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April 21, 2013 4:00 PM BST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
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Oscar 26′
90+6′ Luis Suárez
Eden Hazard 57′ (PG)

Liverpool - Chelsea Preview: Torres seeks his first league goal of 2013 on Anfield return

In a game which the Blues will be searching for their third away win of the year, the Spaniard returns to his old home for only the second time since his £50 million move away

By Ben Cullimore

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard

Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho
CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand
Ramires, Lampard
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Torres

Liverpool remain without Fabio Borini (shoulder), Joe Allen (shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee), who are all ruled out for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (thigh) faces a late fitness test after missing Liverpool's last two games.

As for Chelsea, they face no fresh injury concerns, and with both Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill on the verge of returning to the first team after spells on the sideline through injury, manager Rafael Benitez may well be able to include them in what is certain to be a strong side.

Oriol Romeu (knee) remains Chelsea's only long-term absentee.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time these two sides met at Anfield, Liverpool won in emphatic fashion, beating the Blues 4-1 after going 3-0 in the opening half-hour.
  • The Reds also have history on their side, winning five of the last 10 meetings between the two clubs, with Chelsea winning three games and two ending in draws.
  • Luis Suarez (pictured) has been on fine form all season and leads the Premier League top goalscorers table with 22 goals, double the amount he managed last campaign.
  • The Reds have had the most attempts at goal in Europe this season with 639, leading Real Madrid in second place by 43 shots.
  • Despite scoring five goals in all competitions since the new year, Fernando Torres hasn't scored in a Premier League game since he netted a double against Sunderland at the start of December. He is 14/1 to score two of more on Sunday.
  • The importance of the clash might spur Torres on to score, however, as the Spaniard faces the club he spent four years at, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances.
  • Chelsea's victory in midweek against Fulham was only their second away win in the league in 2013, and before that game they were on a three game losing streak away from Stamford Bridge.


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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
10CoutinhoMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
35Conor CoadyDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
24Oussama AssaidiStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
4David LuizDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
26John TerryDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12Victor MosesMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
19Demba BaStriker
Players to Watch
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
29 29 5 0
With the Uruguayan striker in such fantastic form this season, the emphasis is surely going to be on his performance in front of goal. Despite not scoring in a Premier League game in over a month, this season Liverpool have only won four times in the league when he hasn't been on the scoresheet, with 16 of his 22 league goals coming in matches which the Reds have gone on to win.
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
26 4 4 1
Torres still hasn't scored against his old club since his £50 million move away from Anfield in January 2011, and despite not scoring in the league since last December, the Spaniard has grabbed five in 2013, with three of those coming this month. The new confident and comfortable look he's been sporting throughout April will fill Blues fans with hope that he will play a pivotal role in Chelsea's push for a first win at Anfield since May 2010.
Prediction
With both teams desperate to win for different reasons, it's certainly going to be a very close game. Anfield is a difficult place for any side to visit, and the atmosphere will be electric from start to finish.

This could benefit Liverpool and give them the edge over Chelsea, especially when the visitors' current mediocre form away from home is taken into account.

However, when Chelsea play at their full potential they can be unstoppable, and their need for victories to stay in front of Arsenal and Tottenham in the battle for third place could give them the edge over their hosts.
Editor's Prediction
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0