The timing of Chelsea’s visit to Liverpool, with just two games to follow, would have appeared awkward for both Clubs prior to the beginning of the season. Supporters of Liverpool could have been forgiven for having worried over a tie that could have proved potentially damaging for their top-four ambitions and likewise Chelsea supporters may have felt the tie represented a potential banana-skin during a title-march. Few would have expected a scenario whereby the home side could end the Blues’ title hopes at Anfield, whilst also taking a major step towards securing their first title-win since 1990 – they currently sit 5 points apart, in 1st and 2nd respectively. The Reds have no equal in their current form – their eleven game winning run dates back to early-February and they’re unbeaten in the league since visiting Stamford Bridge prior to New Year. The visitors, meanwhile, have stuttered of late – taking 9 points from their last five overall but losing two of their last three away league matches (to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace). Victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side would guarantee a top-two finish and, regardless of Manchester City’s result later on Sunday, see them require only another 4 points to secure a long-awaited title. Jose Mourinho’s side could really turn up the heat with a victory – with a Champions League Semi Final second-leg to face midweek, a draw does little for Chelsea but would be welcomed by City. Supporters of both Clubs are close to late-season glory and will have high hopes that their sides can deliver on Sunday.
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