Cruel fate continues to dangle the prospect of Champions League football next season ever so slightly beyond the reach of Liverpool, though with only three games left failure to beat Chelsea will surely see hopes extinguished.
Four points separate the Reds from arch nemesis Manchester United in the much-coveted fourth spot, though with Louis van Gaal’s men dangerously out of form, a prospective overhaul is not out of the question.
Should Brendan Rodgers’ oft-discussed tactical acumen come to the fore at Stamford Bridge to defeat the champions as the Red Devils simultaneously fail to prevail at Crystal Palace, this belief is sure to swell.
In order to keep the boat afloat, however, Liverpool have no option but to land odds of 11/4 and win in west London.
Such a prospect is undoubtedly daunting, but not one that’s destined to evade the visitors, with these three reasons just causes for optimism amongst the legion of Kopites.
Chelsea have had four days off ahead of this match
After wrapping up the Premier League title against Crystal Palace last Sunday, Jose Mourinho gave his troops the bulk of the week off.
Just two days of training is far removed from the Portuguese’s typical meticulous standards and suggests his side will not be at their regimental best come Liverpool’s arrival.
The Reds aren’t averse to winning away against this adversary
There was an air of controversy about both of Chelsea’s home wins against the Merseyside club since Mourinho’s return and they’d avoided defeat in six of their seven trips to the Bridge prior to this second coming.
Four of these visits ended victoriously for the travelling party.
Mourinho outfits typically drop points once the league title deal is sealed.
Only at Real Madrid in 2011/12 has a Special One-schooled side won the games that followed them being crowned champions to the season’s end.
When Chelsea were anointed in 2005/06 they lost the next two, while they drew one of the remaining three after their 2004/05 triumph.
Spilling points is customary for Mourinho in the aftermath of such momentous achievements and with the Blues set to play West Brom and Sunderland in their final two fixtures, Liverpool look the most obvious benefactors from this season’s projected slip up.