Chelsea travel to Liverpool to lock horns with Kenny Dalglish’s men for the second time in three days, following on from the weekend's FA Cup final encounter.
Roberto di Matteo’s men are in fine fettle and basking in glory after destroying Liverpool’s dream of clinching the first domestic cup double since the Kings Road men did the same in 2007.
On the league front Liverpool have nothing but pride to play for, and a win would propel them into the top eight. The Reds' form has been particularly poor at home, where Dalglish’s team have won one in eight whilst losing four of the last six.
Chelsea have underachieved in the league but this has been glossed over by sparkling runs in the FA Cup and Champions League. Although the priority is to prepare for Bavaria, the Blues will be very confident after their Wembley triumph.
It’s a dead rubber game for Liverpool but there is still hope that Chelsea can claim the fourth Champions League spot. Unless Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on May 19 their only hope of playing in Europe’s premier competition is by winning their last two matches and securing a top four finish.
The Blues are in sixth place with 61 points and with two games left to play, are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham on 66 points. Harry Redknapp’s team have one game left against Fulham next Sunday so there is still a slim mathematical chance that Chelsea could sneak into fourth.
In his pre match press conference Kenny Dalglish said: “It would be fitting if we could finish off at home with a victory.
“Everyone knows the home results haven’t been great this season despite some excellent performances along the way.
"It would be a little bit of solace for the punters who have given us tremendous support throughout the season if we could get a win.
"We want them to go home with a certain amount of satisfaction and we can do that by getting the three points.
"It would be fantastic for everyone to get a positive result – for both the players and the supporters."
The match will see Fernando Torres’ first return to Anfield and critics will have a great chance to compare the £85 million men as both the Spaniard and Andy Carroll look to finish the season with a bang.
Although many are still very frustrated and angry by his switch to Chelsea I believe it is not right to direct abuse at an individual trying to ply their trade. It wouldn’t be accepted in any profession, nor should it be entertained at Anfield.
The modern game does not encourage club loyalty and with spiralling wages, choices, agents and freedom to move, one-club stalwarts are fast becoming a novelty.
No player is bigger than the badge, and I agree that is utterly futile to try and force an unhappy player to stay. In such instances it’s important to sell at an inflated price and look to buy suitable replacements.
After all, he’s doing his job and the club received £50 million for him during a period where he was woefully out of form. The poor form has followed him to Chelsea but Liverpool were able to fund the purchase of Carroll and Luis Suarez.
It would be a wonderful testament to the support if the Liverpool fans applauded and thanked the Chelsea hitman’s considerable contribution to the club.
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