It is time for another Premier League classic, as Chelsea welcomes Liverpool to the Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea and Liverpool go head-to-head for the second time this season, after meeting each other in the UEFA Super Cup back in mid-August.
Both sides are heading into the derby with an unsuccessful start of their Champions League campaigns earlier in the week.
The Blues were beaten by Valencia (1-0) at the Samford Bridge stadium, while Liverpool began their title defense with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli.
In the Premier League, the Reds are the only side with a perfect record. They have collected all 15 points and sit on the top of the table, five points clear of Manchester City.
The hosts, on the other hand, noted only their second league victory this term, beating Wolverhampton 5-2 last weekend. Frank Lampard is yet to win at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea boss, having registered two draws and a defeat in his debut campaign in charge.
Chelsea are sweating over the fitness of their academy graduate Mason Mount, who suffered an ankle sprain in the Champions League opener midweek.
N’Golo Kante is in contention after returning to training, but Emerson Palmieri, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger are all out.
A hat-trick for Patrik! 🔥
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 21, 2019
The European champions will travel to London without Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who is still recovering from the injury he sustained in the first round against Norwich.
Nathaniel Clyne also remains sidelined, as well as Divock Origi who picked up an ankle injury vs Newcastle United last weekend.
Talk to the press
Frank Lampard was asked about his thoughts on his former teammate Mohamed Salah, who spent a brief period at Stamford Bridge a few years ago.
“It is hard to answer because you can never directly compare players from a different generation or era. Unfortunately for Mo it did not work out here but great credit to him, he went to Italy and then came back and now he is a superstar,” said Frank to the press.
“The talent was obviously there but at that time we had a lot of options in attacking areas – wingers, no.10s and striker-type players and he did not get many opportunities for whatever reason.
“To become the player who came back to Liverpool, that is where huge credit is due and you don’t have to go searching any further than Mo himself for that. To go and prove himself and be the superstar he is now is complete credit to Mo himself.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 21, 2019
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Frank Lampard’s Chelsea reminds him of his Borussia Dortmund side, almost a decade ago.
“Chelsea had some problems but they have sorted it well. I don’t think they expected [to lose to Valencia],” said Klopp according to BBC.
“It reminds me of my team in Dortmund a few years ago. Really young but they only played because they were that good.
“Frank Lampard did an outstanding job at Derby so I am not surprised by him at Chelsea. But it is a difficult league. I can see some people are not happy with some results but that is not because of him. He is a really good manager.”
Daniel Sturridge’s last-minute stunner saved a point for Liverpool the last time they visited Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won only one of the last nine Premier League encounters with the Reds. Their only win came at home back in May 2018.
Liverpool have lost just once in their last 44 Premier League matches (W36 D7 L1) and are unbeaten in their last 22 (W18 D4 L0), their longest such run in PL history.
The Blues have failed to win any of their opening three home games in all competitions for the first time since 1988-89, when they were a second-tier side.
On our last visit to Stamford Bridge…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 21, 2019
However, they have only failed to score in one of their last 20 meetings with Liverpool, in a 0-2 defeat at Anfield last season.
Jurgen Klopp has won two of his four Premier League away games against Chelsea – no Liverpool manager has won three games in the competition at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have beaten the team starting the day top of the Premier League 18 times – three more than any other side.
Liverpool could become the first club to win their opening six games in consecutive top-flight seasons.