Chelsea XI vs Liverpool: Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest as Mudryk waits for debut

 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea have included Mykhailo Mudryk in their squad ahead of a possible debut for this lunchtime’s trip to Liverpool.

The £88.5million signing has been training with his new team-mates all week and will be hoping for his first minutes at Anfield. Fellow new man Noni Madueke is not involved as he wasn’t t registered in time.

In further good news, Graham Potter‘s injury crisis is down to ‘just’ nine first-team players. Reece James and Ben Chilwell have both re-joined their Blues teammates in training this week, although neither will play any part on Merseyside.

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“Reece has joined team training but won’t be involved at the weekend. Same for Ben Chilwell,” Potter told reporters on Friday.

It follows James suffering the recurrence of a knee issue in his comeback match against Bournemouth at the end of December. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, returning after a two-month absence with an ankle problem.

That leaves Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana, Edouard Mendy, Denis Zakaria and Armando Broja still on the sidelines. In addition, Joao Felix is suspended for two more games after earning a red card on his debut against Fulham last week.

Confirmed team news

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Milner, Gomez, Konate, Robertson, Keita Bajcetic, Thiago, Salah, Gakpo, Elliott

Subs: Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Nunez, Matip, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella, Gallagher, Jorginho, Ziyech, Mount, Hall, Havertz

Subs: Aubameyang, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Mudryk, Koulibaly, David Datro Fofana, Azpilicueta, Chukwuemeka, Humphreys