Jurgen Klopp’s side face a potentially season-defining visit from Maurizio Sarri’s Blues as they look to keep their title ambitions on track
With one foot into the Champions League semi-finals after their midweek win over Porto, Liverpool turn their attention back to their pursuit of Premier League glory as they welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday.
Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino ensured that the Reds’ dream of European success remains on the right track but their fate remains out of their hands domestically thanks to Manchester City‘s game in hand.
Jurgen Klopp knows that the best his side can hope for is for Pep Guardiola’s men to slip up over the final few weeks, but he will be acutely aware that his own side have to deliver the goods, particularly against another ferocious opponent.
Maurizio Sarri’s Blues are themselves embroiled in a battle to claim a top four spot and Champions League football next season, though they left it late to seal victory in their Europa League tie on Thursday after Marcos Alonso scored an 86th minute winner against Slavia Prague.
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League and can be streamed via BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go Extra|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher|
|Defenders||Van Dijk, Moreno, Matip, Robertson Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Phillips|
|Midfielders||Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson|
|Forwards||Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi|
Confirmed Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Salah
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Bulka|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Emerson|
|Midfielders||Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi, Moses, Willian, Kovacic|
|Forwards||Hazard, Giroud, Higuain|
Confirmed Chelsea starting XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Hazard
Betting & Match Odds
Liverpool are odds-on favourites to take the win at 4/6 with bet365. Chelsea are 17/4 to snatch the three points while a draw is available at 16/5.
On track to reach the Champions League for the second season in a row with a win against Porto on Tuesday, Liverpool must return their attention to their dreams of a maiden Premier League crown as they prepare for the visit of Chelsea.
The Reds lead the table by two points heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures, with Manchester City snapping at their heels – and they could be displaced from the top of the pile by the time they walk out at Anfield due to their rivals’ earlier kick-off against Crystal Palace.
Coupled with the fact that Pep Guardiola’s side still have a game in hand and it remains absolutely essential for Jurgen Klopp that his side prevail in all of their remaining domestic encounters to give themselves the best possible chance of claiming silverware.
Their win over their Portuguese visitors at least gives them an advantage for the reverse second leg in Europe later this week, but it will be the Blues who occupy their mind first and foremost.
Maurizio Sarri’s side picked up a win themselves on the continent, in the Europa League on Thursday against Slavia Prague, but will be just as focused on sealing a top four spot in the Premier League to seal a Champions League place next season too, making them a serious threat for their hosts.
Klopp has already highlighted the danger of Eden Hazard, who is back in the fold after being rested in midweek, as a key player for the visitors, though one he believed his side could neutralise.
“Eden Hazard on his day, he can be the world’s best immediately,” he told his pre-match press conference. “He [has] had a brilliant career, and it’s not over. He has a lot of things I like in football; he’s a good player.
“But like all good players, he has to play against us, and we [will] try everything to deny at least a couple of his skills. That would help us.”
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Chelsea star Willian has also talked up the quality that Liverpool possess, noting that they represent a serious threat and are currently in excellent form.
“We know that [they are good],” he noted. “We know how they play, we know how dangerous they are.
“They have great players. They are in a good moment, so we have to be ready.”