Chelsea Team News vs Liverpool: Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech, Chilwell

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Chelsea hosts Liverpool on Sunday in what will be the first real headliner fixture of the 20/21 Premier League season. A big storyline heading into this one is Blues striker Timo Werner, who earlier this week explained why he selected Chelsea over Liverpool early in this summer transfer window.

The German suffered a dead leg in his debut last week, but he will be fit to feature in this one. However, USMNT star Christian Pulisic remains out as manager Frank Lampard revealed the 21-year-old suffered a minor setback in his recovery from the hamstring injury he suffered in the FA Cup final.

New summer signings Hakim Ziyech (knee injury), Ben Chilwell (heel injury) and Thiago Silva (match fitness) are not available for selection either, as their Chelsea debuts will have to wait another week, at least.

Another major storyline to watch here is the burgeoning rivalry between Jurgen Klopp and Lampard, as the Liverpool boss, last week, hit out at Chelsea’s (Manchester City too) summer transfer spending.

Lampard answered a question on the emerging Liverpool-Chelsea rivalry.

“How much do you want to make of it? If you’re pushing to be successful… we had it when I was a player,” Lampard said.

“In the Champions League we drew each other a lot. In modern terms it’s slightly different because Liverpool are on top of the league and we’re trying to improve. Both squads, clubs and coaches are very driven to win.”

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“It’s what the Premier League is all about. The nature of the world we live in is there’s a lot of airtime for you to fill with rivalries.”

“They can be scrutinised in every way. I have huge respect for him, what he’s done at Liverpool was incredible. There’s nothing in it for me. The competitive nature of the 90 minutes can boil over but the respect for Klopp I have will never change.”

Liverpool at Chelsea FYIs

Kickoff: Sunday Sept 20, 4:30pm local

Early Chelsea team news: go here

Chelsea Starting XI Prediction: go here

Liverpool team news: go here

Liverpool Starting XI Prediction: go here

Liverpool are 23/20 to win at Chelsea this Sunday, with the Blues 21/10 for a win. There are 11/4 odds of a draw over at Betway.

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Even with Chelsea missing some stars, this should be an entertaining one.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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