Chelsea go away to Liverpool on Sunday evening at Anfield, and Maurizio Sarri’s side will be aiming for a fourth consecutive Premier League victory.
Both sides go into this game in search of a win for various reasons. For Chelsea, the Blues need it to boost their chances of a top four finish. For Liverpool, they need the win to keep pushing Manchester City as both sides fight for the title.
Chelsea killed Liverpool’s title hopes five years ago with a 2-0 win at Anfield when Jose Mourinho was still in charge of the club, and the Portuguese has spoken on the importance of the game to both sides.
“Liverpool-Chelsea in the Premier League is a big one, for many reasons,” Mourinho told Russia Today.
“Liverpool, they have to win every match between now and the end of the season, and wait for Man City to lose a couple of points.
“It’s a must-win for Liverpool. At the same time Chelsea need points to finish top four.
“Manchester United is there, Spurs is there, Arsenal, despite their last defeat, are also there.
“Chelsea needs points. It’s a must-win for both. And to add something more to the game, the last time Liverpool were almost winning the title it was Chelsea who spoiled the celebration at Anfield.
“I’m pretty sure people have that in mind. For me that’s the big game of the weekend.”
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard was at fault for Chelsea’s first goal as the midfielder slipped while on the ball, allowing Chelsea striker Demba Ba to burst through and find the net.
Gerrard has now opened up on his slip and the Liverpool legend admits it’s the worst day of his life.
“Don’t think (the epidural) is an excuse for what happened,” Gerrard told Daily Mail.
“Not at all. What happened was just a pure bad stroke of luck for myself.
“That’s why it was cruel. I haven’t lost my man at a set piece. I haven’t missed a penalty. I haven’t made a bad pass.
“Every single person on the planet slips at some point, whether it is on a set of stairs, on the floor or whatever, but it happened on the pitch at a really bad moment.
“I’ve went through the pain in the dressing room after and in the weeks and months after it. It was the worst day of my life.”