Tuchel explains reasons for his lineup against Liverpool as he drops some top players

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel made some alterations to his starting line up against Liverpool, with the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud on the bench for this fixture.

See the lineup below

Chelsea starting XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Werner.

Subs: Kepa, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Kovacic, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Giroud.

Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum (c), Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs Adrian, R Williams, N Williams, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Shaqiri, Origi.

Explaining his lineup ahead of kick-off, Tuchel admitted that he went for speed.

“We need speed against a high line and Timo has the speed so this is why he’s in,” he said.

“When the game becomes maybe more deeper and we have more crosses or set-pieces then it’s more for Oli [Giroud] but to start with it’s Timo.

“Reecey in exchange for Callum is for the defensive power and physicality. On the other side, Chilly in for Marcos again is for his speed. Marcos [Alonso] has played very well. He’s a bit taller, stronger on set-pieces and very reliable but Chilly is a bit faster and this is what we expect today because Liverpool attack very fast down the sides with Robertson and Alexander-Arnold. We need to be ready for that.”

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