THE ABSENCE of Fernando Torres in the opposition ranks could be the single most important factor on the respective team-sheets on Sunday.
The Spaniard's knee injury has ruled him out for the season, while Chelsea are buoyed by the return of skipper of John Terry after suspension – though he was hardly missed against Stoke.
Assuming he returns alongside Alex, Branislav Ivanovic, who filled in in central defence, could well displace Paulo Ferreira at right back.
Ricardo Carvalho may be back on the bench after his ankle troubles but John Obi Mikel (knee) is again a doubt, which means Michael Ballack would expect to be retained in a holding midfield position - possibly detailed to track Steven Gerrard.
One big advantage for the Blues is that they go into the game rested after a week without playing, whereas Liverpool had to play a gruelling 120 minutes in their Europa League semi-final defeat against Atletico Madrid last night.
The Blues will hope some of the magic from the 7-0 rout of Stoke continues this weekend.
“The win [against Stoke] doesn't count for anything this week, but of course you want to carry the momentum through and it's helpful to take confidence into the game,” Frank Lampard said.
“But if you don't turn up, play slow and don't play with the intensity we did last week, you will lose at Anfield, simple as that.”
Chelsea hopes of gaining the win they need may be 50-50 according to results in the Abramovich era. The Blues have won four and lost four of 11 league and European Cup ties played at Anfield since 2003.