Predicted Chelsea XI vs Liverpool: Jackson starts in 4-2-3-1 formation

Anfield's cauldron-like atmosphere should give the table toppers the upper hand when they face Mauricio Pochettino's brave men. Chelsea's recent form in the Premier League has been relatively promising and the supporters can be hopeful this time around.
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1. Goalkeeper: Djordje Petrovic (Serbia)

Robert Sanchez returned to training earlier this week but the in-form Serbian shot stopper will be at ease knowing that his spot remains uncontested.

2. Right back: Axel Disasi (France)

Malo Gusto's match fitness seems uncertain and that should allow Disasi to continue in his role that he's adapted to very well.

3. Centre back: Thiago Silva (Brazil)

Thiago Silva has been heavily involved in recent times and probably needs some rest to reduce match load but this is definitely not a game where the Gaffer would consider benching the veteran. He'll miss the Wolves game.

4. Centre back: Benoit Badiashile (France)

Levi Colwill would probably get the nod over Benoit Badiashile but he missed training after struggling with a minor injury and Pochettino will want to avoid risking him at this stage of the season with a congested fixture list ahead.

5. Left back: Ben Chilwell (England)

The vice captain will return to the starting XI after being rested in the cup tie. His performance against Middlesbrough was very refreshing and we'd love to see more of the same.

""It is really good because he is one of our captains. But of course, with him, we haven't had him for the whole season and now it is another period for him to cope for 90 minutes.

We know what we are doing and today he added the experience and quality. I am happy to recover this kind of player because we are going to get the benefit.""

Pochettino on Ben Chilwell's return

Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez
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6. Central Midfield: Moises Caicedo (Ecuador)

Caicedo dropped his best performance in a Chelsea shirt against Aston Villa and will be hyped for this one. The fanbase is noticing his contribution to the side and the Ecuador International is finally getting the appreciation he deserves.

7. Central Midfield: Enzo Fernandez (Argentina)

The duo complemented each other brilliantly and if they continue in similar fashion, CFC will look like a transformed unit with revised objectives for the season.

8. Central Attacking Midfield: Conor Gallagher (England)

According to Times Sport, Tottenham are seriously considering a renewed approach for Conor Gallagher at this late stage in the window. CFC and Gallagher's stance remains uncertain and if things don't materialize, the tenacious midfielder will be one of the first names on the team sheet. If they do, Carney Chukwuemeka will be ready to his chances.

Cole Palmer, Douglas Luiz, Alexandre Moreno Lopera
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9. Right Wing: Cole Palmer (England)

Cole Palmer starting is a no brainer. However is versatility had been tested over the last month and he could be found playing in a very different role. However we cannot deny the fact that he's most lethal when used as a no.10 or outwide on the right flank.

10. Left Wing: Raheem Sterling (England)

Raheem Sterling's record against his former club is concerning but the side could use his experience in such a high profile fixture as his alternative - Mykhailo Mudryk has not looked confident in the recent games.

11. Striker: Nicolas Jackson (Senegal)

Armando Broja had a chance to establish himself but he's made a complete mess of this opportunity and might now be leaning towards an exit. Cole Palmer on the other hand has looked uncomfortable leading the line, also restricting majority of his strengths. Under these circumstances, the man returning from International duty could be thrown into the starting XI straight away.

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