Mason Mount (No. 19) Right winger, England
Mason Mount has been arguably Chelsea’s best player this season. The 22 year-old attacking midfielder leads the Blues in many creative metrics, though closer scrutiny proves that those numbers are just an indictment of other attackers in the squad. He has been quite consistent and that is perhaps why many fans are willing to let him off the hook when he has the occasional average performance. The perception of some of his performances this season is as much of a reflection of how underwhelming his attacking colleagues have been. Mount has deserved his selection in the team by his own hard work though, and he doesn’t owe that to anyone else’s underperformance.
Olivier Giroud (No. 18) Striker, France
Olivier Giroud is the striker with the most goals under Tuchel, which is not an impressive feat, seeing as the team has only scored 10 goals in 9 games the German has managed. That’s even less impressive seeing as some of those goals have been scored by defenders and midfielders. Giroud’s strength and ability to link up with other attackers might be why he gets the nod in this one. The Frenchman’s strength and height will also help in occupying Liverpool’s centerbacks, and he will be a threat on corners, as well.
Timo Werner (No. 11) Left winger, Germany
Timo Werner has not had excellent performances under Tuchel so far, what he’s had is moments that have changed the game. He has won the most penalties in the league this season, he also has nine direct goal involvements in the league for Chelsea so far. His ability to win penalties will be needed in this game, especially considering that he won one against this same opponents in the reverse fixture on matchday two. His speed will be crucial in dealing with the high line of Liverpool that’ll most likely include the inexperienced pair of Nathaniel Philips and Ozan Kabak.
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