Both teams will be looking to put their Champions League openers behind them when the Premier League’s big fixture kicks off on Sunday. Our build-up begins with all the key facts and figures…
Chelsea vs Liverpool head-to-head record
Since the start of the 2000s, Sunday’s game will be the 61st meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool in all competitions, making it the most played fixture between English sides in all competitions in the 21st century.
Chelsea have won one of our last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (five draws, three defeats), beating them 1-0 in May 2018 thanks to an Olivier Giroud strike.
Having won one of their first 16 Premier League away games against Chelsea, Liverpool have won five of their last 11 at Stamford Bridge in the competition.
In all competitions, Chelsea have only failed to score in one of our last 20 meetings with Liverpool, in a 0-2 defeat at Anfield last season.
Biggest league win for each team
Chelsea 6-1 Liverpool – 1938/38 Division One
Liverpool 6-0 Chelsea – 1934/35 Division One
Liverpool’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 5-2 in 1989/90
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING GAME
CHELSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 1
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 29.09.18, 5.30pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 80); Willian (Moses 73), Giroud (Morata 65), Hazard.
Unused subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fàbregas.
Injured: Loftus-Cheek, Drinkwater
Head coach: Maurizio Sarri.
Scorer: Hazard 25
Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson (c) (Keita 78), Milner (Sturridge 86); Salah (Shaqiri 66), Firmino, Mane.
Unused subs: Mignolet, Matip, Moreno, Fabinho.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Booked: Mane 39, Milner 76
Scorer: Sturridge 89
Referee Andre Marriner
Chelsea’s recent record
Chelsea have only lost one of our past 24 home league games (13 wins 10 draws), which was against Leicester in December 2018.
Frank Lampard’s side are seeking a clean sheet for the first time this season. Our last shut-out was at Leicester in May.
Chelsea have beaten the side starting the day top of the Premier League on 18 occasions – three more than any other side.
The Blues have netted 11 goals so far in the Premier League this term, only Liverpool (15) and Man City (16) have scored more.
The average age of Chelsea’s league goalscorers this season has been 21 years and 124 days – the youngest average across the 98 teams in the top five European leagues in 2019/20.
Excluding own-goals, Chelsea have become the first team in Premier League history to have 11 consecutive Premier League goals scored by players aged 21 or younger.
Tammy Abraham has become Chelsea’s youngest Premier League hat-trick scorer, aged 21. Eden Hazard was the previous record holder, aged 23, against Newcastle in 2014. Abraham is the first Englishman to score a league hat-trick for the Blues since Frank Lampard, against Bolton, in 2011.
Chelsea are undefeated in our past six Premier League games versus ‘big-six’ teams, winning four and drawing two since a 1-3 loss to Spurs in April 2018.
In his playing career for the Blues, Frank Lampard won 18, drew eight and lost 13 of his games against the Reds, scoring seven goals.
Both Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian made their 50th European appearance for the Blues against Valencia on Tuesday.
Champions League – Winners
Premier League – Second
FA Cup – Third round
League Cup – Third round
Top scorer all competitions: Mohamed Salah 27
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Alisson 38, Van Dijk 38, Salah 37
Most goals: Mane 22, Salah 22, Firmino 12
Most assists: Alexander-Arnold 12, Robertson 11, Salah 8
Most clean sheets: Allisson 21
The Reds’ last top-flight win was in the old First Division, 29 years ago, when Kenny Dalglish was manager and a points total of 79 was enough to lift the trophy in 1990.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have won their last 14 Premier League games (six have been away) stretching back to a goalless draw against Everton at Goodison Park on 3 March. They are unbeaten in 22 league games, their longest run since November 1990 (23).
In the Champions League however, they have lost six of their last eight away games.
The Reds are the first team in English top-flight history to win 14 consecutive matches while scoring more than once in each game.
Liverpool are looking to win four consecutive Premier League games against ‘big six’ teams for the first time since April 2014.
Jurgen Klopp is seeking to be the first Liverpool manager to win three Premier League games at the Bridge having won two of his four previous visits to SW6.
Jurgen Klopp’s managerial record against Chelsea
LIVERPOOL’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Saturday 14 August
Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 1
Team 4-3-3: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk (c), Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Milner 75), Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Shaqiri 84); Salah, Mane, Origi (Firmino 37)
Scorers: Mane 28, 40, Salah 72
Premier League scorers
Mane 4, Salah 4 (1 pen), Firmino 2, Matip 1, Origi 1, Van Dijk 1, own goals 2
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 6
An away defeat: 10
Liverpool’s summer transfers
Sepp van den Berg – PEC Zwolle
Harvey Elliott – Fulham
Adrian – Unattached (previously West Ham)
Andy Lonergan – Unattached (previously Middlesbrough)
Alberto Moreno – Villarreal
Daniel Sturridge – Released, Trabzonspor
Rafael Camacho – Sporting Lisbon
Danny Ings – Southampton
Ben Woodburn – Oxford United, loan
Simon Mignolet – Club Brugge
Harry Wilson – Bournemouth, loan
Ryan Kent – Rangers
There are no suspensions
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Jorginho 3, Abraham 2, Christensen 1, Kante 1, Zouma 1
Liverpool: Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1
Chelsea vs Liverpool referee and VAR
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Andre Marriner
Michael Oliver was the official for four of our Premier League games last season – home to Crystal Palace, Man City and Wolves, and away to Liverpool.