Liverpool vs Chelsea preview the blues can secure a top-four finish with a win at Anfield tonight and spoil Liverpool’s title party in the process.
Frank Lampard’s side head to Merseyside full of confidence having booked a place in the FA Cup final with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
Maximum points for the Blues will guarantee a return to the Champions League next season, regardless of the outcome of their final game at home to Wolves.
And they are unlikely to be in the mood to take it easy, despite their Wembley heroics.
Liverpool will receive the Premier League trophy at full-time but form has deserted Jurgen Klopp’s men when they were bidding to add further gloss to an impressive campaign.
They have dropped more points in the five games since becoming champions than they had in their previous 40 top-flight matches.
A 4-0 drubbing at Manchester City was followed by wins over Aston Villa and Brighton before a home draw with Burnley and a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.
While Liverpool will draw confidence from the fact Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet on their Premier League travels since a 2-0 win at Tottenham in December, the visitors can call on an in-form match-winner.
In Olivier Giroud, Lampard has a striker capable of finding the net when the manager needs it the most.
The Frenchman, 33, was seemingly destined for the exit back in January but six goals in 10 league games have given him a new lease of life.
And Klopp will be only too aware that the World Cup winner could inflict further misery as his title-winners stutter towards the finish line.
Did you know?
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has had 10 attempts on goal (six on target) during his last two Premier League games but failed to find the net.
Salah’s team-mate Roberto Firmino has yet to score in a league game at Anfield this season.
The champions are unbeaten in 58 Premier League home games, winning 17 of their 18 at Anfield so far this season. If they avoid defeat against Chelsea, it will be the ninth time they’ve finished a top-flight campaign unbeaten at home.