Chelsea vs. Liverpool
Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 4.30pm (BST)
Referee: Anthony Taylor
What a time this is to be a Reds supporter.
For now, though, Premier League commitments take precedence for what feels like the first time in a while.
Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge is another massive game for Liverpool, who know that victory will officially see them finish in the top four this season.
Legs will be tired after their excursions against Roma, however, and Chelsea will turn up full of confidence after a good run of form.
Victory for them this weekend would take them to within three points of Liverpool with a game in hand, although the Reds’ superior goal difference (+36 to Chelsea‘s +27) works heavily in their favour.
This will be an almighty test for Klopp’s men, and coming away from west London with either a draw or a win would represent another huge result in an increasingly special season.
If they lose, it will make for final-day nerves at home to Brighton a week on Sunday, where a win will likely be required.
Last Meeting: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Adam Lallana has a chance of making the matchday squad, but the 29-year-old’s role is still unknown.
Klopp will consider making changes to his starting lineup after the players’ efforts at Stadio Olimpico, but this is such an important game that he cannot afford too many alterations.
With Lallana highly unlikely to feature from the beginning and Ben Woodburn still making just one appearance this season, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner are likely midfield starters once again.
David Luiz is the only Chelsea player unavailable, with the Brazilian missing with a knee injury.
Last 5 at Chelsea (All Competitions)
Won 2-1 – September, 2016 (Costa; Lovren, Henderson)
Won 3-1 – October, 2015 (Ramires; Coutinho x2, Benteke)
Drew 1-1 – May, 2015 (Terry; Gerrard)
Lost 1-0 – January, 2015 (Ivanovic)
Lost 2-1 – December, 2013 (Hazard, Eto’o; Skrtel)
One piece of advice for visiting fan: “Away fans who turn up within 30 minutes of the gates opening (two hours before kickoff) can get a pint of beer, hot dog or pie for £2.50 inside the stadium,” he added.
Did You Know?
The Reds have been victorious on their last two trips there, however, winning 2-1 last season and 3-1 the previous year.
Chelsea – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon, Klopp stressed the need for a renewed push as the Reds pursue a top-four finish:
“The whole season is a constant challenge, we really fought so hard so far, now we have to finish the job.
“Yes, of course it’s an advantage for Chelsea not playing in the week but we had a big success, even if we lost the game.
“It will be the same intensity as in Rome, Chelsea need to win and we want to.
“It’s clear that we can make life easier for ourselves if we get a result at Chelsea, but it was always a difficult place [to go] and will stay [the same] in the future.
“We try everything to be 100 percent ready, that’s it.”
TV & Live Blog Info
The pre-game coverage is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4.15pm (BST), with proceedings getting underway at Stamford Bridge at 4.30pm.