Liverpool and Chelsea name their line-ups for Premier League cracker at Anfield

It’s three changes for Thomas Tuchel following the goalless draw with Manchester United.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is only on the bench after hobbling off at the weekend so is replaced by Reece James while Jorginho comes into midfield for Mateo Kovacic.

Leading the line of Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 is Timo Werner with Olivier Giroud named as a substitute.

Jurgen Klopp makes two changes to the side that won at Bramall Lane. Alisson is back in goal after compassionate leave so Adrian reverts to the bench while Fabinho returns from injury and partners Ozan Kabak in central defence; Nat Phillips drops out of the squad entirely.

Georginio Wijnaldum captains the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson as Liverpool line up in their standard 4-3-3 formation. Diogo Jota is back on the bench after almost three months out.

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Liverpool receive boost as three key players return for Chelsea clash

Jurgen Klopp has been handed a welcome boost with Alisson, Diogo Jota and Fabinho all returning to training.

He said: “Alisson and Fabinho, I’m pretty sure [will be available for the match against Chelsea]

“With Diogo, he was with us in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home. It depends how quick he will recover, obviously.

“He was in the squad and as I said before, he trained with the team and it all looked really good but unfortunately he got sick overnight.

“I think he will be available, but I don’t know.”

(Watch Highlights) How Chelsea Women defeated Atletico Madrid Women despite having key player sent off after just 12 minutes

Chelsea beat Atletico 2-0 in the first leg of their Women’s Champions League last-16 tie despite having Sophie Ingle sent off after just 12 minutes on Wednesday night.

A Maren Mjelde penalty and a smart Fran Kirby finish in the second half gave Emma Hayes’ side a valuable lead in their Women’s Champions League tie.

But the game began badly for Chelsea when Sophie Ingle gave away a penalty and was sent off after just 12 minutes.

However, Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger saved the spot-kick, and then repeated the feat late in the second half after she gave away her side’s second penalty.

The result makes Chelsea favourites to progress to the quarter-finals at the expense of Atletico, who are fourth in Spain’s Primera Division.

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Thomas Tuchel corrects wrong impression about his relationship with Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool clash

Thomas Tuchel has dismissed much-bandied speculation of him being in the shadow of Jurgen Klopp, saying he has never felt as though he is in the shadow of Liverpool manager.

The Blues boss insists that they are “not half as close as everybody thinks”.

The German duo have often been compared, having both managed Mainz and Borussia Dortmund before leaving the Bundesliga for high-profile European jobs, but have never been at the same club at the same time.

While Klopp has secured Champions League and Premier League triumphs with Liverpool, Tuchel won two Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain and reached a Champions League final, before replacing Frank Lampard at Chelsea in January.

The German coaches will go head-to-head in the Premier League for the first time when Liverpool host Chelsea on Thursday with just one point separating the teams in the race for a top-four finish.

Tuchel told Sky Sports: “It’s nice to be compared because he’s one of the best coaches in Europe.

“On one hand it’s nice because it tells you you’ve reached a certain level, and then at some point, it’s not nice because it does not tell the truth.

“I like him a lot and I am full of respect and we have good times when we meet in coaches’ meetings, there is no doubt about it, but we are not half as close as everybody thinks.

“And we also do not have the years in clubs where we are in exchange, or where I can really learn from him, from his coaching methods, because I was never there when he was there.”

Asked what he makes of suggestions he has been operated in Klopp’s shadow, Tuchel added: “I never felt really that way because we never had the chance to work with each other.

“So it was not like I joined the academy of Mainz, and Jurgen was there as a head coach – that never happened.

“But me being after him and people comparing us to each other because he had many, many years and left his footprints, and I was lucky to be there five years professional coach, one year in the academy, six years…

“So people comparing each other all the time gave everybody the impression that we came the same way, and then of course. following him in Dortmund made this impression even bigger

Mikel Arteta reacts to Barcelona interest

Mikel Arteta insists he is ‘focused’ on Arsenal after sensational reports linking him with Barcelona.

He said: “There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona. It’s a huge team.

“Obviously I was raised there as a player and they’re always going to be linked.

“I’m fully focused on the job that I have to do here, and we have a lot to do. I’m really enjoying it.

“I am the manager of Arsenal Football Club, and I’m really enjoying it. I want to do much better than what we’ve done.”

Manchester United boss warned over Bruno Fernandes’ long-standing habit

Bruno Fernandes’ penchant for extra sessions after training could land him in fitness trouble, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been warned.

Former Sporting CP coach Jose Peseiro has revealed the playmaker’s amazing dedication to football.

The 60-year-old told BBC Sport: “Normally when training finished, he’d have lunch in the club and then he would go to watch the U19s or U23s play.

“He liked to see the matches more than the others. He wanted to see the new, young players and speak to them to learn who they are and what they are doing on the pitch.

“He liked too much to see football. He lives for football.

“He wants to train too much, he wants to train more than is possible.

“The coach needs to say, ‘Bruno, stop!’ because he wants to train every minute of the day.

“At the end of a training session he will want to stay out and shoot. If there is a ball there, he will want to do something whether it’s before training, during training or after training. He enjoys it so much.”

Bundeliga star wants reunion with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea

Borussia Monchengladbach ace Jonas Hofmann has hinted at a potential reunion with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.

The Chelsea boss is reportedly equally keen to bring the winger to Stamford Bridge in the summer and may sell Hakim Ziyech to create room for Hofmann.

Several players are said to be considering their future at Borussia Monchengladbach after confirmation that manager Marco Rose will join Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

When asked directly about Chelsea contact, Hofmann told Ruhr Nachrichten: “I think it’s clear that other clubs will notice you if you perform well. Therefore, it is possible that one or the other has already asked.

And that prospect looks real after Hofmann admitted to speaking to an interested party.

“Basically, I feel good at Borussia; I’ve always emphasised that.

“It may be that one or the other club has expressed its interest.

“Nevertheless, for me, the absolute focus is on having a successful season with Borussia and dedicating myself fully to success. I put my personal situation under it.

Hofmann, who left for Monchengladbach just eight months after Tuchel arrived in North Rhine-Westphalia, has scored seven goals and added 11 assists in all competitions from a right-wing role.