Van Dijk faces fitness test ahead of Chelsea clash

Mark Hughes during a Southampton FC press conference at the Staplewood Campus

Mark Hughes during a Southampton FC press conference at the Staplewood Campus

This week sees Chelsea Football Club and Liverpool FC lock horns twice in the space of three days.

Liverpool and Chelsea meet this weekend in Premier League, but before that, they will square off in the opening match of the 2018-19 Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

It may sound like a grand statement to say this is the strongest Liverpool group of players have had to call on, but Klopp has at least two top-level performers who could fit into every position and that is the sign of a top quality group of players.

Liverpool and Chelsea are both unbeaten this season and are now first and third in the Premier League respectively.

Change is evident under Sarri, with the manager having introduced a pro-attacking and possession-based style of play at Stamford Bridge which has helped him to get the best out of his players.

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The trio of Russell, Wiggins and Towns would give the Timberwolves a very talented core of players all under the age of 24. Trading for a 29-year-old Butler and paying him $190 million until he's 34 may fall under the category of skipping steps.

For the moment, it seems the Brazilian will have to settle for appearances in other competitions and Kopites suspect the Carabao Cup could be his opportunity to shine. That always needs time and they were always used to other football teams.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk faces a fitness test to be ready for tomorrow's League Cup clash with Chelsea, while fellow defender Dejan Lovren is available after shaking off a pelvic injury, manager Juergen Klopp said today. "It needs to be natural".

Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda.

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. He proved his quality during his time as a Southampton player, convincing Liverpool to spend an enormous amount on recruiting him. To improve something you need half a year to make the next step. Roy Hodgson's XI was full of players with little or no chance of getting into his first team - and it showed all evening. That's it. We are not changing these players. There's also the small matter of a six-year trophy drought, going back to this competition in 2011-12, with many supporters believing the club can't afford to be dismissive about any silverware.

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