Liverpool vs ChelseaEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:15 Jul 22, 2020, Anfield
LIVERPOOL will be presented with the Premier League trophy at the conclusion of their final home fixture of the season with Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
Jurgen Klopp's star-studded side recently claimed their first domestic league title in 30 years in record-breaking fashion having done so with seven games to spare.
The Reds, following their long-overdue and well-deserved title triumph, have taken seven points from a possible 15 and come into this clash off the back of a 2-1 defeat away at Arsenal last midweek.
With a special Kop ceremony planned at full time, Klopp and Co will be desperate to sign off at Anfield in style by chalking up three points against third-placed Chelsea.
Chelsea will make the trip north after ending Manchester United's long unbeaten run following a well-deserved 3-1 FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley on Sunday.
Having said that, there will be no respite for the Blues this midweek when they resume their closely-fought battle for one of the two remaining Champions League berths.
Liverpool have avoided defeat across their last 56 Premier League matches at Anfield and the bookies expect that record to remain intact with a home win on offer at 21/20 with William Hill while the draw can be backed at 14/5 with Boylesports.
An away success would secure Champions League football for Chelsea next season and that outcome is trading at 27/10 with UniBet.
I'm going to start off by delving into the player stats market with the view to backing Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk to attempt over 68.5 passes at 5/6 with Bet 365.
Taking this approach would have banked profit across 11 of the Dutch defenders last 12 appearances for the Reds and I like the look of a repeat here on a night where Frank Lampard could take a cautious approach by sticking with three at the back.
Klopp's champs dominate possession in most matches – they have averaged 58.9% possession over the course of this campaign – and no player in the Premier League has successfully completed more passes than van Dijk (3071) this season.
When digging deeper it can seen that the Liverpool stalwart has surpassed the 68.5 pass line in 27 of his 36 top-flight appearances this term – all of which adds to the appeal of siding with the above-mentioned angle at Anfield this midweek.
Staying in the player props market I'm also going to turn my attention to Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who looks nicely priced at 10/11 with Ladbrokes to attempt at least one shot from outside the box
The Liverpool full-back is very adept at timing and directing his overlapping runs to consistently contribute to attacking phases of play and his dead ball ability regularly sees him on set-piece duty for the Reds.
Taking this approach does not require the shot to be on target – any attempt form outside the box from Alexander Arnold would see this bet land – and the aforementioned price catches the eye given the fact that the flying full-back is averaging just under 1.4 shots per-game this term.
Finally, given that Andre Marriner is the man in the middle on Merseyside I'm going to have a small play on a booking angle in this bout, namely, for no card to be shown before the 37th minute at 5/6 with Bet 365.
Marriner is arguably the most lenient referee in the Premier League – he is averaging a mere 2.4 cars per-game this season – and he has flashed just one card in three of the last four games that he has taken charge of.
What's more, both sides sit in the bottom-six of the fair play table and with that mind coupled with the brief disruption that the drink break brings I'm happy to back the book to remain unopened before the 37th minute.
This English Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea will be played on Jul 22, 2020 and kick off at 20:15. Check below for our tipsters best Liverpool vs Chelsea prediction.