Club captain John Terry may be restored to the Chelsea starting XI following his four-match domestic ban and omission when we played against Shakhtar in the Champions League. The Blues have dropped four points in their previous two Premier League encounters and we’ve conceded a worrying amount of goals in all competitions in recent weeks, so it’s something Roberto Di Matteo would hope to address.
England duo Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are set to sit this one out, but there’s no fresh injury concerns or suspensions for Di Matteo to worry about.
Liverpool have completed the double in three of the four previous Premier League seasons and we have to beat the mid-table sides if we’re to have any hope of winning the league, so here’s the XI players I’d choose to play in tomorrow’s game:
B. Ivanovic – G. Cahill – J. Terry (c) – R. Bertrand
Ramires – J. Mikel
Oscar – J. Mata – E. Hazard
Ryan Bertrand had an awful night against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday and was run ragged by the likes of Darijo Srna as Ashley Cole was during the away fixture, but this was compounded by the performance of David Luiz, who I thought was the worst player on the night and is living proof that you can have all the ability in the world but you must keep your head. Luiz can do it, we’ve seen him do it, which makes it even more annoying when he slips back into the mentality he adopted on Wednesday as he was a liability.
Gary Cahill has been better in front of goal than defending it also, but I’d play him alongside Terry as Luis Suarez could have a field day against Luiz as he did against Fabricio Colocinni, who arguably has a similar defensive approach as Luiz.
The midfield is the only area of the pitch that is picking itself at the moment, so I’d leave it as it is.
Fernando Torres is also something of a default choice at centre forward, only because of the lack of options we have in this position. Some would like to see Daniel Sturridge, he could be worth a shot, but others may prefer to see Victor Moses played somewhere (he’s done well so far) or someone like Marko Marin and play with a ‘false 9’.