Jurgen Klopp initially cast doubt over whether Liverpool will be able to fulfil the game after they recorded three new Covid cases in their squad last week, while the manager himself is now isolating after a suspected positive test.
But the game is going ahead and assistant Pepijn Lijnders will lead the Reds instead, while Romelu Lukaku has been dropped completely by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after his explosive interview with Sky Sports in Italy in which he expressed his frustration with life at Stamford Bridge.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 4.30pm GMT kick-off time this afternoon - Sunday January 2, 2022.
Stamford Bridge in London will host the match.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Liverpool
TV channel: Today’s game will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online through Sky Go.
LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s LIVE match blog. James Robson will be providing updates and analysis from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Liverpool lineups and team news
Chelsea XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Saul, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Sarr, Vale, Hall
Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konate, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Jota, Mane
Subs: Keita, Gomez, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Beck, Williams, Morton, Marcelo
Chelsea vs Liverpool prediction
A loss here would likely be a hammer blow for either side’s title ambitions, so it seems reasonable to expect a relatively cagey affair.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea wins: 65
Liverpool wins: 82