Liverpool prepare to lock horns with Chelsea at Anfield for the weekend's most anticipated fixture in the Premier League on Sunday, the result of which could have a glaring impact in deciding this season's champions.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 2:05pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:25pm BST.
Liverpool have not lost a single league game in the calendar year and come into this fixture on the back of 11 straight league victories. They narrowly outplayed Norwich City 3-2 in their previous fixture at Carrow Road last Sunday.
The Reds strolled into a 2-0 first half lead courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez. However, their advantage was halved after Gary Hooper capitalised on an error by Simon Mignolet in the second half.
Sterling restored Liverpool's two-goal leverage but Robert Snodgrass reduced the deficit to one. The Canaries tried to nick the equaliser but the Merseyside club held on to ensure they do not suffer a setback in their quest to finish first.
After playing 35 matches, Brendan Rodgers' side are currently on top of the league table having amassed 80 points - five clear of second-placed Chelsea.
The Blues suffered their first league defeat at Stamford Bridge this season after losing 1-2 against Sunderland last weekend. Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring in the 12th minute but Connor Wickham silenced the home crowd with an equaliser six minutes later.
However, the Black Cats secured all three points after on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini netted the winner from the penalty spot, handing Chelsea a massive blow in the title race.
The west London club's previous competitive fixture in the Champions League semi-final first leg clash against Atletico Madrid ended goalless at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday.
Anfield will be certainly buzzing as the Merseyside club are closing in on their first league title in 24 years. A defeat against Liverpool will certainly end Chelsea's hopes of finishing first this season while enabling the Reds to go one step closer towards the coveted prize.
What Managers Say
Brendan Rodgers: "I don't think Chelsea will play the kids because they never have done. As a football club they have a wonderful academy there but young players don't get the opportunity there. That's one thing you can rule out – there certainly won't be kids playing. Whatever team they play will be more experienced and will have cost more than ours. We are hoping we can continue to perform at a level which makes the supporters proud and that we continue to win games."
Jose Mourinho: "The most important thing for me is my club and the supporters of my club. I have to defend my club and I have to defend Chelsea supporters. Chelsea fans think Chelsea deserve more respect than Chelsea is getting. That's what they think first of all. They want Chelsea to go to Liverpool and play as always at the maximum and by giving everything they have. We are going to try to win - with which players it is our decision, not your decision."
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
- Last Result: Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D L W W W
- Last Result: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea
- Injured: Jose Enrique (knee), Victor Moses (ineligible)
- Doubtful: Daniel Sturridge (hamstring)
- Suspended: Jordan Henderson
Probable Lineup: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan; Allen, Gerrard, Lucas; Sterling, Suarez, Coutinho
- Injured: John Terry (ankle), Petr Cech (shoulder), Samuel Eto'o (knee), Eden Hazard (calf)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Ramires
Probable Lineup: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Kalas, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Matic; Salah, Lampard, Schurrle; Ba