After the mauling at the Liberty Stadium a couple of weeks ago, Klopp’s fringe side led by Christian Benteke did the job last weekend against Watford at Anfield. And this mid-week, the Reds will face a crunch fixture against that last year’s title-winning team Chelsea.
Both teams are far away from their plans at the start of the season and hardly have anything left to play for in the season. Guus Hiddink who had a great start to his comeback to Chelsea seems to have lost the plot as it was evident in the loss to Sunderland in the last game and he will want his team to come out this week with full intensity as this is the biggest remaining fixture for them this season.
For Liverpool, the Chelsea game denotes the final home game of the season and with plenty of moments to enjoy throughout the season, the fans will be on the top of their voice wishing the players and the manager the best for their Europa League final at Basel in a week’s time.
Here is the preview of this game along with the team news, predicted line-ups, predictions and betting odds.
The Liverpool vs Chelsea game will be played on Wednesday, the 11th of May at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool. The kick-off is scheduled at 8:00 pm BST (12:30 am IST on Thursday)
Liverpool were dealt a blow in the weekend when it was revealed that goalkeeper Danny Ward is out for the rest of the season through injury. He will join the likes of Henderson, Origi, Ings and Rossiter on the injury list while Sakho remains suspended for this game. With Sturridge playing no part in the weekend’s game, it is expected that Klopp will play the English star along with a full strength squad for the last game of the season at Anfield.
For Chelsea, skipper John Terry will play no part in the season thanks to the red card he picked up in the last game. Zouma and Loic Remy are still sidelined while Pedro is doubtful for this game at Anfield. Costa is expected to lead the line for the visitors who will hope to turn around the recent run of losses.
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Toure, Moreno; Milner, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge
Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Miazga, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Oscar, Hazard, Willian; Costa
Daniel Sturridge vs Gary Cahill
Having played a role in all the three goals in the game against Villarreal, Sturridge will up and raring to go against his former team and will hope to continue his decent run of form in front of goal .However, he will have his work cut out against one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League in Gary Cahill. This will make for an intriguing battle all night long.
Eden Hazard vs Dejan Lovren:
The in-form Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren will be up against one of the trickiest oppositions in the league on Wednesday. Hazard, who has found some form recently will be a big threat for Liverpool on the night and Lovren, who had a great game against the La Liga outfit will hope to stay strong on the night against the Belgian.
Liverpool had gone eight matches without a win in all competitions against Chelsea until the two sides met at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
The Blues took an early lead through Ramires in that match, but a brace from Coutinho and a late strike from Benteke saw Liverpool come from behind to pick up their first league victory under Klopp.
Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea at Anfield since a 4-1 win in May 2012, though, while between them these two sides have kept only one clean sheet in the last nine Premier League meetings.
Liverpool won 3 of their last 5 league game, losing one, and sharing point in 1.
Liverpool won 3 of the last 5 home games and shared point in 2
Chelsea won 1 game in their last 5 league games, lost 3 and shared point in 1
Chelsea won 3 of their last 5 away game and lost out in two
Liverpool have gained some important momentum going into the business end of the tournament and have been scoring freely in the last few games. Chelsea will find it hard to contain the high intensity with which Liverpool will look to start the game and will hope to stay solid for as long as they can to have an outside chance of snatching a point.
Our Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea