Chelsea have this evening been dealt a blow on the injury-front, after defender Emerson was forced off during the first-half of the club’s meeting with Liverpool.
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Frank Lampard’s men are currently locked in action with the Reds, in a high-profile Premier League matchup.
The Blues will head into proceedings hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance, having fallen to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia in their Champions League curtain-raiser during the week.
This came just when it looked as though Chelsea had turned their early-season troubles around, with a 5-2 thumping of Wolves last weekend.
Visitors Liverpool, meanwhile, were also put to the sword in their European opener on Tuesday night.
An entertaining affair at the Stadio San Paolo saw Napoli notch a pair of late goals, to take early control of Champions League Group E.
“Revenge for the Champions League final!”
Fernando Llorente pounces on a rare Van Dijk error to bag his first Napoli goal and become an instant hero at his new club! pic.twitter.com/omUucs0u8F
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The early exchanges at Stamford Bridge this evening, though, have seen Liverpool get their form firmly back on track.
First-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino have Jurgen Klopp’s men in firm control of proceedings in London.
And, in another source of concern for struggling Chelsea, the Blues were also dealt a blow on the personnel front.
Just moments after Liverpool took the lead courtesy of Alexander-Arnold’s sublime free-kick, Emerson Palmieri limped off, to be replaced by Marcos Alonso.
As things stand, it remains unclear what the Brazilian’s issue was, but he immediately appears to be in doubt for Chelsea’s upcoming run of fixtures.
We’re forced in to an early change.
Emerson makes way for Alonso.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 22, 2019