Chelsea vs. Liverpool live stream: How to watch Premier League online, prediction


Amidst the battle for Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia in the transfer market, the significance of the three points at stake for Chelsea and Liverpool seems almost trivial, given the intense excitement surrounding the ongoing transfer window. At present, Moises Caicedo seems inclined towards a move to Stamford Bridge, but an agreement over the transfer fee with Brighton for the Ecuadorian midfielder has not been reached. Liverpool initially appeared to have swooped in and secured the deal with a £111 million offer, but they might end up missing out on Caicedo, especially as Chelsea is now actively pursuing Romeo Lavia.

The intricacies of the transfer market have diverted attention away from what is arguably the most significant match of the opening weekend of the season. This match marks the beginning of recovery campaigns for both clubs, as they aim to rebound after finishing outside the top four, and in Chelsea’s case, outside the top half of the league table altogether. Here’s how you can watch the game and what you need to know:

Storylines:

Chelsea: Despite substantial spending over the past year, Mauricio Pochettino will lead a team with various gaps in it for his debut game as manager at Stamford Bridge. The absence of a senior midfielder to fill the void left by N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic might lead to Conor Gallagher, a player the club intends to sell, partnering with Enzo Fernandez in midfield. Further forward, the attacking lineup would be more formidable if Christopher Nkunku weren’t sidelined due to knee surgery for most of 2023.

The sense of a new era at Stamford Bridge will be further accentuated by Reece James taking on the role of club captain, succeeding Cesar Azpilicueta. Pochettino could have chosen an experienced veteran like Thiago Silva for the captaincy, but appointing a young and immensely talented player like James reflects the direction Chelsea envisions for their future.

Prediction:

This might not evolve into the high-octane clash between two of Europe’s top sides that it used to be a few seasons ago; instead, it could be a tight affair decided by a slim margin. In such circumstances, it seems reasonable to lean towards the team with Mohamed Salah. PICK: Chelsea 0, Liverpool 1.

Liverpool: Irrespective of whether they secure Caicedo, Lavia, or another player, Liverpool’s midfield will be under intense scrutiny in the upcoming weeks. A shift in build-up play towards the end of the previous season suggests that Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to venture into more central positions when Jurgen Klopp’s team is in possession. Summer signings Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai are expected to flank him. The major question arises now that Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have left for Saudi Arabia – who will anchor the midfield? While Curtis Jones might step in at Stamford Bridge, he might not be a sustainable long-term solution.

Furthermore, other areas of the “Liverpool reloaded” squad, as termed by Klopp, also raise questions. Can Andrew Robertson effectively play as an auxiliary center back, similar to Nathan Ake and Ben White? Will Szoboszlai drift wide to bring Salah closer to the goal, a tactic that wasn’t consistently employed last season? The answers to these questions are about to unfold.

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