Starting XI: Chelsea v Liverpool

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"Today was a must-win game against a really good team, but it was a good game and a great show of will to keep our hope of finishing in the top four alive", Conte said.

An intense contest in stifling heat proved too much at the end of a week which saw Jurgen Klopp's men advance to the Champions League final.

Giroud has been keeping Alvaro Morata out of the starting line-up at Chelsea FC in recent weeks and he headed the home side into the lead against Liverpool FC on Sunday when he headed home Victor Moses' cross in the 32nd minute at Stamford Bridge. The deposed champions are five points behind fourth placed Tottenham, with both teams having three games to play.

Liverpool head to Chelsea on a high after reaching the Champions League final following their dramatic two-legged triumph over Italians Roma.

Suddenly it was Liverpool on the back foot and Chelsea came agonisingly close to a second moments later when Cesc Fabregas broke down the right channel before delivering a teasing low cross into the box which only needed a touch.

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Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the final day of the league season would do the job before Liverpool focus on their European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company.

Olivier Giroud boosted Chelsea's bid to snatch a top four place as the France striker sealed a 1-0 win over Liverpool that brought the Champions League finalists back down to earth.

Liverpool are without Joe Gomez, who has an ankle injury, while Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also out.

I think in spite of the hard season we are still alive and are fighting until the end. The motivation is there for Liverpool to go on and win the game. We need to be ready for the game.

A draw won't be good enough for Antonio Conte's side as they have a far worse goal difference compared to Liverpool and Spurs so we should see the hosts going for it this afternoon. When it became clear that we could sell him in the window then we had to do the deal and find other solutions.

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