Giroud header gives Chelsea renewed top-four hope

GETTYCahill helped Chelsea secure an FA Cup final spot

GETTYCahill helped Chelsea secure an FA Cup final spot

The Blues are flying of late, though, having won four successive Premier League games.

Liverpool, meanwhile, come into the clash on the back of a 4-2 loss to AS Roma, although they secured passage to the UEFA Champions League final thanks to their big first-leg lead, progressing 7-6 on aggregate.

Mo Salah has fired Liverpool's bid at home and overseas with a stunning 43 goal debut season at Anfield and will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time as the recently crowned double player-of-the-season.

Alternatively, they will qualify for next year's Champions League should they defeat Real Madrid in the final of this year's competition.

Chelsea (69pts, plus 27) still have to play Huddersfield and Newcastle while Spurs (71 points, plus 36) take on Newcastle and Leicester, both at home.

Liverpool are without Joe Gomez, who has an ankle injury, while Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also out.

The Reds will be without Adam Lallana, that despite being back to full training, will not be ready for the game on Sunday.

Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the final day of the league season would do the job before Liverpool focus on their European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company. Chelsea have to win their games as well.

Salah was given a chance to impress in Chelsea's home clash with Norwich City towards the end of the season but Mourinho made a decision to haul his January signing off at the break after a subdued first half.

"Luck is always important in every competition, but when you have the possibility to play 38 games you can show you are the best".

"Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game - fighting with all they have, they don't have anything to lose", Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com."If we draw it's not good for them; if we win it's not good for them". We should see Bakayoko starting, together with Olivier Giroud, in a mission to exploit Liverpool's defensive fragilities. "We have to try to get three points to put pressure on the teams ahead of us".

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