With Chelsea having wrapped up the title already, perhaps there is no better time to play Jose Mourinho’s men. Undeniably, they still have bags of quality that can cause most – if not all – teams a number of problems that can make 90 minutes seem an eternity.
However, with nothing to play for, having spent so much of the season fighting for the crown, their performance may become slightly laboured, and opportunities may arise for some of the stalwarts of the side to be rested.
We, on the other hand, are still fighting a battle, that for us to win, will have to go down to the final day. The deficit to the top four will be insurmountable should we lose at Stamford Bridge, and so, begins a massive trio of games which may provide some respite to a difficult campaign.
Here are five things that may need to be done, if we are to leave the capital with all three points:
Resist the urge to call upon Mario Balotelli
The Italian is obviously able to produce moments of match-winning quality, but he has struggled to pull them out of the hat as a lone striker this season. This game is not the time for another gamble on the 24-year-old, hoping that he produces a crucial goal, or lays an opportunity on a plate for a teammate.
Unfortunately, Chelsea will feel much more confident about their chances should they see that Balotelli is starting up front alone. Should they manage to isolate him, frustration may creep in, and that is a situation that no Liverpool fan wants.