Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns going into the game with long-term absentees Martin Kelly (knee), Joe Allen and Fabio Borini (both shoulder) the only faces in the Anfield treatment room.
Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Marko Marin are back in training for Chelsea, while captain John Terry is chasing a second consecutive start after his brace and clean sheet against Fulham on Wednesday.
What the managers said…
“We’ve got five games to go and we go into games with the attitude to win. It’s important for us to finish well and finish strong, with a good mentality. That is our focus. Sunday’s game provides us with a big challenge – a team that is the current European champions and a team that, for the opening period of the season, were top of the league.We understand the task. In the big games this year, we might not have always had the results but the performances have been very good and we hope that we can continue with that.” Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool to finish the season strongly (liverpoolfc.com)
“I have a lot of friends and memories from my time at Liverpool but I’ll try to concentrate on the game. You need to use your common sense. I am committed to Chelsea and to achieving our targets. Obviously, I was at Liverpool for six years and we won a lot of trophies, so I hope the fans appreciate that. However, they will also understand that I am their opponent on Sunday and they will support their own team.” Rafael Benitez insists he won’t allow sentiment cloud his judgement when he returns to Liverpool on Sunday (BBC Sport)
Pre-match Statistic: Liverpool have tasted victory in four of their last five Premier League games against Chelsea, losing none.
Prediction: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea