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LIVERPOOL v CHELSEA KEY BATTLES

DEJAN LOVREN v DIEGO COSTA

Croatia defender Lovren has started all 10 Premier League matches since his summer arrival from Southampton but has not been able to fully shore up a porous Reds defence. The ruthless Diego Costa, scorer of nine goals in eight league games since joining the Blues, will bid to expose the defensive flaws.

STEVEN GERRARD v CESC FABREGAS

Chelsea supporters continue to revel in captain Gerrard's costly slip in the April defeat, which saw Liverpool's title challenge falter, and the midfielder will not be allowed to forget it. Gerrard has a key role against a more threatening Blues this term, stopping the visitors' beating heart - mercurial playmaker Fabregas.

MARIO BALOTELLI v JOHN TERRY

Balotelli, set to start in Daniel Sturridge's continued absence, has had his critics since his return to England and is still to score in the league, despite eight games and 34 shots. The Italy striker has an opportunity to test Chelsea's defence, who have been indebted to their attackers this term after conceding more than usual. Terry will hope to show he is still a dominant presence at the back and subdue the former Manchester City man.


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