Complicated dilemma, Jürgen Klopp faces Chelsea with many difficulties

Liverpool will take on Chelsea at Anfield before traveling to face their title rivals.

By William Estrella

Liverpool will take on Chelsea at Anfield before traveling to face their title rivals.
Liverpool will take on Chelsea at Anfield before traveling to face their title rivals.
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Liverpool faces a crucial week in its quest for the Premier League title after securing progression in both domestic cup competitions. The Reds put five past Norwich on Sunday in the FA Cup after securing a trip to Wembley to face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final next month. The two finalists will face off at Anfield on Wednesday night with Jürgen Klopp's side looking to extend its lead at the top of the Premier League.

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Liverpool has a huge clash with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday and it remains to be seen if that will come into Klopp's thinking when he picks his team to take on Chelsea. Klopp's options have been boosted by a number of key players returning to action from the bench against Norwich. While the boss was serenaded throughout the match, arguably the biggest cheer of the day was saved for Andy Robertson. The Scotland left-back made his first appearance since October, playing the last 30 minutes, and will hope to be in contention to start against Chelsea.

Joe Gomez has proved to be an able deputy in Robertson's absence though and will hope to keep his place at Anfield. With Virgil van Dijk returning in central defense, Klopp also faces another big decision in the opposite full-back position. Like Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold got some minutes under his belt after injury in the FA Cup win on Sunday. Stand-in Conor Bradley has been in excellent form though and proven to Klopp that he is ready for first-team football. Yet with Raheem Sterling likely to be in opposition on Chelsea's left, Klopp has to decide whether to go for some more experience on Wednesday night.

Dominik Szoboszlai has also had his own injury problems in recent weeks but appears to be fully fit again and will expect to return to the starting line-up against Mauricio Pochettino's side. There were concerns over Alexis Mac Allister after he missed the Norwich match but Klopp revealed he was rested and should be back.

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Final decisions

Klopp must also decide between Curtis Jones and Ryan Gravenberch for his final midfield position with both impressing, and scoring, against Norwich, while the wide forward roles may still be up for grabs. Darwin Núñez deserves to keep his place down the middle but then it is a case of two from four. Harvey Elliott didn't feature against Norwich and could come in on the right with Luis Díaz potentially getting the nod on the opposite flank. That would leave Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota, who both played 90 minutes against Norwich, on the bench ready to make an impact.

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