Chelsea handed major blow as key man set to miss Liverpool clash


Chelsea handed major blow as key man set to miss Liverpool clash

A must-win clash

Although it is only January, Chelsea clash with Liverpool this afternoon has already taken on the form of a must-win affair for either side to stay in the title race.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool are 11 and 12 points respectively off the pace of current leaders Manchester City, although Jurgen Klopp’s side do have two games in hand, including this one.

 

And while a win for either side could boost their title chances, a defeat could see them fall back towards the chasing pack for European football, with Arsenal sat 7 points behind Chelsea at present, and a gaggle of clubs behind them with games in hand thanks to a COVID affected last few weeks.

However, should Thomas Tuchel’s side ultimately come away with a win this evening, they will have to do it without their record signing.

Lukaku out of road?

Now, after whispers last night, it has now been confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will not play any part against Liverpool this afternoon, as punishment for his interview given earlier in the week.

The Belgian forward is currently at the centre of controversy after admitting that he is not happy at Chelsea in a recent interview, as well as the fact that he would like to return to Inter Milan in the near future, during an extraordinary exchange.

Having scored in back to back games for the first time since September, Lukaku was beginning to show Chelsea fans just why they invested so much money in him in the summer. However, today they may well be reminded just why they needed him in the first place.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 20 39 50
2 Chelsea FC 20 29 42
3 Liverpool FC 19 34 41
4 Arsenal FC 19 9 35
5 West Ham United 19 9 31
6 Manchester United 18 4 31
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 2 30
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 18 -2 25
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 -1 24
11 Crystal Palace 19 0 23
12 Aston Villa 18 -4 22
13 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
14 Brentford FC 18 -4 20
15 Everton FC 17 -8 19
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 17 -13 13
18 Burnley FC 16 -9 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 5



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