TEAM NEWS: Traore starts up front for Chelsea as Liverpool name strong side

The German marks a half-century of matches in charge on Wednesday night, and has selected his best available 11 as the Reds wave farewell to their fans for the campaign

Jurgen Klopp has fielded his strongest possible line-up as Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield in their final home encounter of the season, which doubles up as the manager’s 50th game in charge of the club.

Daniel Sturridge spearheads the attack with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana operating off the striker. Emre Can and James Milner marshall the midfield, while Dejan Lovren reaches a half-century of league games for the Reds. 


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The first XI for the visit of the Blues is expected to closely resemble the side that will face Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 18. 

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 encounters at Anfield and are one goal short of recording 150 against Chelsea in the top-flight at home. 

Chelsea, meanwhile, field Asmir Begovic between the posts, as Thibaut Courtois was ruled out by illness from the clash. 

Diego Costa is another absentee for Wednesday’s clash, as Bertrand Traore starts as Chelsea’s solitary forward with Pedro, Willian and Eden Hazard in support.  

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno; Milner, Can; Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino; Sturridge.

Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.

Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore 

Subs:  Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham. 

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