Liverpool will line up in the guard of honour for the champions as Stamford Bridge fans revel in their favourites’ success, with Steven Gerrard presumably braced for a galling afternoon crammed with reminders of that slip and those spurned transfers to these parts. The visitors’ captain will hardly care, and there is likely to be a show of respect from José Mourinho for a player he has always admired. Chelsea should be rested after four days off. Liverpool, clinging to faint hopes of a top-four finish, must become the first visiting team to triumph here this season.
Chelsea Starting 11 –
Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Filipe Luis; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Remy
Beeney, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ake, Matic, Cuadrado, Drogba
Liverpool’s Starting 11 –
Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Can, Gerrard, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Sterling, Lambert
Ward, Toure, Moreno, Lucas, Allen, Ibe, Sinclair