Welcome to the final week of the season.
For Chelsea, there's nothing left to play for. We cannot finish any higher than 9th and while we can still finish in the lower half of the table, we've already confirmed our status as the worst Premier League title-defense of all time, so the difference between 9th and 13th is academic at best. Sure, a few million pounds, too. I guess we'll have to forgo a Papy Djilobodji this summer, should we drop a few places between now and the end of the week.
You could be forgiven if a trip to Anfield stirs a few emotions, but this occasion should not be confused with an occasion that matters. Think the hilarious trip in 2011-12, which Chelsea lost 4-1, sandwiched between a triumphant FA Cup final and a triumphant Champions League final... just surrounded by far less triumph this time around.
For Liverpool, the biggest concern is the Europa League final, and Klopp has already indicated that many a youth might take part. Over the weekend, that is. Not on Wednesday. This is not helping, Jurgen!
Klopp says he will field a very strong side v Chelsea in midweek: "This is one of the biggest games in world football."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) May 8, 2016
This of course makes perfect sense for Liverpool: play the first-team now, rest them over the weekend, and then play the final next Wednesday.
Should Chelsea not bleat on about the integrity of the competition or whatnot, we'll have a few options, especially with John Terry suspended and both Branislav Ivanovic and Pedro possibly carrying injuries of unknown magnitude. Unfortunately, Jake Clarke-Salter is injured as well, so he's not available.
But others are! Chelsea U21s just finished playing (beat Manchester City again!), but the trio of Tammy Abraham, Kasey Palmer, and Fikayo Tomori did not travel with them. They've been training with the first team instead. Ola Aina did travel and did start, so he's probably out. Charlie Colkett traveled as well but did not start (he did score the only goal of the game though), so he's included in the form below for those most hopeful of seeing a youth revolution out there on Wednesday.