Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, David Luiz, Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren all set for a special Friday night

Updated: September 16, 2016

David Luiz is expected to make his first start for Chelsea since re-joining the Blues following his £34m transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

He will come in for captain John Terry, who misses out after suffering an ankle ligament injury against Swansea during last weekend’s 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile Liverpool welcome back defender Dejan Lovren – he missed Saturday’s impressive 4-1 win over Leicester because of a bruised eye.

It is also expected that Philippe Coutinho will be recalled after being rested for that game after a long flight from Brazil following international duty.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has confirm: “David Luiz will play for the first time with us and we are confident about this.

“We expect him to play very well, with great attention. We know David is a good player and we are working to put him in the best condition to give us the best of him.

“I’m confident for him. He’s a good player and during the training sessions I have been seeing good things.”

Whilst Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had a few words about Chelsea’s Diego Costa: “He is a real warrior on the pitch. He uses his body all the time and that is a quality. He was nearly unstoppable against Swansea.

“He is world class and that’s the best thing football fans can say about you.

“Last season was not a Chelsea season and now they are back on track, so we need to be ready for a real challenge.”

In head-to-head clashes Chelsea have only beaten Liverpool twice in the last nine league meetings at Stamford Bridge and have lost four times. Tonight’s game will be the 175th competitive fixture between the clubs with Liverpool leading 75 wins to Chelsea’s 61.

If the Blues can win, then it would mean three successive home wins in the Premier League for the first time since May 2015.

The Blues have scored at least two goals in each of their opening four league fixtures with Diego Costa already scoring four times.

Antonio Conte is a man who loves to win at home – he has won his last 21 league games at home as a manager!

Liverpool are on a good run and have picked up an impressive 32 points from their last 17 games with only Manchester United doing better with 34.

The Reds are also the top scorers in 2016 with 50 Premier League goals in 2016, and have managed three goals or more in eight matches.

That said there is a slight issue – their only clean sheet during 12 away games in 2016 came against Aston Villa in February and if they don’t keep one tonight it will be their longest run since without a clean sheet since May 2005.

The game kicks off at 8pm and is live on Sky Sports 1.

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