Fresh from booking their devote the Champions League final after a remarkable night in Rome, Liverpool’s European heroes go back to the fight for a Premier League top four finish once they face Chelsea on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side continue to be on a top adhering to a 2-4 defeat at Roma on Wednesday that clinched a 7-6 aggregate success in the Champions League semi-finals. Liverpool will take on holders Real Madrid inside their eighth European Cup final appearance on May 26 in Kiev. But first the Reds have to ensure they feature in next season’s Champions League.
Third-placed Liverpool are six points in front of fifth-placed Chelsea, but they’d give renewed aspire to the Blues if they are beaten at Stamford Bridge.
A Liverpool win this weekend will make it impossible for Chelsea to catch them, ensuring the Reds will qualify for next season’s Champions League with a game title in spare.
A good draw in west London would effectively seal their top four place because Liverpool have a vastly superior goal difference.
Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the ultimate day of the league season would perform the job before Liverpool focus on the European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company.
Three draws inside their past four league outings against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke — partly caused by Klopp prioritising Champions League progress — have allowed Chelsea to near the gap.
Antonio Conte’s men have three league games remaining to Liverpool’s two, meaning if the Londoners win their remaining fixtures they’ll, at worst, finish level on points with the Champions League finalists.
For Klopp’s reassurance and to rest a tiring squad with a growing injury list, guaranteeing qualification on Sunday is the ideal scenario.
With this at heart, Klopp does not have any intention of resting key players like former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino this weekend.
“We have two semis again against Chelsea and Brighton and then we have two weeks. The league is equally important (as the Champions League),” Klopp said.
“We can make life easier for people by winning at Chelsea.
“It’s not we can decide about leaving one out. We cannot play players who’re not available.
“From Wednesday to Sunday with regards to turnaround is OK. The whole season is a consistent challenge. We have fought hard for our position in the league.
“Of course it is really a big advantage for Chelsea not playing in the week.”
Chelsea haven’t any margin for error while they look to finish a troubled season on a top by finishing in the utmost effective four and winning the FA Cup final against Manchester United.
The deposed champions are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with both teams having three games to play.
Aside from whether Chelsea finish in the utmost effective four, this indicates likely manager Antonio Conte will leave at the conclusion of the season.
Conte has feuded with the Chelsea hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans last summer and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri this week became the most recent manager to be linked with the Italian’s job.
Nevertheless, Conte remains dedicated to getting Chelsea back into the utmost effective four after a function of three successive league wins.
Hopeful of benefiting from Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Conte said: “This is actually a good chance for us.
“As I said a lot of times within the last three games, if we want to keep consitently the hope alive we have to win. We have to get three points.
“Liverpool are a good team. It won’t be easy, but if we want to keep alive the hope, we have to attempt to win, to have three points on Sunday.”