Good afternoon and welcome along to live coverage of Chelsea’s crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
You might have been forgiven for forgetting there is indeed a game on today after the events of the last 72 hours and the aftermath of the explosive Romelu Lukaku interview.
Thomas Tuchel looks set to drop the club-record signing from the match-day squad entirely as Lukaku appeared to take a swipe at Tuche’s tactics in what is understood to have been an unauthorised interview with Sky Italia three weeks ago.
Having scored two in his last two games, dropping Lukaku is a big call for Tuchel, who is thought to be livid at the situation and is ready to put his foot down.
Chelsea have injury issues in defence as well with Reece James and Ben Chilwell out, Andreas Christensen a doubt and Thiago Silva having only returned to training late this week after injury.
While it might not be a must-win for either side, it is certainly a must-not-lose as Man City stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Arsenal, their 11th straight victory in the top flight.
We will bring you all the pre-match build up, match action and post-match reaction as Liverpool, who will be without Jurgen Klopp on the sideline owing to a positive Covid test, take on the Blues.