the injury against Chelsea on Saturday, as well as in the upcoming games against Napoli and Manchester City. That is a really good, strong group'.

The Merseysiders already had a potent frontline last season with their three-pronged attack of Mane, Firmino and Salah.

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