Barclays Premier League champions, Chelsea, will host Liverpool on Sunday and a win for the original Reds at Stamford Bridge would preserve their chance of securing a Champions League spot for next season.
The rivalry between the two clubs is a very modern one, and you suspect it will be galling for Liverpool who is expected to give their host the customary guard of honour that champions receive after the clash.
Liverpool manager, Brender Rodgers knows they have a job to do if they are to salvage something from this season.
If anything, the fact that the title is already secured, is probably a good thing for the visitors because there may be some level of relaxation among the Chelsea players, and the Reds must do their utmost to capitalise if any complacencies should creep in.
However, it is worthy of note that of all the title winners in Premier League history, this present Chelsea team is probably the most unlikely to take their foot off the gas.
Blues manager, Jose Mourinho said there will be no room for complacencies even as he vowed to ensure that the team’s standards remain high coming into this match, and while the big prize is already secured, he want to add the gloss to an excellent campaign with a win over the Merseysiders.
Liverpool should be more committed, more energetic and more purposeful in their play in this clash as soccer pundits expects them to get a vital point in this game, and if United should suffer a fourth defeat in succession, when they visit Selhurst Park, it is a result that will keep their top-four chances very much alive.
England and Liverpool midfielder, Adam Lallana said Chelsea deserve to be champions. “The table does not lie. They have been the best team throughout the season. You have to respect that.
‘’All I know is, we want to go there and spoil the party. We are looking to go there and cause an upset and put a dent in their celebrations. Finishing in the top four, means a place in Europe’s premier competition and Liverpool are desperate to pressurise fierce rivals, United, who travelled to Palace yesterday and end their campaign at Hull after hosting Arsenal at Old Trafford. United have lost three league matches in a row for the first time in 14 years and a hopeful Lallana said.”
“We can still finish in the top four, but we need to take maximum points now. We will keep fighting right to the end. We all know what can happen.
“United have some tough games to play and I am sure they will drop more points. We have to put pressure on United by going to Stamford Bridge and getting three points. Pressure is a tough thing to deal with.
“We need to beat Chelsea and Palace and hope it all comes down to the final weekend. We all knew that last week was a big week and it was disappointing to only get four points out of the games against West Brom, Hull and QPR.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last four Barclays Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge.
The Reds have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine league matches on the road.
Jose Mourinho has coached Chelsea in 96 BPL matches at Stamford Bridge, losing just one.
Victory over Crystal Palace last Sunday, confirmed Chelsea as Premier League champions and they can now play pressure-free for the remainder of the season. Nevertheless, the Blues will want to maintain their impressive recent record over Liverpool.