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Chelsea will host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tonight in the FA Cup fifth round tie.
Both sides have faced each other twice this season, and Liverpool came on top on both occasions. However, this third meeting might mean more to Chelsea than Liverpool.
According to Chelsea hero Pat Nevin, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has the advantage as he could slightly rotate his side for this game and put up a fresh but yet strong squad to face Liverpool, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might not have that opportunity to line up a quality squad as he has his eyes set on the Premier League and Champions League.
Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “I reckon Jurgen Klopp has more questions on his mind than Frank has for this one. Chelsea will probably freshen up a few faces and rest one or two legs after an intense period of games. Liverpool on the other hand have to consider whether some major star names need serious rest, with the league still to be tied up and the Champions League match against Atleti at Anfield around the corner, the most important game of the season currently printed in their fixture list.
“Will they field a second string 11? It must be a temptation. In the FA Cup they generally have, even against Everton, but this is the business end of the tournament so of course he will put out as strong a side as he feels is sensible.
“We can’t do much about Liverpool’s selection policy, but Frank will be enjoying the new lease of life from a few players. Olivier Giroud is leading the line fantastically well after his time on the bench and it must be said that since his broken nose and new face mask, Andreas Christensen has looked a different player. Well he does look different, everyone does when they wear a mask, but you know what I mean. He has looked strong, fit, confident and regarding his pace in difficult situations, he appears to have got that effortless overdrive back.
“The main man who has come back with a vengeance is of course Marcus Alonso. The two goals at the weekend and his customary howitzer against Spurs were all superb and vital for points, but he also nearly scored the winner at Bournemouth and has hit the post with a free-kick as well. He has suffered not necessarily from squad rotation like many others, but from being particularly specialist as a wing-back when we haven’t always played with wing-backs this season. Reece James’ emergence has also limited his chances as Azpi moved over to the left to make it a three-way fight between Marcos, Cesar and Emerson.”