Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Venue: Anfield – Wednesday, April 20 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 19/20 – Draw 11/4 – Chelsea 13/5
The Reds come into this one off the back of their 2-0 home win against Watford which ended a run of two games without a victory.
Jurgen Klopp will have eyes on next week’s Europa League final against Sevilla so may rest players but he will be itching for his side to finish the season in the highest position possible, which could potentially be 5th if results go their way.
Liverpool have only lost one of their last 12 home games in the Premier League and are unbeaten in their last seven at Anfield. They have scored 18 goals in those seven games.
Chelsea’s dismal season took another low blow at the weekend as they twice threw away the lead against Sunderland.
Guus Hiddink’s time as interim manager is coming to an end and he has watched Chelsea struggle in recent weeks as they have won just two of their last eight league games.
Chelsea are unbeaten at Anfield in their last four visits, winning two and drawing two, but given their current form and the way their season has gone, it wouldn’t be a surprise if that run came to an end here.
The Blues have already lost to Liverpool this season, the reverse fixture ending in a 3-1 loss in one of Klopp’s first games as manager. Chelsea could potentially finish as low as 13th if results go against them so they need to finish the season with as much dignity as possible and rebuild ahead of the next campaign.
Liverpool have five injury concerns as Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter are all out. Mamadou Sakho is still suspended following the ongoing investigation after his failed blood test.
Chelsea have just three injury concerns. Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma are expected to be out while Pedro is a doubt after he missed the trip to Sunderland. John Terry is serving the first of his two-match ban following his sending off at the weekend in what looks to be a bitter end to his Chelsea career.
Liverpool’s last five: W/W/D/L/W
Chelsea’s last five: L/L/W/D/L
Key Stat: Fast start – The opening goal of this fixture has been scored within the first ten minutes in four of the last five meetings in the Premier League.
Key Player: Daniel Sturridge – The Englishman has scored eight goals in a season riddled with injuries. He will want to get one over on his former club and impress Klopp in the hope of securing a starting position for the Europa League final.
Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea – Liverpool have been scoring freely at home and face a Chelsea side who will be willing the season to end. Klopp may rest some players but will be fielding a team to win this game and he will expect nothing less in a tie which usually has plenty of action.