Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Chelsea

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard

Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho

CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand
Ramires, Lampard
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Torres


Liverpool remain without Fabio Borini (shoulder), Joe Allen (shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee), who are all ruled out for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (thigh) faces a late fitness test after missing Liverpool's last two games.

As for Chelsea, the club faces no fresh injury concerns, and with both Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill on the verge of returning to the first team after spells on the sideline through injury, manager Rafael Benitez may well be able to include both in what is certain to be a strong side.

Oriol Romeu (knee) remains Chelsea's only long-term absentee.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • The last time these two sides met at Anfield, Liverpool won in emphatic fashion, beating the Blues 4-1 after going 3-0 in the opening half-hour.

  • The Reds also have history on their side, winning five of the last 10 meetings between the two clubs, with Chelsea winning three games and two ending in draws.

  • Luis Suarez (pictured) has been on fine form all season and leads the Premier League top goalscorers table with 22 goals, double the amount he managed last campaign.

  • The Reds have had the most attempts at goal in Europe this season with 639, leading Real Madrid in second place by 43 shots.

  • Despite scoring five goals in all competitions since the new year, Fernando Torres hasn't scored in a Premier League game since he netted a double against Sunderland at the start of December.

  • The importance of the clash might spur Torres on to score, however, as the Spaniard faces the club he spent four years at, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances.

  • Chelsea's victory in midweek against Fulham was only it second away win in the league in 2013, and before that game it was on a three game losing streak away from Stamford Bridge.
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