The workforce information has been confirmed forward of the FA Cup closing between Liverpool and Chelsea, with just a few surprises sprung – particularly within the Blues’ ranks.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has opted to start out Mateo Kovacic regardless of the midfielder aggravating a torn ankle ligament within the midweek victory over Leeds United.
The Croatian was the sufferer of Dan James’ crimson card horror deal with, together with his ankle buckling underneath the pressure of the problem. Nevertheless, after suggesting he was prepared to ‘take dangers’ within the cup closing, Tuchel has thrown Kovacic in from the beginning.
There isn’t any place within the beginning lineup for Kovacic’s midfield colleague N’Golo Kante, who has not performed since late April and had been a doubt for Saturday’s conflict.
Kai Havertz is absent from the squad altogether, probably because of damage, making the choice to start out Romelu Lukaku that bit simpler.
Younger centre-back Trevoh Chalobah has earned a begin having impressed in opposition to Leeds, with Cesar Azpilicueta left on the bench for the showpiece. Andreas Christensen has additionally been dropped, with Thiago Silva coming in in central defence.
As for Liverpool, Jordan Henderson predictably comes into an in any other case settled beginning lineup instead of the injured Fabinho.
Ibrahima Konate has additionally been restored to the beginning lineup forward of Joel Matip, who featured in opposition to Aston Villa on Tuesday night time.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Lukaku
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz