Rio Ferdinand hammers Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge for 'making excuses'

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists victory for his runaway Premier League leaders in tonight's heavyweight showdown at Anfield would deal a near-fatal blow to Liverpool's title aspirations.

Many media outlets are reporting Sadio Mane could feature against Chelsea after Senegal were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations, but one would be surprised if he started.

The club sent a private jet to Gabon on Sunday following Senegal's exit from the competition but issues with the flight delayed Mané's arrival back home until Monday evening, meaning he missed training.

"It is easy to talk about poor planning and why we didn't think about having another player like him, but if you look back a month we were all expecting that the team would continue the same way".

Liverpool are desperate to revive their season after three successive home defeats in all competitions and Klopp is anxious to get Mane, scorer of nine Premier League goals this season, back as soon as possible. I repeat we must pay great attention because of the great atmosphere and Liverpool is a really good team. We have to make a decision. We are not flying, and we started in the worst possible way. "At least for the Hull game, that is good for us, we have a very good player back for selection, it is only good news".

Thibaut Courtois was handed a well deserved rest in the weekend FA Cup clash and he is now surely set to return between the sticks for Chelsea, with Asmir Begovic making way. They may have scored more than anyone else, with fifty-one, but you can not rely on attacking players to make up for poor defending.

Kohli likely to continue as opener in Nagpur
He did not feature in a single ODI against England , too, despite being awarded the Man of the Series against New Zealand. This is just the case of Rohit not being there and because I have opened in IPL and I have a fair idea of it.

"We grew a lot".

Chelsea visit Anfield on Tuesday night with the Premier League title on the line. "We might get dismantled in the next game but the last two (FA Cup) games have been unbelievable".

"It's important to win this type of game, increase your confidence, take three points from a rival", added Conte, who took charge after coaching his native Italy at last year's European Championship. We could, however, be left with no more than a tussle for Champions League qualification after the next two rounds of fixtures. It is never nice when you lose a game but Jurgen has went and played four or five British players and given them a chance.

They only have the eighth best defensive record in the league, with twenty-seven goals conceded in their twenty-two games.

Brendan Rodgers has warned under-fire Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge he must give more to the team if he wants to become a regular part of Jurgen Klopp's first-choice XI.

"If we are able to find a good replacement, he'll go".


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