Chelsea out to defy Liverpool at Stamford BridgeLast updated on May 06, 2018, 02:34 pm
Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool face each other in a crunch encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Fifth-placed Chelsea trail Liverpool by six points but have a game in hand.
A win for the hosts could really spice up things involving the two clubs and Tottenham Hotspur for a place in top four.
There is plenty at stake.
Here is our pre-match report.
Team news and updates
Marcos Alonso could be set to face Liverpool as his three-match suspension is coming to an end.
David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu miss out due to injuries.
Liverpool have many worries especially with several key players missing.
Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Emre Can miss out.
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is already out for the remainder of the season.
Adam Lallana is recovering from hamstring problems.
What have the managers said?
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte feels his side need to start well for three crucial points as the aim is to fight for an UCL berth. Reds manager assured his team isn't thinking about Champions League finale and will treat this game as a semi-final.
Both teams involved in a crunch situation
Chelsea need a victory in order to keep their hopes alive for a top-four finish.
Liverpool too aren't yet assured of an UCL berth as of now.
With Spurs losing to West Brom on Saturday, the situation has got very interesting.
Chelsea have to make the most out of their recent form and go into this game knowing they need to give it all.
Blues need to stop Mo Salah
With the Egyptian King Mohamed Salah in top form, Chelsea will be aware of the threat he possesses. Liverpool's front three have been magical this season and Salah has been top notch with 31 goals in the Premier League. Chelsea defense have work to do.
Stat attack: Chelsea vs Liverpool
Chelsea are on a run of winning four successive games across all competitions.
In the past six meetings between them, Chelsea haven't been able to beat Liverpool.
Liverpool have conceded in 13 straight games against Chelsea.
In last 12 PL matches this season, Liverpool have kept 7 clean sheets.
Salah needs one goal to set PL record of most goals in a 38-game season.