Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is encouraged by Mateo Kovacic’s return for today’s big match with Liverpool.
The midfielder missed the opening match of the season at Brighton through suspension after being sent off against Arsenal in last month’s FA Cup final.
The Croatian is likely to enter midfield to start alongside N’Golo Kante, with Jorginho perhaps the man to leave.
In defense, Lampard could look to bring Antonio Rudiger for Andreas Christensen as the German̵
In attack, Lampard has decisions to make around who leads the line.
Werner did well against Brighton but Olivier Giroud is pushing to start and could be an option as his physicality can match that of Virgil van Dijk.
Starting the Frenchman would likely mean Timo Werner siding left and Kai Havertz given the chance to play in his favorite No10 role.
Mason Mount could then complete the attack by playing well while Christian Pulisic is injured.
Chelsea have predicted that XI will face Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz, Werner; Giroud