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Andre Villas-Boas expects everyone but Michael Essien to be fit for Chelsea.

Daniel Sturridge was set to shake off a knock picked up on Thursday that caused him to miss training on Friday morning, while fellow striker Didier Drogba has recovered from the arm surgery he underwent while suspended prior to the international break.

Goalkeeper Hilario is back from a bout of flu, while Essien is on course to return from knee surgery at the turn of the year.

Defender Jamie Carragher is in contention to return to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday having missed the last two matches with a calf injury.

Striker Luis Suarez is expected to keep his place in the starting line-up after being rested for Uruguay's friendly win over Italy in midweek as a precautionary measure after a minor back problem.

Captain Steven Gerrard is still making his way back to full fitness after an ankle infection.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Malouda, Meireles, McEachran, Torres, Drogba, Kalou, Sturridge, Anelka, Lukaku, Turnbull, Hilario.

LIverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Kuyt, Adam, Lucas, Downing, Suarez, Carroll, Doni, Kelly, Skrtel, Coates, Henderson, Spearing, Rodriguez, Bellamy.

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