Chelsea will be looking to close in on the top four with a win when Liverpool arrive at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. In contrast, Chelsea's winning the league in 206/17 was more to do with perseverance as you can not manage to slack in a 38 game season. The trio played in Liverpool's 7-6 aggregate Champions League semi-final victory over Roma in midweek, and Klopp trusts that there are not fitness worries for the penultimate league clash of the season.
Chelsea against Liverpool confirmed starting lineups.
Chelsea still need one more defeat for Spurs or Liverpool to have matters back in their own hands, but if they do return to the Champions League, Giroud's goal worth its weight in gold.
By contrast, Stoke's nine-year Premier League stay came to an end on Saturday as in the story of a sorry season, they threw away a lead and then conceded late to lose 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace. Regardless of whether or not Chelsea finish in the top four, it seems likely manager Antonio Conte will leave at the end of the season.
The Anfield club now have just under three weeks to prepare for their biggest game of the season, against a side gunning for their third straight European crown. "In the league, over 38 games, usually the team who deserves to win it wins it". Chelsea had a full week of rest and have their focus entirely on the Premier League now, something they could really take benefit.
"Now we have to recover well and play an important game on Wednesday against Huddersfield".
"We have to win these two games, especially when you play at home".
In head-to-head statistics, these two clubs have met on 157 occasions, with the Reds boasting 71 wins compared to Chelsea's 53 while 43 matches ended in draws.