I guess “Champions League Week” is off to a very rough start for Liverpool. Ahead of yesterday’s league fixture at Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp described the schedule for this week as:
“It’s like a Champions League week. I’m super excited. We are not dumb. We know the last game against [Real] Madrid wasn’t a good game, before that at Bournemouth wasn’t a good game, the one before was world class.”
Liverpool vs Chelsea FYIs
Kick off: 8pm GMT, Tuesday April 4, Stamford Bridge, London, UK
Team News: Chelsea Liverpool FC
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Google Result Probability: Chelsea 35% Draw 28% Liverpool 37%
PL Form Guide: Chelsea LDWWL Liverpool FC LLWWD
PL Position: Chelsea 11th 38 pts Liverpool FC 8th 42 pts
Liverpool got completely thrashed by Manchester City, 4-1, yesterday who did the damage without the services of Erling Haaland. Now comes a visit to Chelsea, before hosting table toppers Arsenal next weekend.
Reds Team News
Calvin Ramsay (knee) and Stefan Bajcetic (adductor) are out for the rest of the season while Naby Keita could end up joining them. The midfielder has a new fitness issue- an unspecified muscular problem.
There is better news though, as Luis Diaz has returned to first team full training, almost completing his comeback from knee surgery. However, he will be eased back into it, so he won’t be in the mix for this match.
Meanwhile major midfielder Thiago Alcantara (hip) is also moving closer towards a return, but he is still a couple of weeks away.
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