Van Dijk faces fitness test ahead of Chelsea clash

Van Dijk faces fitness test ahead of Chelsea clash

Current Premier League leaders Liverpool will take on Chelsea in Carabao Cup third round at Anfield and which promises to be a pure treat for the fans around the world.

Mark Warnecke, who at 35 became the oldest person to win a swimming world title since since 1971 in 2005, has created two special mineral drinks for the Premier League leaders.

Liverpool is at home and is the slight favorite as a result, but it's hard to discount how well Chelsea has started this season and the results it has managed on the road. That said, there was no European football for Liverpool that season, so it was easier to commit to the third cup competition. A record 8 times winners and a record 12 appearances in the final.

And after picking up a knock in Chelsea's win over PAOK last Thursday, Pedro may start from the bench. That was a shocking 7 seasons ago. The Carabao Cup perhaps could get in the way of plans for the biggest of trophies, but how Liverpool get through their fixture workload is important and it can't be done with the same 11 players. Only one of the last 4 LFC managers having landed a club prize - Kenny Dalglish during his brief 18 month return to the hot-seat. We will try to be competitive'.

The Reds are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have looked impressive. It's a hard draw for both teams and it's not that you think in the first two or three rounds you go through somehow and then in the semis it starts getting exciting.

"It's not about the other three competitions tomorrow night". What we have to do is always be at 100 per cent concentration, focus, rhythm, everything.

Klopp feels his so-called "lesser" players can still get the job, and after all games like this are one of the reasons he has added to the depth of his squad.

And what of facing Chelsea twice this week? It's not about changing these players, we want their football personality.

"He had a very intense period before that; he trained with the fitness guys already for 10 days or so before we took him then in normal training".

Waiting patiently for Fabinho to adapt to Liverpool's style of play could be the flawless way for Klopp to introduce him to devastating effect during the tough winter months. Kick off is at 7:45 p.m BST.

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