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Liverpool cannot afford to drop points when they take on Chelsea at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Reds are right in the middle of a title fight and need to win the remaining five games if they want to stand a chance of winning the title. Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently top of the table with 82 points after 33 games. They lead defending champions Manchester City by two points but have played a game more.
Thus, it is vital for Liverpool to keep winning and hope for the Citizens to drop points in a game or two. Chelsea are the highest-placed opponent the Reds will face in the remaining five games as the other four teams are Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle, and Wolves.
Further, the Reds will be buoyed by their 2-0 win in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals against FC Porto and will look to carry the momentum into the match.
Coming to the visitors, Chelsea may not be fighting for the title but are right in the middle of the battle for finishing in the top four. The Blues are currently fourth in the PL table with 66 points from 33 games.
Thus, Maurizio Sarri’s side needs to be at their absolute best to secure Champions League football for next season. However, they do have another route to achieve that goal in the form of the Europa League.
Chelsea are one of the favorites to win the competition, and if they do so, they are through to the group stages of the Champions League as Europa League winners. The Blues secured a crucial 1-0 away win against Slavia Prague in the first leg of the quarterfinals and will look to get the job done in the return leg at Stamford Bridge next week.
Injuries and Suspensions
Klopp almost has the entire squad at his disposal. Andrew Robertson is once again available after missing out on the UCL game midweek due to suspension. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to build his match-fitness along with Joe Gomez while Adam Lallana should be available once again for Sunday after missing out the last two games.
Sarri also has an entire squad to pick from with Marco van Ginkel and youngster Ethan Ampadu, the only absentees.
The Reds have failed to beat their visitors at home in any of their previous six attempts in the Premier League. Further, Chelsea already won at Anfield this season, a 2-1 win in the EFL Cup back in September.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Prediction
Klopp’s men are unbeaten in their last 17 PL games against top-six opponents at Anfield while the Blues have lost their previous five away PL games in a row against top-six opponents.
Further, Liverpool are now on a 37-game unbeaten run at Anfield as Klopp is turning the home ground into a fortress. Thus, the match promises to be an extremely close one with two in-form teams taking on each other. However, Liverpool’s quest for their first title since 1990 could give them the extra incentive to edge a hotly-contested match.
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Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Mane, Firmino
Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Higuain
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