Despite just earning a place in the Champions League final, Liverpool need to make sure they will be in the competition next season. A game at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea means being ready; anything but a home win means an end to the possibility of Liverpool missing out.
A run of three wins and the impressive form of Gary Cahill, N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas has been key to Chelsea coming back to life in the Champions League race. Reliant on the quality of Eden Hazard and William to feed off an ailing Alvaro Morata, Chelsea will be looking to keep their resurgence alive.
The return of Marcos Alonso is a big one, who can do a lot to help keep young Trent Alexander-Arnold back. The back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Cahil and Antonio Rudiger offers Chelsea solidity to build on.
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Liverpool, meanwhile, could be forgiven for being tired. A 7-6 aggregate win over Roma means they will meet Real Madrid in the Final. However, with such exertions, it would be no surprise to see one of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane sit this one out.
Midfield options are thin, too, and someone like Ben Woodburn or Curtis Jones could come into the side to give one of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum or James Milner a rest. At the back, Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren will play together, with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez likely to miss out.
Match-up to Watch
How the Reds handle the forward play of Hazard, Willian, ex-Red Victor Moses and Alonso will matter. It will be interesting to see how they deal with the pace of a Chelsea side who know they are at the last-chance saloon.