Premier League 2017/18: 5 biggest surprises of the season

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They could also move two points behind Tottenham.

Olivier Giroud's victor, headed home before half time, puts Chelsea two points behind Tottenham and three off Liverpool.

One league win in five means Liverpool - who looked assured of a Champions League qualifying spot a month ago - are three points clear of Chelsea in fifth, having played a game more.

A Liverpool win this weekend would make it impossible for Chelsea to catch them, ensuring the Reds will qualify for next season's Champions League with a game in spare.

We can not lose points at Stamford Bridge. The Egyptian is now level with Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez on 31.

On nullifying Liverpool's threat, Conte added: "To have one week to work and focus on this game was very important for us, we have had the possibility to prepare this game in the right way".

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The Premier League outing between Chelsea and Liverpool will start at 4:30 pm local and 9 pm IST.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho made six changes for his side's defeat at Brighton, and didn't spare those that missed their chance to impress ahead of the FA Cup final in two weeks' time. Blue against Red. A place in the Champions League next season on the line. However, Wednesday's match will have taken a lot out of the Merseysiders and I think that could prove crucial in this game.

The 32-year-old was promoted to become the club's permanent captain when Terry left the club last summer, but that did not stop Conte from dropping the cnter-back for some big games this season.

"Normally he can deal with the very physical teams, but today he didn't do so well".

"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". In contrast, Chelsea's winning the league in 206/17 was more to do with perseverance as you can not manage to slack in a 38 game season.

"The boys showed me that they are really ready to fight and to fight and to fight".

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