Liverpool head to Chelsea looking to improve away record against the top six

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Frank Lampard's Chelsea take on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in one of the first big clashes of the new Premier League season.

Whilst both sides suffered defeat in their opening Champions League fixture midweek - Chelsea to Valencia, and Liverpool to Napoli - their fortunes domestically thus far have been far from identical.

Klopp's Liverpool have picked up exactly where they left off last season, storming to five wins from their opening five fixtures, and opening up an already promising looking five-point lead over last season's champions Manchester City. 

Chelsea, meanwhile, despite playing some great football under club legend Lampard, are still yet to convince many fans, having claimed eight points from a possible 15 - and having conceded a worrying 11 goals already. 

Having suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in their opening fixture, the Blues have claimed two wins and two draws from their following four games, with the performances of youngsters Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori offering much encouragement to Chelsea and England fans alike. 

Abraham in particular has forced his way into the spotlight, having hit seven goals in just his first four games, further building on the promise that he displayed for last year's play-off champions Aston Villa - where he bagged an impressive 25 goals in just 37 league appearances. 

Mount's tally of three goals so far has also grabbed the eye, although an ankle injury picked up against Valencia in their 1-0 loss has left a question mark against his name in terms of whether he will be fit in time to feature against their high-flying rivals. 

Liverpool's heavy hitters have also wasted no time in getting up and running this season, with both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah notching four times apiece in the league already, whilst the final part of their fearsome front three - Roberto Firmino - has registered twice, but added a further three assists. 

Last Year

The clash at Stamford Bridge last season ended in a 1-1 draw, after a game largely short of quality in the final third, and both scorers in that game - Eden Hazard and Daniel Sturridge - have since left the Premier League for pastures new. 

Chelsea v Liverpool - Premier League

Chelsea's league-high average this season of 4.4 goals witnessed per game, however, makes a repeat of this scenario unlikely, with Liverpool also averaging almost four goals per game in their opening fixtures. 

Liverpool's Away Record

One worry for Liverpool's fans is their much-discussed poor away record against the league's top six, with Klopp having claimed only one victory from his previous 12 attempts, conceding 22 goals and scoring just 12.

Their win over Newcastle last weekend did see Liverpool record a 14th consecutive league win, however, the first time in the competition's history such a run has ever taken place.

The red-hot Reds record is even more impressive when combined with the fact that they have also scored more than once in each of those wins, showing just how irrepressible their front three has been in recent months. 

Team News

Last season's £62.5 million man Alisson remains sidelined for the title-chasing reds, with deputy Adrian to feature between the sticks once again. 

Fellow big-money arrival Naby Keita, and Champions League hero Divock Origi have both also made positive progress in their rehabilitation attempts, but remain unlikely to feature.

Chelsea are still without left-back Emerson and centre back Antonio Rudiger, whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi and the world-class N'Golo Kante face late fitness test as to their availability.

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