Since their confirmation as Premier League winners, Liverpool have suffered a dip in form but will be looking to sign off their home campaign in style when Chelsea come visiting.
The Blues take on the champions knowing that a win would secure a top-four spot. On the other hand, Liverpool hope to complete an unbeaten home league campaign for the second season in a row.
Liverpool have stuttered in recent weeks. Since becoming champions, they have dropped more points in 5 games (8) than they did in the first 32 (7). However, their home league record had been perfect up until recently, when Burnley held them to a 1-1 draw.
The Blues are currently in a rich vein of form. They have won four of the last five in all competitions, with a victory against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final the latest one.
There have been three meetings in three different competitions this season already. The Reds triumphed in the August’s UEFA Super Cup final on penalties before defeating the Blues on their own turf eight days later. However, Chelsea came out on top in March’s FA Cup tie.
As formidable as Liverpool have been at home in recent years, it is worth noting that they have only won one out the last five Anfield meetings between the two.
Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson will both miss the clash through injuries although the latter will be lifting the trophy after the final whistle. James Milner’s availability is also uncertain.
For the fifth game running, Chelsea will be unable to call upon Ngolo Kante. The Frenchman has consistently battled with injuries this season which could prompt Chelsea into looking for potential replacements.
Billy Gilmour is also ruled out following his knee surgery not too long ago. Christian Pulisic sat out the FA Cup game due to a slight injury although he’s expected to return for the game.
Liverpool team prediction (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Keita, Wijnaaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino
Chelsea team prediction (4-3-3): Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Giroud, Willian