A win against Huddersfield on Wednesday can get Chelsea level on points with Liverpool, but their inferior goal difference means they would nearly certainly need a favour from Brighton to get in ahead of the Merseyside club.
With only one win in their last five league games, Liverpool have made their top four status an unnecessarily tense affair. If they defeat Brighton at Anfield next Sunday then they will be assured of a top four place, regardless of what happens in Chelsea and Tottenham's games.
For Liverpool, Adam Lallana is back in training but unlikely to be available from the start.
Liverpool have injury problems of their own as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can and Joel Matip won't play again this season while Joe Gomez is also struggling with an ankle injury. How Mané, Salah and Firmino play, will be huge to the final outcome of the match and whether Liverpool can confirm their place in the Champions League next season.
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Chelsea slowly grew into the game but Liverpool maintained a threat on the break with Sadio Mane particularly lively coming in from the left.
Antonio Conte is happy that Chelsea are still "fighting until the end" after a hard season for last season's champions.
Rudiger's fine display is something that fans have come accustomed to this season, but Tiemoue Bakayoko put in his first good performance of 2018. To win the Champions League you must be more lucky.
"Luck is always important in every competition, but when you have the possibility to play 38 games you can show you are the best".
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Because of the size of the achievement, it may be hard to focus on anything else but the final that will be played on May 26. They have Newcastle and Leicester City to play at home.
Antonio Conte has opted to retain Olivier Giroud up top in a 3-5-2 formation as Chelsea take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
If Chelsea beat or draw with Huddersfield in midweek they will be within striking distance of Liverpool going into next Sunday's games. It's like a Champions League semi-final, to be honest. The good thing is that we have another game but we don't think about that at the moment.
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