FULL TIME. That's it, Chelsea win 2-0 to hit the Reds' title hopes and re-ignite their own. Thanks for your views today, advantage to Man City now who play Palace next.
GOAL - WILLIAN!!!! Sturridge loses the ball and Willian and Torres back forward with the ball. Willian passes to Torres who returns the ball for Willian to slot home from close range.
Cole is booked for delaying taking a throw in. He takes but Torres fouls and also gets a booking near the Liverpool box.
Aspas takes the corner on the right but it is straight at Willian who clears.
Liverpool win a corner on the left. They take and Suarez shoots at goal from 20 yards which Schwarzer pushes over for another corner on the right.
Four minutes of added time are announced.
Willian takes the throw in but Liverpool win another in a similar position.
Willian releases Torres into the Liverpool box. He passes back to Willian and the Blues keep possession before winning a throw in on the left in the corner.
Gerrard tries to feed a pass through to the right side of the box but it goes out for a goal kick.
Gerrard tries another long range effort but it is again wide.
Schwarzer makes a poor punch from a cross from the left but Azpilicueta eventually clears.
Torres is on for Ba.
Liverpool take the corner but Chelsea clear. Ba could have released Willian on goal but misses the pass and a grateful Reds clear.
Liverpool take and Coutinho tries a long range effort and wins a corner on the right.
Sterling gets to the left byline and wins a corner on the left.
Aspas is on for Flanagan as Liverpool try and get back into the game.
Coutinho plays a great pass from the right but Suarez can not get on it in the centre and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Suarez crosses from the left to Gerrard in the centre but his header from 12 yards lacks power and Schwarzer gathers.
Cahill is on for Schurrle as the Blues try to protect their lead - there are 3 centre backs now for a back 5.
Gerrard tries another long range effort but this one is way wide.
Play resumes and Mikel and Schurrle are allowed back onto the pitch.
Chris Green says: "The home side should be on level terms now - how they haven't found a way past Mark Schwarzer is beyond me!" I think the nerves are getting to the home side myself but they are stepping it up now.
Mikel and Schurrle are down injured and play stops.
Gerrard tries a powerful 28 yard shot which Schwarzer can only parry but he gathers at his second attempt.
Liverpool come again and Suarez crosses from the right byline to Allen eight yards out who tries an effort but it is blocked.
Coutinho puts the corner into the box but Matic clears.
Gerrard plays a great ball from the centre towards Sterling in the box but Willian tracks him and puts it out for a corner on the left.
Gerrard crosses from the right and Azpilicueta puts it out for a throw in ten yards out on the left.
Sterling passes into the box but it runs through to Schwarzer to gather.
Lampard takes the free-kick put Skrtel clears the box.
Coutinho catches Schurrle for a Chelsea free-kick 25 yards out on the left.
Play re-starts - Chelsea kicked the ball out for Ba to get treatment but Liverpool don't give them the ball back, earning boos from the Blues fans.
Skrtel and Ba go for a header and Ba goes down injured but it is ok to continue.
Gerrard creates a yard of space for himself before shooting at goal from 20 yards in the centre but it is straight at Schwarzer who gratefully gathers.
Allen tries a low effort from 22 yards on the left but Schwarzer gets down well and saves to his right.
Chelsea take their free-kick but Matic losses the ball.
Willian wins a free-kick 35 yards out on the right. It is so nervous here at Anfield and it is affecting the players on the pitch I feel whereas Chelsea are able to play their normal game.
Gerrard tries to play a one-two with Suarez on the edge of the box but Chelsea intercept and break clear. Willian runs towards the box and feeds the ball to Ba on the left who shoots from 16 yards but Skrtel blocks and clears.
Schurrle cuts inside from the left and tries an effort from 25 yards in the centre but Mignolet makes a great save to his left low down.
Gerrard tries an effort from 25 yards but it is blocked. The ball falls to Coutinho who shoots from 22 yards on the right but it is well wide.
Willian is on for Salah for Chelsea.
Liverpool take the corner on the right and the Blues partially clear before Suarez tries a lob from 230 yards on the right but Schwarzer gathers on his line.
Liverpool take the corner but Chelsea partially clear. The ball comes back to Allen who tries a volley from 16 yards in the centre and Schwarzer makes a great save to his left to push the ball out for a corner on the left.
Sturridge is on for Lucas for the Reds. It is a great move I think - Anfield is very nervous and it has given everyone a lift.
Gerrard crosses to Flanagan on the left and Salah puts it out for a corner on the left.
Coutinho feeds the ball to Allen on the edge of the box who tries to find Suarez to the left of goal but Azpilicueta intercepts and clears.
Gerrard tries a long distance effort from 25 yards which takes a slight deflection but Schwarzer saves easily to his left.
Johnson feeds the ball to Suarez, who crosses from the right byline into the centre but Azpilicueta heads away.
Suarez runs into the left side of the box but Matic tracks back and tackles.
Liverpool come again and Sterling crosses from the right byline and Chelsea partially clear. Gerrard tries an effort from 22 yards but it is well wide.
Sterling goes down under a challenge of Kalas on the edge of the box but the ref waves play on and it goes out for a goal kick.
Johnson makes a strong run into the right side of the box, gets around Schurrle but Cole shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.
Gerrard crosses into the box but Ivanovic heads away at the near post.
Suarez crosses from ten yards on the left and wins a corner on the left.
Johnson cuts in from the right with the ball but hangs onto it too long and Schurrle tackles.
Suarez runs with the ball into the right side of box. Lucas is in an offside position and leaves the ball but Suarez does also and Schwarzer gratefully collects the ball. A let off for the Blues.
Liverpool re-start the game.
"2-1 to liverpool we can fight back to win this. YNWA Mark N" Cheers everyone, the team are back on the pitch, here we go...
"Gerrard slipping somehow managed to capture several years and a few hundred matches for Liverpool in an instance. If ever there was a sign a club is destined to choke that was it. Chelsea and City to fight out the title. Henry may have lost the curse of the bambino, but he now has the curse of Stevie G." Todd McGarry
Kirsty Tenby says: "I would love Chelsea to win today being a City fan gives us a better shot for the title with Liverpool's next 2 games not being huge hard games! I defo see a couple of goals the 2nd half, it's just about Chelsea staying one foot ahead! I am hoping for a 2-1 Chelsea but not sure I will get what I want!"
"Reckon Jose will be warming the bus up right about now.."Gavin Wright, Perth Western Australia
Chris says: "Come on you blues!! Great to see the title may still be up for grabs as a neutral... Will be a very interesting final few games if Chelsea win and City beat Palace later!!"
Sam says: "Really hoping the blues stick this lead out!! Come on boys!"
"Adam from Liverpool here, time for Sturridge on for Lucas and back to the diamond. Will be tough to break down Chelsea now but once we get one the crowd we be well up for it and we can push on for 2nd. Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea."
Dave says: "This is vintage Mourinho Chelsea. This Chelsea side know how to grind out results, so this is Liverpool's biggest test. For me, it's Chelsea to win 2-0! Come on you Blues!!!!"
Rio says: "It's funny ba could score a hat trick he will still be gone before next season. I can see chelsea hanging on for 1 goal victory, which may hand man city the title."
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 11/4 for a Liverpool win, 2/1 for the draw and 10/11 for a Chelsea victory. My 2-2 draw with Ba to score first is definitely on - we just need some more goals second period! What are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to email@example.com and I will post up the best when I've got my brew!
HALF TIME. The Blues go in a goal to the good after Gerrard's slip. Stay with us for the second period.
Liverpool press and Allen wins a corner on the left. They take but Lucas heads wide in the centre.
GOAL - BA!!! Ba capitalises on a mistake by Gerrard. Sakho passes to the Liverpool skipper about 30 yards out but he slips and Ba latches onto the ball and runs at goal before slotting home past the advancing Mignolet!!!
Lampard takes the corner. Kalas gets rid of his marker Lucas and heads unmarked from six yards at goal but it goes wide. Big miss.
Ba tries to get onto a long ball and wins a corner on the right off Sakho.
Azpilicueta puts the throw in into the box but Gerrard heads away.
Three minutes of added time.
Chelsea press and Matic's cross from the left byline is partially cleared by Skrtel. Cole puts the ball back into the box from the left and Mignolet punches away and Chelsea win a throw in 30 yards out on the right
Liverpool take the free-kick short and Coutinho tries to feed the ball to Sterling in the box but the Blues clear.
Lampard fells Sterling for a Liverpool free-kick on the halfway line on the right.
Salah is fouled for a free-kick on the right just inside the Chelsea half. They punt the ball forward but Ba is tackled on the edge of the box.
Cole's pass is intercepted and Liverpool feed the ball to Suarez who tries an effort from 22 yards in the centre but it flies just over.
Liverpool come again and win a corner on the left. They take but Cole heads away before Coutinho's crosses from 25 yards on the left goes out for a goal kick on the far side.
Suarez crosses from 20 yards on the right towards the onrushing Coutinho in the middle but Schwarzer gathers the ball.
Matic intercepts a pass from Lucas and Chelsea feed the ball to Salah to the right of the box. He shoots at goal from 16 yards and it hits Flanagan's hand but the ref waves play on, believing it to be ball to hand. Chelsea are not happy.
Lampard puts the corner into the box but Mignolet punches away before the ref blows for a foul on him.
Chelsea come again and Ba wins a corner on the right off Sakho.
Lampard puts the corner into the box, Gerrard heads up into the air at the near post and then Mignolet catches the looping ball.
Salah presses to the right of the Liverpool box and wins a corner off Flanagan.
Coutinho again tries to feed the ball to Suarez to the right of goal but it is just too far and out for a goal kick.
Liverpool come again and Coutinho tries to feed the ball to Suarez in the centre but the Blues clear their box.
Ivanovic catches Suarez in the centre near the Chelsea box and the ball goes out for a Chelsea throw in. Liverpool think they should have a free-kick but to no avail.
Salah tries to feed the ball to Ba to the right of the box but Allen intercepts and clears.
Chelsea win a throw in 35 yards out on the right. They take and Ba flicks on in the box but the Reds clear the danger.
Ba and then Schurrle are tackled near the Liverpool box in the centre. The Reds break forward but Lucas fouls near the Chelsea box.
Liverpool take the throw in and keep possession before Sterling's cross from 22 yards on the left is cleared.
Gerrard takes the free-kick but it is partially cleared. Coutinho then gets to the left byline and crossers to Suarez on the right but his shot is charged down and the Reds win a throw in 15 yards out on the right.
Gerrard takes the corner but it is partially cleared before Flanagan's shot from distance is blocked. Liverpool keep possession and Sterling crosses from the left towards Suarez on the right and Cole checks him for a Reds free-kick 20 yards out on the right.
Liverpool press again and Sterling wins a corner off Azpilicueta on the left.
Liverpool take the free-kick and keep good possession before Salah wins a throw in to the right side of the box.
The Blues press to boos but Schurrle is tackled by Lucas to cheers before Salah fouls Sterling on the halfway line on the right. He is booked.
Ba tries an effort from just outside the box in the centre but Skrtel blocks.
Coutinho tries to pass through the defence to Sterling but Kalas cuts it out. Coutinho then tries an effort from 22 yards out on the right but his low shot goes well wide.
"Michael reply to richard. The problem isn't Chelsea using defensive tactics their well within the right the problem is mourinho complaining when others do it to him #hypocrit"
Chelsea win a throw in 20 yards out on the right. Azpilicueta puts it into the box Gerrard heads away and Liverpool clear.
Gerrard wins a free-kick just inside his half on the left. The Reds punt the ball forward but Lucas commits a foul just outside the Blues box on the left.
Liverpool press and Sterling twice gets tackled in the box.
Suarez feeds the ball to Gerrard who tries an effort from 25 yards in the centre. Kalas partially blocks before Mikel puts the ball out for a throw in 25 yards out on the left ahead of Suarez.
Suarez takes the corner and Cole clears Allen's shot from six yards off the line. Sakho retrieves the ball and crosses back to Suarez, who puts another cross from the right across the face of goal. Sakho is there at the far post but he shoots way over from close range.
Johnson breaks down the right flank and wins a corner off Schurrle on the right.
Chelsea win a throw in 16 yards out on the right. Azpilicueta puts another long throw into the box and it comes off Sakho back to his keeper from six yards.
Johnson takes the throw in. Eventually Suarez floats a cross from 20 yards on the right into Coutinho at the far post but he volleys wide from six yards.
Suarez wins a throw in five yards out on the right off Kalas.
Philip says: "I'm sick and tired of hearing about Chelsea "boring" people......Tuesday was a defensive masterclass and Clough and Paisley won five European cups playing similar footie "
Liverpool take the second corner short but Sterling's cross is partially cleared before Chelsea win a throw in to the right side of their box.
Gerrard puts the corner to the unmarked Johnson 25 yards out. He shoots at goal and wins another corner on the right.
The Reds come again and Sterling gets to the right side of the box and wins a corner on the right off Kalas.
Liverpool press but Coutinho's cross from the left byline is cleared from the box.
The Blues come again and win a throw in 15 yards out on the right. Azpilicueta puts a long throw into the box but Liverpool partially clear. The ball falls to Cole who tries an effort from 22 yards out on the left, which forces Mignolet into a great diving save to his left.
Chelsea take the free-kick and punt the ball towards Ba on the edge of the box but Sakho tackles and clears.
Liverpool press up field but Gerrard's cross field ball from the left is headed away by Kalas before Schurrle is fouled by Johnson for a Chelsea free-kick just inside their own half.
Chelsea come again and Ba tries to cross from the right corner but the Reds clear their box.
Schwarzer punts the ball upfield but it goes out for a Reds throw in on the right near their byline.
Sterling makes a strong run to the right side of the box but fouls Cole as they go for the ball for a Chelsea free-kick.
Chelsea get the game underway.
The teams are out on the pitch and a rendition of 'You never walk alone'... it sends shivers down your spine
More views - Paul says: Just want a LFC win PLEASE....... YNWA... Or will Bourinho ruin another game ?????" Ayesha Ziya says: "Liverpool to win 3 nil. Simple. We will give mourinho a game to watch. YNWA"
MY VIEW - I think it will be a draw here today - Ba has been scoring of late and I reckon he will get the first goal in a 2-2 stalemate which pays a handsome 85/1 on the Sky Bet scorecast! Thanks for everyone else's predictions, not long to go now!
T Lumley says: "Just seen the Chelsea side and it looks really competitive espacially compared to what the media have been saying . Think Liverpool will have to dig deep . Might be their hardest match for some time but still think they can win maybe one nil."
"CHELSEA to win 3-1 with LAMPARD and BA X2! COME ON BLUES!!!#TOBY"
"Yes the Chelsea team is "weakened" but it is still a strong line up. Lampard pushed further on is always a good thing. Chelsea, I think, won't let Liverpool start quick. I'm going for 2-1 to Chelsea." John - Chelsea Fan
Riain in Dublin says: "Been refreshing the score centre page all afternoon to see those line-ups. Now that I have I reckon Liverpool could run away with this one, I'm going to go for 4-1. Having said that, after watching that miserable game at Atletico midweek, I would not be surprised with a bore 0-0 if Mourinho's men can shut up shop." i agree with both those predictions Riain - that's what makes this so intriguing, can the Reds find a way through, or will they be held, like so many others?
"Apart from Kalas this is the Chelsea team I predicted...this will be a tough test for Chelsea BUT.... this is from a 1st team squad of which any 11 should be good enough to compete..." Neil Cheesman. I agree with you Neil, that team will be no pushover, Mourinho will demand nothing less.
Kevin, Liverpool fan, Lewisham says: "I'm nervous that by putting out a "weakened" team that it means the Chelsea players who don't usually get an opportunity to play will therefore be harder to beat as they will play harder to prove themselves 1st team material to Jose! Hope the Liverpool boys are not taking this for granted or could loose this! Keep focused!! (2-1 either way!)" That is a good point Kevin.
"Trying to decide if I watch the game or not. If I don't Liverpool will win 3:1 and if I do Chelsea will win 2:1. Being a Liverpool fan it's a tough decision! Is it just me that sees results going against them when you watch the match? Whatever happens I'll be following your excellent commentary via the Sky Sports Football app. Cheers, Lee." Now that is a conundrum Lee! If it was me I'd probably start watching the game but if Chelsea score, switch off and hope your other prediction comes true!
James Cuthbert says: "I hardly call Chelsea a weak team, Liverpool are starting with a teenager, not Chelsea, Liverpool are fielding an uncapped footballer, not Chelsea, even koalas has been capped at international level. Liverpool are fielding only 1 player over the age of 30 compared with Chelsea's 4 players and they have a £50m striker and £20m winger on their bench. We don't! No hiding place for mourinho!!"
One of our regulars, Chris Green from Huddersfield, says: "Liverpool to win 2-1, with Gerrard and Sterling scoring the goals." He also asks: "Are Man City out of the title race?" While they've got a chance, no way, anyone else got a view on this?
James in Portsmouth says: "Cant really see anything else happening than a liverpool win today,they will be too strong for my chelsea! ill go a 2-1 liverpool win,salah and score for chelsea,but sterling to get the other 2."
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 8/11 for a Liverpool win, 3/1 for the draw and 7/2 for a Chelsea victory. The 3-1 prediction many of you are going for is available at a handsome 11/1!
Neil says: "Won't go down without a fight 3-2 lampard 1st goal Liverpool defence is not great look at the stats COYB"
Ben says: "If we can beat Liverpool with that side... Jose Mourinho deserves a medal." He's got a few Ben, so you never know!
Paul Prince from Chester has bucked the 3-1 trend, saying: "Liverpool don't do drab but Jose has set this up for dull boring draw. Not expecting much from today. 0-0 for me."
Terry from Merseyside says: "Sterling 1st Goal, Liverpool 3 Chelsea 1." it seems everyone thinks it will be 3-1 to the Reds, anyone thinks the Blues can win?
Another 3-1 prediction from Martin Richmond, who says: "Very nervous Liverpool fan here but hoping that Brendan Rodgers' men do the business and move one step closer to that title! going for a 3-1 victory for Liverpool with Suarez, Gerrard and Sterling on target and Ba scoring for Chelsea."
Junaid says: "Hiya steve been waiting for thos since 8am cant sleep. Hoping mourinho puts kids on so liverpool can beat them. Going for 3-1 liverpool" You've the same prediction as Paul - I think you've got your wish with Kalas - 20-year-old on his full debut.
FIRST VIEW - "Can't see anything other than a 3-1 win for the reds! Gerrard or Suarez to score first please :-) c'mon you red men YNWA Paul Herdman" Cheers Paul, enjoy the game!
Teams - Liverpool name the same side which beat Norwich 3-2 last Sunday, but striker Daniel Sturridge returns to the bench after missing that match with a hamstring injury.
Teams - Chelsea's supposed weakened team to face Liverpool at Anfield shows seven changes from the midweek goalless draw at Atletico Madrid, but still includes the experience of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic. Injury denies Jose Mourinho of the services of goalkeeper Petr Cech and John Terry, while suspension rules out Ramires, but the Portuguese opts to leave out central defender Gary Cahill and give Tomas Kalas his Premier League debut after two previous substitute appearances in other competitions lasting a minute apiece.
Referee - M Atkinson.
Teams - Chelsea: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Kalas, Ivanovic, Cole, Matic, Mikel, Salah, Lampard, Schurrle, Ba. Subs: Hilario, Ake, Cahill, Van Ginkel, Baker, Willian, Torres.
Teams - Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Skrtel, Sakho, Gerrard, Allen, Lucas, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Cissokho, Alberto, Aspas, Sturridge.
Welcome to Anfield where leaders Liverpool host second-placed Chelsea in a game which will go a long way to deciding this year's title. Can the Reds pull off win number 12 on the bounce in the league, or will the Blues frustrate Brendan Rodgers' side, just have they have done at Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City among others this season. Send your views / predictions for today's game to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.