Liverpool vs. Chelsea: TV Info and Players to Watch for Premier League Showdown

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea are marked by the Liverpool defence  during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Just three days after losing the FA Cup to Chelsea, Liverpool must turn around and face the Blues once again.

In a classic matchup of the Blues vs. the Reds, both squads know just how important this match is.

This is the final home game of the year for Liverpool, and the last thing the Reds want to do is lose. Ending the season on such a sour note would add to the disappointment that was this season. 

The best the Reds can hope to finish at in the Premier is seventh, but that would mean they have to beat Chelsea. They know they don't have a great deal to play for, but they should still want to end the season on a high note.  

For the Blues, a win today is very crucial. They're currently in sixth place, but a victory over Liverpool keeps them alive for a possible fourth-place finish.

They'll need luck to fall their way with the other teams losing, but it all starts with the game against the Reds. 

Despite the loss a few days ago, Liverpool knows they can beat Chelsea. The Reds haven taken down the Blues twice this year, and they're surely hoping to win once more. 

With that said, here's the TV info for the match along with key players and my prediction. Be sure to drop a comment and give me your thoughts on the match as well. 


When: Tuesday, May 8 at 2:45 p.m. ET 

Where: Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, England

Watch: SKY TV 


Liverpool Player to Watch 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Andy Carroll of Liverpool shoots at goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Andrew Carroll was the only player to score for Liverpool in their loss to Chelsea a few days ago.

The striker was brought in and given a lot of money to come score goals for the Reds, but he hasn't been able to put it in the back of the net a great deal. 

He can right most of his wrongs with a strong performance against the Blues today.

Carroll is a vital player to the Reds' success this afternoon, and if he doesn't thrive then the whole team will be left to pick up the pieces. 


Chelsea Player to Watch 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on May 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Julian Finney/Getty Images

It appears that Didier Drogba won't be returning for the Blues, which means a great deal of pressure falls on Fernando Torres

Drogba will probably rest more in this game, meaning Torres is the key player for Chelsea.

He needs to have a solid showing against Liverpool so fans will know they're still in good hands should Drogba indeed leave. 

Torres hasn't been spectacular by any means against the Reds this year, which puts even more pressure on him to deliver today. 



Expect another close matchup between Liverpool and Chelsea. Both squads are determined to get a victory, and that will help ensure this is an intense battle. 

In the end, though, I have Chelsea winning 2-1 once again.

The Blues have the momentum and the confidence to get the job done today, and they'll make sure they win this match to give them a shot at finishing in the top four.



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