Chelsea vs Liverpool live score match day 21 and highlights.
We are about to find out which team, between Chelsea and Liverpool, will be Manchester City’s most serious rival in the 2021-22 Premier League title race. The winner of the head-to-head showdown between the two at Stamford Bridge will cut the first-place deficit to single digits, fueling some hope for the new year.
Chelsea (second, 42 points) has been slipping lately with three draws in the last four league games with positive COVID-19 cases and injuries that did not help the Blues cause. A difficult situation was not improved by controversial comments from star forward Romelu Lukaku, who criticized manager Thomas Tuchel. That has caused Tuchel to eliminate him entirely from the team against Liverpool, despite his scoring in each of his last two appearances.
Liverpool will also be missing a major figure in coach Jurgen Klopp, who is out after testing positive for COVID-19. But the Reds will still be interested in seizing the final match for star attackers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, who will depart after the match to join their respective countries for the African Cup of Nations.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool live
LIV – Sadio Mane – 9 min.
LIV – Mohamed Salah (Trent Alexander-Arnold) – 16 min.
CHE – Mateo Kovacic – 42 min.
CHE – Christian Pulisic (N’Golo Kante) – 46 ° + min.
(All the eastern time)
62 min.: Kelleher matched Mendy to save in the second half. A half volley from Pulisic goes directly to the Liverpool goalkeeper, who has made the reflex stop.
58 min.: Another save from Mendy! What a move from Liverpool and it is Mane who puts the ball in the area and shoots on goal, but Mendy stops it. Liverpool remains the most dangerous between the two teams.
57 min.: What a save from Edouard Mendy over Mo Salah! The Egyptian international went for the top from afar, but Mendy was ready to deflect him for a corner. Great shot, great save.
52 min.: Liverpool are riding that Chelsea offside line. Diogo Jota throws a volley that stops, but is slightly offside and the flag is raised.
51 min.: What a pass from N’Golo Kante to Marcos Alonso, who hits it with his right foot and shoots high. Good game for Chelsea, but the game is level again.
Min 46: The second half is underway and Sadio Mane immediately gets behind and Kelleher does the kick, but the flag goes up. That’s the kind of danger Liverpool can create at any moment.
Half time: Chelsea 2, Liverpool 2
Halftime: What half of football. Liverpool was deadly in transition because they had the best-attacking quality with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, who knew exactly what to do in the penalty area.
Chelsea didn’t have the same quality heading into the goal and instead needed to make their way into a Mateo Kovacic world that came out of nowhere. The Blues then fed on that momentum to find a draw before the break on four touches with Pulisic coming off the schneid after missing an earlier opportunity.
Chelsea will have to keep fueling the energy of their incredible comeback, otherwise, Liverpool can attack at any moment.
48 min.: Mount almost gave Chelsea the upper hand! He throws the ball to the ground towards the left post and misses across the width.
Min 46: Pulisic ties it up! N’Golo Kante pushes the ball into space in a quick transition and the American takes it easy and launches a shot with his left foot that surpasses Kelleher. He needed that goal in the worst way.
42 min.: What a goal from Mateo Kovacic! Chelsea pulls one back after a set-piece thanks to a tremendous volley from Kovacic. It was on top of the box and he placed it in the top corner. It was placed there to clean up any bounces and got one.
32 min.: There’s a long VAR look at a Mason Mount vs. Tsimikas showdown on the ground. Mount pulls his leg away from the tangle, but there is nothing. Moments later, Diogo Jota sends a ball through the front of the goal, but there are no teammates to take advantage of. Meanwhile, Chelsea has no punch in her attack. It can be said that the Blues miss Romelu Lukaku.
26 min.: Gol Salah! First, he beats Marcos Alonso on the right side of the area with a stuttering step and then from a tight angle he shoots Edouard Mendy at the near post. Liverpool’s attackers are simply better quality so far. That’s his 16th of the league-leading season.
25 min.: A couple of corners for Liverpool, but nothing comes of them. Still, the Reds look comfortable in this game.
20 min.: Marcos Alonso infuriates his Chelsea teammates and his coach with a volley from a tight angle when he should have been trying to cross the ball. You can feel the tension and nerves in the Chelsea ranks right now.
17 min.: CAUTION: Pulisic gets a yellow for a reckless sliding foul on Diogo Jota. Good decision of the referee.
9 min.: Goal Liverpool! Defender Trevoh Chalobah misjudges the ball and attempts a low header but fails to clear. Sadio Mane picks it up, rounds up Mendy and scores. Mane, who is lucky to be on the field, did what Pulisic couldn’t do before. That ended a streak of nine appearances without a goal from Mane.
7th minute: What an opportunity for Chelsea! Trent Alexander-Arnold is stripped of the ball in his own box and Pulisic is alone against Kelleher, but he can’t get over it. What a stop for the reserve porter to push him away.
6th minute: Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy with the first save of the game against Mo Salah. So far it’s from start to finish. Lots of energy from both sides.
1st minute: After just 30 seconds, Sadio Mane could have seen red! He drove with his forearm/elbow and measured Cesar Azpilicueta. But the referee lets him out with a yellow. Thomas Tuchel is furious.
11:07 am: What Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders said when replacing manager Jurgen Klopp for the day:
11:05 am: Here’s how Thomas Tuchel explained his decision to leave Lukaku in his pre-match interview:
9:33 am: The game will stand out for what happens on the pitch, but it will also have meaning for what happens in the stands.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool lineups
Lukaku’s absence will hit Chelsea hard as the team already has significant injury problems. The Blues lost two other important players during the last game against Brighton, as Reece James Y Andreas Christensen they are now archived. They join Ben chilwell Y Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the sidelines. Thiago silva comes back from a hamstring problem.
Edouard mendy is in his last game with Chelsea before leaving for the African Cup of Nations, but Hakim Ziyech is available for the entire next month as he was left out of the Moroccan squad. Kai havertz he’s back from his fight with COVID-19, which means Timo Werner He is probably not far behind, although he is not in the team against Liverpool.
Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3, left to right): 16-Edouard Mendy (GK) – 14-Trevoh Chalobah, 6-Thiago Silva, 2-Antonio Rudiger – 3-Marcos Alonso, 8-Mateo Kovacic, 7-N’Golo Kante, 28-Cesar Azpilicueta (capt.) – 10 -Christian Pulisic, 29-Kai Havertz, 19-Mason Mount.
Chelsea substitutes (9): 1-Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK), 31-Malang Sarr, 75-Lewis Hall, 5-Jorginho, 17-Saul Niguez, 18-Ross Barkley, 20-Callum Hudson-Odoi, 68-Harvey Vale, 22-Hakim Ziyech
Klopp previously indicated that there were three players who would miss the game due to COVID-19 and the club eventually named them: Alisson, Roberto Firmino Y Joel matip.
Thiago again he is struggling with a groin problem. Rear left Andy Robertson is still out, the final of his three-game penalty for picking up a straight red. Takumi minamino is questionable due to muscle pain, having lost to Leicester City. Divock Origi He’s outcast with a knee problem.
Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 62-Kaoihmin Kelleher (GK) – 21-Konstantinos Tsimikas, 5-Ibrahima Konate, 4-Virgil Van Dijk, 66-Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7-James Milner, 3-Fabinho, 14-Jordan Henderson (capt.) – 10 -Sadio Mane, 20-Diogo Jota, 11-Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool substitutes (9): 97-Marcelo (GK), 13-Adrian (GK), 12-Joe Gomez, 76-Neco Williams, 8-Naby Keita, 17-Curtis Jones, 63-Owen Beck, 15-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 80-Tyler Morton
MORE: Who replaces Klopp on the bench against Chelsea?
How to watch Chelsea vs. Liverpool
- Date: Sunday January 2
- Hour: 11:30 am ET
- Television channel: US Network
- Spanish television: Telemundo
- Transmission: fuboTV, NBCSports.com (authenticated users)
Sunday’s game between Chelsea and Liverpool from Stamford Bridge will be broadcast on USA Network (English) and Telemundo (Spanish) in the United States.
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Chelsea vs. Liverpool betting prediction, selection and prediction
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The news that Lukaku has been withdrawn from the squad and that Klopp will not be on Liverpool’s bench has not moved the lines much. It is still very difficult.
The Draw No Bet is at -110 for both sides (a tie is a tie). That presents an opportunity for a Liverpool midfielder if he thinks the Lukaku-Tuchel controversy surrounding Chelsea will continue to drag down a Blues team that have played poorly of late and are still struggling to stay fit. Mo Salah and Sadio Mane will also be highly motivated to leave their fans with a memorable performance.
To choose: Liverpool draw without bet (-110)
Prediction: Chelsea 0, Liverpool 2
- Money line: Chelsea +160 / Draw +245 / Liverpool +165
- Spread (Asian handicap): Chelsea pick’em (-110) / Liverpool pick’em (-105)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -125 / Under +105
- Both teams will score: Yes -165 / No +125
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