Final frontier for Liverpool

Today's clash against Chelsea could decide whether Kops will lay their hands on their first EPL title since 1990

Liverpool: Liverpool will attempt to surmount the last major obstacle barring their path to a first league title since 1990 when they welcome second-place Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez kisses a ring on his finger as he walks out during the EPL match against Norwich City recently. Pic/Getty Images
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez kisses a ring on his finger as he walks out during the EPL match against Norwich City recently. Pic/Getty Images 

Title slipping for Blues
Victory for Brendan Rodgers' side would eliminate Chelsea from the title race and leave Liverpool needing just four points from their final two games against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United to claim the crown.

Should Liverpool win and City lose their game at Palace later on Sunday, however, the Merseyside club could secure the Premier League trophy as early as next weekend.

With Liverpool on a run of 11 straight wins and the title now in sight, these are heady days at Anfield, and Rodgers has dismissed fears that his players might suddenly succumb to the pressure of expectation.

"Everyone's talking about pressure, but that is Manchester City or Chelsea, when you spend that sort of money and expect to win the league," said the Liverpool manager.

"I don't think there is pressure on us, only from what we have within. Look at Tottenham — you spend over 100-odd million pounds (USD 169 million) you'd expect to be challenging for the league.

We will do the best we possibly can. At the moment we have been absolutely outstanding."

Chelsea's shock 1-2 loss at home to Sunderland last weekend has left their title challenge hanging by a thread, prompting manager Jose Mourinho to shift his focus to the Champions League
His side drew 0-0 at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final earlier this week and Mourinho later said he'd field a second-string team at Liverpool to preserve his players for the return leg.
Rodgers, however, played down the threat, saying: "Whatever team they put out will have cost more than ours and will be more experienced."

Chelsea's injury woes
For Chelsea, Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o are out injured, while Ramires begins a four-game ban for lashing out at Sebastian Larsson recently.

Mourinho kept his cards close to his chest, saying: "You wait for Sunday to you know our team. We're going to try to win. Nobody goes into a game to lose."

Saturday's EPL...

Man United 4-0 Norwich
Fulham 2-2 Hull City
Southampton 2-0 Everton
Stoke 0-1 Tottenham
Swansea 4-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 1-0 West Ham



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