Until recently, Jose Mourinho featured in the “job for life” bracket i, seemingly untouchable and a man who looked likely to get a statue outside Stamford Bridge one day.

Owner Roman Abramovich seemed to have similar thoughts, giving Mourinho a new four-year contract in August, but now it seems that deal is not so much a symbol of the club’s continuing commitment to their manager, but more a reason he hasn’t been sacked yet due to a £30 million payoff.

Chelsea v Liverpool

Liverpool might privately consider this an opportunity to gain revenge over all things José Mourinho. Forget for a moment the antipathy which grew between the clubs during the Portuguese’s first spell in England: since he returned to Chelsea in 2013 there has been that Steven Gerrard slip at Anfield and an acrimonious League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. Now the hosts appear vulnerable, languishing in 15th place with pressure mounting on the manager. Jürgen Klopp, bolstered by a first win at his new club in midweek, could lay down a marker in south-west London at Mourinho’s expense. Dominic Fifield

Kick-off Saturday 3.45pm

Venue Stamford Bridge

Last season Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

Referee Mark Clattenburg

OddsH 11-10 A 11-4 D 5-2



Subs from Amelia, Blackman, Aina, Djilobodji, Rahman, Traoré, Mikel, Oscar, Falcao, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Pedro, Rémy

Doubtful Costa (rib), Fàbregas (knock), Hazard (knock), Pedro (knock)

Injured Ivanovic (hamstring, 7 Nov), Courtois (knee, Dec)

Suspended None


Discipline Y21 R3

Leading scorers Costa, Willian 2


Subs from Bogdan, Lovren, Firmino, Ibe, Allen, Teixeira, Origi, Chirivella, Brannagan, Randall, Sinclair

Doubtful None

Injured Henderson (foot, 21 Nov), Rossiter (hamstring, 21 Nov), Touré (hamstring, 21 Nov), Flanagan (knee, Dec), Gomez (knee, May), Ings (knee, May), Sturridge (knee, unknown)

Suspended None


Discipline Y22 R1

Leading scorer Benteke 3