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May 8, 2012 3:00 PM EDT
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29′ Daniel Agger
 
 

Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Chelsea

Merseysiders will hope for a win at Anfield after just five home victories all season, but the Blues will hope for another victory to boost morale ahead of Champions League final.

By Arthur Virgo

FA Cup Final, Liverpool v Chelsea, Didier Drogba; Glen Johnson
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique

Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing
Suarez, Carroll
CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand

Ramires, Essien, Meireles
Sturridge
, Torres, Malouda

Liverpool may start Andy Carroll in place of Craig Bellamy after the forward's arrival in Saturday's FA Cup final heralded a vastly improved display, but could name a lineup unchanged from the defeat.

With only pride to play for, manager Kenny Dalglish could look to give game time to squad players such as Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt or Jonjo Shelvey.

Central midfielders Lucas and Charlie Adam are out for the rest of the season with knee injuries.

Chelsea is looking ahead to its Champions League final on Saturday week and will likely start suspended quartet Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Raul Meireles and Ramires. In any case, center backs David Luiz and Gary Cahill are out with hamstring injuries.

Ryan Bertrand and Florent Malouda started against Newcastle last week and could retain their places, while Michael Essien was unused in the cup final and could be given a run-out.

Fernando Torres has started the last few league games under Roberto Di Matteo as has Daniel Sturridge, and the pair could be given the chance to end their season on a high at Anfield.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool is ninth in the table but has qualified for the Europa League next season with a League Cup win over Cardiff.
  • The Reds' home form has been at the heart of the team's troubles this season, with just five wins at Anfield in the league.
  • Kenny Dalglish's side is four points behind local rival Everton in seventh place with a game in hand, and has not finished below the Toffees in the league since 1994.
  • Luis Suarez is the club's top scorer with 11 league goals this season.
  • Chelsea triumphed in Saturday's FA Cup final 2-1 after goals from Ramires and Drogba sealed victory despite a second half goal from Andy Carroll.
  • The Blues' season will end in the Champions League final on 19 May against Bayern Munich at the German side's home - the Allianz Arena.
  • Roberto Di Matteo's side is in sixth place in the league and four points off the fourth placed Champions League position, meaning qualification through the league is out of his team's hands.
  • Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge are the Blues' joint top scorers with 11 goals each in the league.


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20 0
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