Liverpool v Chelsea - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

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To be played on Sunday 27th April 2014 at 14:05. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Odds: Liverpool 7/10, Draw 13/4, Chelsea 9/2

Last season: 2-2

Preview & injury news

This is another big game that will go a long way to deciding whether Liverpool will end their 24 year wait for the league title as Jose Mourinho brings his Chelsea side to Anfield. The Blues' boss knows that if his side have any realistic chance of winning the league title, then he has to win against Liverpool as they currently sit five points behind the Reds with three games to go, and there's also Manchester City to add to that equation as they're a point behind Chelsea with a game in hand.

Liverpool go into the game having won 11 consecutive Premier League games to put them odds on to become champions whilst Chelsea's recent form in the league hasn't been the greatest having won three and lost three of their last six league games. Mourinho has hinted that he may play a 'weakened' team at Anfield with their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid delicately poised at 0-0 after the first leg in Spain. It may be 'mind games', but weakened team or not, it should be a fascinating contest at Anfield.

On the injury front, Daniel Sturridge has said he is hopeful of being fit for the game against his former club after missing last week's win against Norwich City with a hamstring problem. Jose Enrique has stepped up his recovery but it seems the Spaniard will only be available again in pre-season after a knee injury, whilst Jordan Henderson serves the second of his three game ban.

For Chelsea, midfielder Ramires starts his suspension after retrospective action from the FA for an elbow on Sebastian Larsson in the defeat to Sunderland last weekend. In midweek Petr Cech sustained a dislocated shoulder, whilst John Terry hobbled off with an ankle injury. Samuel Eto'o is said to have a knee injury whilst there are still question marks over the fitness of Eden Hazard as he has a calf problem. 

Key stats

Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:

Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 30 30 2,694
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 20 26 2,077
Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 14 33 2,761
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 13 31 2,630
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 9 21 1,306
Oscar Chelsea MF 8 32 2,053

Their average possession statistics:

  Possession PercentagePlayed
Chelsea 54.86 35
Liverpool 54.26 35

And the amount of clean sheets they have kept:

  Clean SheetPlayed
Chelsea 16 35
Liverpool 10 35

5 players to watch

Daniel Sturridge - It seems as though Sturridge will be fit enough to line up for the home side against his former club after a hamstring injury, which will be a welcome boost for the Reds. He scored in his last appearance against Chelsea, in the same fixture as last season, and another goal this weekend could be huge in terms of Liverpool taking a big stride towards the title.

Frank Lampard - Though Mourinho says he will field a weakened team, Lampard may well lead the side out after he picked up a yellow card in midweek, meaning he's suspended for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. He could have a telling effect on the game having scored on a few occasions against the hosts in the past. 

Raheem Sterling - At 19 years of age, it's staggering how well Sterling is playing in pressure situations. He opened the scoring in the win against Manchester City and was involved in all three goals against Norwich City last weekend, which has gone a long way to putting Liverpool in charge of the title race. Will he come up with another big performance that helps strengthen the Reds' grip on top spot?

Fernando Torres - Torres played in midweek against Atletico Madrid but Mourinho may be thinking of a different approach going into the second leg, meaning that Torres could face up to his former club again - who really haven't forgiven him for the manner in which he left Anfield. Will he get his first goal against his old club, and damage their title chances?

Glen Johnson - Johnson didn't have the best of games last week against Norwich City, as he was caught in possession on several occasions, something which Chelsea could identify as a weakness. Nevertheless, it's another player in this game who is facing his former club, and the Reds could do with a much more assured performance from the right-back.

Earlier on in the season

Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool, December 2013

Another game where Jose Mourinho locked horns with one of his apprentices, and a game where Mourinho prevailed as his Chelsea side came from behind to win a game full of incident at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool took the lead after Martin Skrtel tapped home from close range when the home side failed to deal with a Philippe Coutinho free-kick, which was awarded for a poor foul by Samuel Eto'o on Jordan Henderson. Eden Hazard equalised as Chelsea began to dominate the game with a well taken goal after the ball had ricochet off Mamadou Sakho. Eto'o put Chelsea in front after stabbing home from close range when Simon Mignolet ought to have prevented it from going in the Liverpool goal. In the second half, Sakho hit the bar with a header, and Luis Suarez had two appeals for a penalty turned down, one from John Terry, and the other after Eto'o appeared to have tripped him but the home side managed to see the game out.

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