Liverpool vs Chelsea EPL Preview: Brendan Rodgers hoping Liverpool clinch win to widen gap at top

Brendan Rodgers’ in-form Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield for a massive English Premier League clash. Liverpool need seven points from their last three games to guarantee a first league title since 1989-90.

With a win over Jose Mourinho’s side, Rodgers could go eight points ahead at the top with two games to play. Liverpool have their chance and are hoping to get over the hurdle to finish off a successful season.

Mourinho has suggested he will rest key players at Anfield, ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The Portuguese manager worked with Brendan Rodgers at Chelsea between 2004 and 2007. Both managers know enough of each other’s game plan which makes an even more interesting set up.

Striker Daniel Sturridge faces a race for fitness as he’s nursing a return from a hamstring injury. The England international who has played a huge role in Liverpool’s title challenge this season missed last week’s win at Norwich. Defensive-midfielder Lucas Leiva is likely to miss out, while on-loan winger Victor Moses is ineligible against his parent club. Jordan Henderson serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Chelsea are hit by injuries to goalkeeper Petr Cech (shoulder), captain John Terry (ankle), playmaker Eden Hazard (calf) and Samuel Eto’o (knee), while midfielder Ramires’ season is over after he received a four-match ban for striking Sebastian Larsson in the loss to Sunderland.

Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are expected to play as both are ineligible in Europe. Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel will be serving  Champions League bans so both midfielders might be chosen by Mourinho.