Anfield awaits Stamford Bridge rivals in potential title decider.
Liverpool may again start with Ryan Babel in attack with top scorer Fernando Torres out for the season and David Ngog still nursing a back injury.
Defenders Martin Skrtel, Emiliano Insua and Fabio Aurelio are all out injured.
Chelsea’s John Terry should play after a ban and Ashley Cole could continue his comeback after a fractured ankle.
Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Jose Bosingwa are definitely out but Didier Drogba says he will delay his hernia surgery until after the World Cup.
Doubtful: Ngog (back)
Injured: Aurelio & Insua (both thigh), Kelly & Torres (both knee), Skrtel (ankle)
Doubtful: Carvalho (ankle)
Injured: Bosingwa & Essien (both knee), Mikel (ankle) (BBC Sport)
Rafa Benitez could do Sir Alex Ferguson a huge favour if he can lead his Liverpool side to victory at Anfield. Carlo Ancelotti knows that any points dropped in this clash could cost them the title and even though their Merseyside opponents have little to play for except very faint hopes of a top four finish, this could still prove a very tricky fixture.
Here are some highlights of previous exciting clashes between the two sides.
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea April 2009
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool April 2009