Following Wednesday’s euphoria of reaching their 8th European final, the Reds’ attention will now be focused on the game against Chelsea. With the game having a huge implication on either team’s Champions League qualification for next season, expect it to be a feisty affair. Klopp himself had said that “the most important game in my career so far is the Chelsea game on Sunday and then Brighton could be very important as well”.
Ahead of the Battle For Fourth, here are the team news and things we should take note.
Liverpool’s Team News
Although the team remained unscathed following their trip to Rome, they still have many players on the treatment table. As a result, we should expect a largely unchanged side at the Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere, Klopp has provided an injury update on Lallana. He has revealed that Lallana “Adam trained his first real football session in Rome in the morning after the game”. However, the German has no intention of rushing the Englishman’s return so it remains to be seen if he’ll be involved in Sunday’s match.
Regarding Gomez, he’ll be assessed before the game after picking up a knock against Stoke City last weekend. A decision will also be made on Monday on whether Emre Can is allowed to return to full training.
Chelsea’s Team News
Conte has reported that they do not face any new injury problems. Alonso would be available for selection following his 3-game suspension.
The Blues boss has made clear that victory is the ultimate goal on Sunday. Speaking to the media, he said: “Our focus is to finish in the best possible way and fight for a Champions League place. The situation is not in our hands but we have to try and the way to start is three points against Liverpool.”
Sunday’s match will pit Salah against another of his old team. Though he was unusually quiet against Roma, expect him to bounce back against the Blues. After all, the Egyptian rarely have back-to-back poor games. A goal at Stamford Bridge will make him the outright top scorer of the competition with 32 goals.
With Morata and Giroud blowing hot and cold, the main danger man for Chelsea will lie in the form of Hazard. Due to his ability to drift from wide to infield, he adds a certain element of unpredictability into Chelsea’s game. With 12 goals in the league, the burden will be on Hazard to lead his team to victory. Keeping him quiet would go a long way towards securing a result against the Londoners.