Chelsea v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
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Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
All over at Stamford Bridge as the Reds go down to a one-goal defeat.
You can't fault the visitors graft and they were unfortunate to concede from a deflected cross - onto Brighton!
Four minutes to be added on.
Alberto Moreno takes the place of James Milner, while Victor Moses makes way for Davide Zappacosta.
Solanke gets his head on a Lovren cross but can't direct it goalward.
Willian takes the place of Eden Hazard for Chelsea
Henderson swings a dangerous cross in from deep but Courtois collects.
Victor Moses trips James Milner out wide and receives a yellow card.
Liverpool still dominating the ball but Chelsea getting bodies in the way every time it comes into the box.
All set for a frantic finish at Stamford Bridge.
A change for Liverpool as Andy Robertson makes way for Dominic Solanke.
That should see James Milner move to left-back.
The pattern of the game firmly set now with Liverpool putting together wave after wave of attack.
Unfortunately, they're not having much joy against a disciplined Chelsea backline so far.
Robertson gets a great block on Moses' attempted cross after Hazard's ball in had looped over dangerously.
Moments later, Chelsea have the ball in the net as Rudiger heads home but he is flagged offside.
Trent lines one up from distance... and that's way over the bar.
Liverpool can't let impatience get the better of them here.
Chelsea get the game restarted.
All going off
Some good fun at half-time as the pitchside announcer attempts to give the Liverpool fans some stick.
They respond with a huge 'Allez, Allez, Allez' - all good natured stuff.
Sadio Mane has been Liverpool's biggest threat so far.
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
Antonio Conte's team in the lead at the break here thanks to Olivier Giroud's header.
The Reds have dominated the ball but can't break down their hosts' massed defence so far.
Two minutes to be added on.
Salah jinks past his man on the edge of the box and hits the deck... but he's going in the book for simulation.
Clyne follows suit shortly after for a poor tackle in the Liverpool half.
So close to two for Chelsea.
Fabregas' run in behind is picked out and the Spaniard whistles an attempt just past the far post.
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (Giroud)
The hosts take the lead at Stamford Bridge.
Moses' cross from the right wing takes a deflection directly onto the head of Giroud, who nods it into the far corner to open the scoring.
Liverpool break away again but Mane's shot from distance is stopped by Courtois.
Firmino collects the ball on the follow-up and tees up Sadio once more but, again, the Senegalese can't poke it home.
Firmino has a go.
The ball sits up for Mane 25 yards from goals and he hammers a left-footed effort at goal.
Courtois does well to get down and palm it away.
Salah races in behind after Firmino does well to control and play his teammate in.
The Egyptian finds himself in a tight position inside the box but picks out Mane's run - unfortunately, the winger can't convert.
Alonso collects the ball at the edge of the Liverpool box and lets fly but his attempt is straight at Karius.
Liverpool break at lightning pace after a Chelsea cross is cleared but Robertson's final ball from the wing is a poor one.
The Reds will hope to get space like that as the match progresses.
James Milner wins the ball with a bone-crunching tackle on Eden Hazard but the referee blows up for a foul.
No card for the No.7, however.
An early chance for the visitors as Roberto Firmino latches onto Dejan Lovren's ball in behind.
The Brazilian shoots from a tight angle but Thibaut Courtois gets down to save.
James Milner gets the game under way.
'Let's get ready for football'
Legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer has just been on the pitch reading the teams out and receiving a soaking from the on-pitch sprinklers.
Ever the professional, the American didn't break his stride. Top class.
Not long now
The Liverpool players head back down to the tunnel after completing their warm-up as the first strains of 'Allez, Allez, Allez' ring out from the away end.
Behind the scenes
A peek into the away dressing room at Stamford Bridge...
The Reds are here...
And in opposition...
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Giroud.
Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Emerson, Barkley, Pedro, Willian.
TEAM NEWS – ONE CHANGE FOR REDS
Liverpool have made only one change to their starting XI at Stamford Bridge as Nathaniel Clyne comes into the line-up to replace Jordan Henderson, who is on the bench.
Liverpool: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Henderson, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.
What are the odds?
Here's BetVictor's take for today...
Chelsea - 5/4
Draw - 27/10
Liverpool - 9/4
Click here for more details.
Conte respect for confident Reds
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expects a tough test at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, with Liverpool flying high thanks to their Champions League exploits.
In his programme notes, the Italian writes: "Today will be a very different game [to the win over Swansea], because we are at home and because we are playing against a team in a good position in the league, who will be confident after their win in the Champions League semi-final.
"But we know what we are capable of doing and it is up to us now to show that in these last four games of the season - three in the Premier League and then the FA Cup final."
"Should have brought my factor 50!" Liverpoolfc.com journalist David Lynch exclaims as the heat at pitchside begins to hit.
It's certainly a very, very warm day in London.
A glorious day for it...
Relive the story of the game last time these teams met, in a 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier this season...
That aforementioned session should have warmed the Reds up perfectly for today's conditions.
Our eyes aren't deceiving us - the weather experts report temperatures of 25 degrees in Chelsea that may climb as high as 28 by kick-off. Short sleeves if you're heading to Stamford Bridge, we think.
The Liverpool squad trained in glorious sunshine on Friday afternoon as we were granted access to check on their preparations for the trip to Chelsea...
Impress your mates with these factoids...
- This is Liverpool's 500th away match in the Premier League era. Their record so far reads: 196 wins, 175 defeats and 128 draws.
- The Reds are unbeaten in their past six league meetings with Chelsea, winning two and drawing four
- Of the 22 teams Blues boss Conte has faced in the Premier League, Liverpool are the only side he has yet to beat
Here's what we know already...
Conte reported no new injury concerns and the hosts welcome back Marcos Alonso after a three-match suspension.
Adam Lallana trained this week but Klopp suggested this game might come too soon for the midfielder. Joe Gomez is definitely ruled out and Emre Can remains sidelined.
Let's just clarify the situation in the top-four race.
A Liverpool win today would guarantee Klopp's men Champions League football next season as Chelsea would be unable to catch them in the remainder of the campaign.
A draw would keep the Blues' hopes alive, though the Reds would then only have to avoid defeat against Brighton on the final day, should Antonio Conte's men also beat Huddersfield on Wednesday.
If Chelsea succeed this afternoon and in their game in hand, Liverpool can still hold off the Londoners by beating Brighton as their goal difference is hugely superior.
'Like a CL semi-final'
The manager was unequivocal about the importance of this match from the moment the final whistle was blown in Rome. Here's what he told Liverpoolfc.com...
"Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game - fighting with all they have, they don't have anything to lose. If we draw it's not good for them; if we win it's not good for them. They have to win and they will try to do so. It's like a Champions League semi-final, to be honest. We will see what we can do there."
Take a look at how the two sides have performed in the Premier League this season with our Opta widget below. It's crammed full of stats and numbers you didn't even know you needed...
It's part two of a pivotal week for Liverpool.
A place in the Champions League final was secured on Wednesday night. Today, the Reds could guarantee their spot in next season's competition with a positive result against Chelsea.
And you can follow everything that happens at Stamford Bridge right here in our live match blog.