Chelsea vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Newly crowned champions Chelsea will be looking for their fourth straight home victory when they entertain Liverpool, who must win to keep alive their slim Champions League hopes.

The inevitable finally arrived for the Blues in their last outing as they narrowly defeated Crystal Palace to end their five-year wait to regain the Premier League, and it was fitting that the best player in the top-flight this season got the only goal of the game; Eden Hazard reacting quickly to head home the rebound from his weak penalty.

Jose Mourinho has overseen a season a great consistency from start to finish, and he will definitely ensure that his team do not lay off over the final three games, particularly not against a Liverpool side with which he has enjoyed a fierce rivalry over the years.

With Hazard so dangerous on the left for Chelsea, it will be interesting to see how Raheem Sterling manages in his attempts to live up the standard the Belgian has set. It has been an overwhelming disappointing campaign for the 20-year-old, who was again outshone last time out by teammate Philippe Coutinho.

The former Inter star scored a fine goal against Queens Park Rangers, but it was Steven Gerrard’s contribution that grabbed all the headlines, heading home what could be his last Liverpool goal after missing a penalty moments earlier. The Reds will surely go for it here, and Gerrard’s range of passing could be a path to success against a strong home rearguard.

Chelsea could make changes to their starting line-up after securing the title, but Oscar is absent with and injury and Diego Costa may not be risked.

Mario Balotelli and Lucas Leiva are in contention to play a part after recovering from respective injuries, with Daniel Sturridge set to be out until September.

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