PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Liverpool v Chelsea – follow the action from Anfield as it happens
19:03 GMT, 8 May 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Liverpool look to extract revenge on Chelsea at Anfield following their FA Cup final defeat to the Blues. Chelsea must win to have any chance of securing a Champions League spot through their league placing, but the Reds also need a result to stay within touch of Merseyside rivals Everton in the table. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on twitter @Ripinho
Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea (8pm)
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Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher,
Skrtel, Agger, Downing, Henderson, Shelvey, Maxi, Suarez, Carroll.
Subs: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Sterling, Kelly, Bellamy.
Chelsea: Turnbull, Ferreira,
Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Ramires, Sturridge, Malouda,
Subs: Hilario, Cole, Lampard, Mata, Lukaku, Kalou, Hutchinson.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
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3min: The Reds looking confident early on as Stewart Downing sends a cross to the far post, but Luis Suarez in the centre of the box is penalised for giving away a foul.
Kick-off: Away we go folks.
19.54: The teams are now on the pitch, needless to say that after Torres' name was read out – he was booed.
19.51: For Chelsea, a draw will not do. They must win to have any chance overhauling fourth-placed Tottenham and secure a Champions League place via the Premier League.
Failing that they could just win the tournament on May 19 to spare the bother of having to qualify – a bit risky to bank on though.
19.48: So what's on the line in this game Liverpool sit ninth in the Premier League, three points behind Fulham.
Should they finish in that position, it will be their worst league placing since being promoted to the top flight back in 1962.
Defeat tonight would also mean they would end up lower than seventh-placed Everton for just the second time in Premier League history.
19.45: A worthy plug to a match sponsor is needed tonight I feel.
Liverpool will be without their usual Standard Chartered (no not them!) logos this evening and instead will display a message on the front of their kit that says 'Seeing is Believing.'
It's all in aid of drumming up awareness for a blindness charity – good on them.
19.42: And some more on Turnbull's tales from InfostradaLive:
Ross Turnbull plays his first PL match since 21 March 2010 when he played for Chelsea at Blackburn (1-1). This season he has played three Carling Cup matches.
19.41: From InfostradaLive, who you can follow here on Twitter:
Liverpool are looking to win four league matches in a row against Chelsea for the first time since a five-match winning streak from 1972-74.
19.38: Big night for Ross Turnbull then. This is his first Premier League game for over two years.
The 27-year-old will never be in a position to fight Cech for a place in the team but here is an opportunity to show us what he can do. I've always had him down as an accident waiting to happen.
19.35: Torres, Luis Suarez and Carroll – that adds up to over 107million worth of striking talent on the pitch tonight….I don't know about you but I demand a 4-3 scoreline.
19.32: Former Kop idol Fernando Torres returns to Anfield for the first time since his 50million departure in January last year as one of eight changes for Chelsea.
With his team the outsiders to finish in the top four, manager Roberto di Matteo makes numerous alterations to the team which won the FA Cup against the Reds on Saturday as this month's Champions League final against Bayern Munich is his primary focus.
Liverpool make four changes from their team, with captain Steven Gerrard absent from the squad but Wembley goalscorer Andy Carroll returns to the line-up.
19.27: Slightly surprised there is no Petr Cech in goal for Chelsea this evening Turns out he is being rested – the Blues have some sort of Champions League final to play on Saturday week.
19.22: Full line-ups from Anfield:
Liverpool v Chelsea
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Downing, Henderson, Shelvey, Maxi, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Sterling, Kelly, Bellamy.
Chelsea: Turnbull, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Ramires, Sturridge, Malouda, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Cole, Lampard, Mata, Lukaku, Kalou, Hutchinson.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
19.17: Don't let that stat put you off though. The FA Cup final three days ago may have taken a while to get going but once Andy Carroll came on, the game took off like a rocket.
Going by FA Cup finals in the last 20 years that's no easy feat, and of course catalyst Carroll starts this evening.
19.14: From OptaJoe:
126 – Liverpool have had fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the PL this season. Tight.
19.11: Chelsea starting XI:
Turnbull, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Ramires, Torres, Sturridge.
19.08: As you can see from the comments section that line-up makes fine reading for Stephen from St. Ives.
19.05: Liverpool starting XI:
Reina, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Henderson, Maxi, Downing, Shelvey, Suarez, Carroll.
19.00: Talk about this being after the Lord Mayor's show. Three days on from the FA Cup final, Liverpool clash with Chelsea again. Only this time there is no cups on the line, just three points.
Albeit a very important three points…team news on the way
Rematch: Liverpool host Chelsea just three days after losing the FA Cup final to the Blues 2-1