Caoimhin Kelleher replaces Alisson Becker in goal while Ibrahima Konate and James Milner start as Liverpool get set to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool have made a few changes to the side that lost to Leicester City in midweek for their crucial Premier League encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The most notable alteration comes in goal where Alisson Becker has dropped out of the squad due to Covid, with Caoimhin Kelleher getting a huge opportunity to start.
There is a tweak in the defensive line as well, as Ibrahima Konate comes into the team in place of Joe Gomez. He partners Virgil van Dijk at the centre while Kostas Tsimikas continues out on the left in Andrew Robertson’s absence. Trent Alexander-Arnold starts at right-back to make his 200th appearance for Liverpool.
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Fabinho gets the nod in defensive midfield for his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool. Jordan Henderson and James Milner will accompany him in the middle of the park at Stamford Bridge. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are options from the bench.
Up top, the trio of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane retain their places, with Roberto Firmino being another potential Covid-related absentee. Youngsters Owen Beck, Tyler Morton and Neco Williams, are named among the substitutes.
Liverpool Starting Lineup: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Jota, Mane.