The Reds are two games away from the end of the campaign, and two victories will clinch a place in next season’s Champions League.
However the 8.15pm kickoff ends, Liverpool will be in a better position, with one or both of their rivals having dropped points in the race for third and fourth.
But which outcome would benefit Jurgen Klopp‘s side the most?
If Leicester beat Chelsea
If Chelsea beat Leicester
- Liverpool would finish above Leicester on goal difference by virtue of four wins
- Small chance of Leicester picking up goal difference; would need big swing vs. Spurs
If Chelsea and Leicester draw
However, it could be argued that with the Foxes playing Tottenham on the final day – and with Spurs still battling to avoid the qualifying rounds of the Europa League – they have a better chance of dropping more points.
Chelsea visit Aston Villa on Sunday, with Dean Smith’s side having won just one of their last eight at home – though the Blues will also have one eye on the Champions League final against Man City on May 29.
A draw could be seen as ideal for Liverpool, as they would then know two wins would see them definitely leapfrog Chelsea and, if they lost to or drew with Spurs, also Leicester, finishing third.
With any result favouring the Reds, supporters have weighed up the possibilities on social media:
Done my calculations. Order of preferred results tonight:
1: Leicester win
3: Chelsea win
Thanks. No further questions. pic.twitter.com/seDXqoBaaA
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) May 18, 2021
Waterfall of preferred results for Liverpool tomorrow:
— Rory Fitzgerald (@RoryFitz9) May 17, 2021
Anything but a Chelsea win. We don’t want to be calculating goal difference on the last day. But Leicester will be hung over, can’t rotate to much and Chelsea will want revenge. In which case they need to tonk Chelsea.
— stylishfella (@stylishfella) May 17, 2021
However, the Blues have taken just eight in their last six at home, while Leicester have won three, drawn two and lost one for 11 points on the road.