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Summary

  1. Terry heads in early Chelsea opener
  2. Gerrard replies with back-post header
  3. Loftus-Cheek makes full Chelsea debut
  4. Reds give Chelsea players guard of honour
  5. Liverpool's top-four hopes all but over

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. 'I'd love to come back'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard speaks to BBC Sport: "It was a nice touch [from the Chelsea fans]. I know they've absolutely murdered me for years because I never signed here. It was nice touch but I'm well aware it was only a moment. I've had great support from the Liverpool fans, that's all that matters to me.

    Steven Gerrard

    "It's very difficult at the moment. It's going to be difficult to let go. I've been here 27 years. I'm walking away with my held held high, I'm really proud of what I achieved here. Some lows too but it's a part of being a footballer. I grew up in the city dreaming of representing the club and I've achieved more than I thought I would.

    "I'd love to come back in some capacity. That's out of my control. Liverpool's in my heart. I'll support from afar for a couple of years. When I return in a couple of years, whoever's in charge of the club, it's down to them."

  2. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard has been back out to face the cameras once more and says that he is finding his last few weeks of playing difficult, he'd love to come back to the club in a different role some day and he's achieved more than he ever thought he would at Liverpool.

    Full quotes to come.

  3. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Liverpool midfielder turned Stoke City charge Charlie Adam tweets: "Top interview from Stevie G."

  4. 'The applause was amazing'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho talks to BBC Sport: "It was a proper game. It was not a pre-season game. Both teams were trying to get a result. Was Chelsea at their top? No. But were they at a level where we show we want to compete? Clearly. It's normal, people like Jon Mikel Obi, Loic Remy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, many weeks without playing, in the second half they felt it. The second half was a bit difficult for us but we competed for what we have to compete for, the dignity of the Premier League."

    Jose MOurinho

    On the ovation for Steven Gerrard: "I'm so happy with that. The negative song Chelsea fans sing for him is respect for an old, dear enemy that fought so much against us in every competition. After that, the standing applause is amazing. To get it at Anfield he gets it week in week out, year after year but away from home it shows a lot.

    "Moments like that and when Crystal Palace come here and fight and win, Burnley fight like lions, us losing at home to a League One team in Bradford, moments like that make this country special."

  5. 'It's been a privilege'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to BBC Sport: "I've worked with Steven Gerrard now for nearly three years. I knew from the outside he was one of the best of a generation but when you come in and work with him it's been a great privilege.

    Jose Mourinho

    "I worked here for four years with John Terry. He is the best centre-half in the league in his years. A wonderful passer of the ball and a warrior.

    "It's quite simple. From where the two teams were last year it's straight forward. Chelsea took in three starters that came into their team [Fabregas, Courtois, Costa]. We are missing three in Suarez, Sturridge and young John Flanagan. They took three in, we lost three. The players we have had have given everything but we are fifth and that's probably where we are at at the moment."

  6. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Jake Saunders: How painfully ironic that this result would have been perfect for Liverpool at this stage last season.

    David Mackay: With top 4 gone and nearly £200m wasted on players, is Rodgers going to keep his job? If Klopp is available I can't see it

    Tom Castle: The only ones excited about that match are the accountants. Pointless.

  7. 'The end of an era'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers speaks to Sky Sports: "I think we got off to an awful start. A disappointing goal from our perspective. We got ourselves back into the game, a good header from Stevie was well worked and I thought in the second half we were outstanding, we just lacked that bit of quality in the final third."

    On the early Fabregas challenge and booking: "It was poor tackle, very, very early in the game and one we are disappointed the referee didn't see. You can see Fabregas jumps in and catches Raheem."

    Steven Gerrard

    On Steven Gerrard being substituted: "Steven has worked brilliantly and it was more just to give him the acclaim on what will probably be the last time he played at Stamford Bridge. I think he's been a thorn in the side of Chelsea supporters because they know he's got star quality but I think they recognised today the end of an era, of a special player."

  8. 'They slaughtered me all day'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on Chelsea fans applauding him as he left the pitch: "Chelsea fans have shown me respect for a couple of seconds but slaughtered me all day. What's important is the support from the Liverpool fans, they've been with me from day one."

    Steven Gerrard

    On Jose Mourinho: "I have huge respect for him. He's the best manager in the world in my opinion. I would have signed for him on three occasions if I wasn't such a big Liverpool fan. He's the reason my head was turned on a couple of occasions but he knew why I couldn't do it, because I love Liverpool Football Club. It always means more when you win for your people."

  9. Text us on 81111

    Dan in London: "LFC miss out on champions league, Utd stumble into it, City fail. Fair to say that everyone below Chelsea would like the season to end now? It's not been great."

    Tim in Marlow: "How many Liverpool regulars will end this season with their reputations enhanced? Henderson, Coutinho and Emre Can I think - but no-one else."

  10. 'It's been tough'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard speaks to Sky Sports: "I think now this team's got to prepare for next year. We wanted to make a statement with our performance today. Unfortunately we didn't win the game but we've shown that with a few additions we can compete next year."

    On giving Chelsea a guard of honour: "It's not nice the guard of honour but Chelsea have won the league, they deserved it but it wasn't nice doing it.

    "We've shown we've come up a bit short. I think it's important the lads get some rest, the owners try and dig deep and help Brendan out. There's a great core of players here. This league is getting more and more difficult every year. We lost Suarez, we haven't had Daniel Sturridge, it's been tough."

  11. 'I will miss Steven Gerrard'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "It was a good performance if you understand the circumstances. When a team is always playing at the limits to be champions, a team that is champions last weekend it is normal that you lose a bit of intensity.

    "But we worked hard. We had players at a positive level and we were competing for a result. We were very good in the first half. Physically we went down in the second half.

    Mourinho

    "It was important for us to show that we are champions and we have the dignity of trying to get a result. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, I took him off because I could imagine him suffering in the final 30 minutes.

    "He came off at the right moment, he understood what the Premier League is and it couldn't be better.

    "To get an ovation at Stamford Bridge is special for Steven Gerrard, we have lots of respect for the top guys. I will miss him."

  12. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Good news for Manchester United as the draw today means that they are all but guaranteed a place in the Champions League.

    Liverpool will have to win both remaining games, United to lose both and there be a 14-goal swing too.

  13. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Guard of Honour

    Steven Gerrard says it wasn't nice to give Chelsea a guard of honour but Chelsea deserved it.

    Full quotes to come.

  14. 'Chelsea do just enough'

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea do just enough. They played averagely today, some of the players were poor. There may be some anger in the dressing room at the goal they lost as it was terrible marking from one individual."

  15. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Quite right too. If you can't enjoy four days off, what can you do?

  16. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "You look at some of the Chelsea boys, a couple of them have had as much as four days off this week. They look as though they enjoyed it."

  17. FULL-TIME

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    All over. Champions Chelsea sleepwalk to another point, Steven Gerrard and John Terry on the scoresheets. It could easily be 2005 all over again.

  18. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "This was a real chance for Liverpool. I thought Chelsea would be off their game a little and they have been."

  19. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Filipe Luis

    Jordon Ibe with dancing feet beats a man on the brink of the box but that man John Terry is across to make the tackle. Peerless again.

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    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "It's going to have to be something special to get through and John Terry I think gets a little block on that Henderson effort."

  21. INJURY TIME

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    There are four minutes added on.

  22. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Hang on! Philippe Coutinho goes reasonably close to a winner, his low shot hits the heels of a Chelsea defender and almost diverts past Thiabuat Courtois, there's not enough sting on the shot though and the big Belgian is able to adjust and save.

    Jordan Henderson then fires wide. Liverpool ending well.

  23. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Glad you enjoyed some film chat in lieu of any football action. It's the end of term, maybe we'll just watch films and play Buckaroo next week.

  24. Text us on 81111

    Vincent, Bradford: "RE: 72 mins I've heard the upcoming Chelsea season review has got mixed reviews. Some say it's a bore. Some say it's a masterpiece."

    John, Liverpool: "Hi Tom yes I just saw One Night in Istanbul. Great film (2014) about Liverpool's fifth European Cup win a decade ago this month. It'll be some time before Chelsea get a film methinks."

    AB, Leeds: "Mr Henry and the powers that be need to be brave this summer - love Rodgers but he's taken us as far as he can. Let's get Klopp in to take us to the next level and challenge for the title regularly like the 80s! No more mediocrity!"

  25. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Jordon Ibe

    Five minutes to go. This has been a dog's dinner of a second half.

  26. SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    The sixth and final change of the day. Juan Cuadrado replaces Loic Remy. Cuadrado hasn't done much in a Chelsea shirt yet. Can he kick on next year?

  27. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Not a great moment from Filipe Luis, a poor attempt at a dragback sees him robbed by Liverpool sub Jordon Ibe, and all he can do is cynically haul the winger down.

  28. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Thibaut Courtois has to adjust his ample frame and get down low to keep out a deflected cross from Raheem Sterling. That was sneaking in at the near post.

  29. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    Chelsea fans mock Steven Gerrard

    "Steven Gerrard never looks particularly happy to go off. The Chelsea fans all around us are standing to applaud him. That's much better. That's the entire ground stood up. A really nice moment."

  30. SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard is coming off - and plenty of Chelsea fans stand to applaud him too. Lucas is on for the final 10 minutes.

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    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "At the moment Chelsea's best player by a distance is Fabregas.

    "In the build-up to that play if you look for the Chelsea players who have played to their ability today there's not many."

  32. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers

    Martin Skrtel is able to continue after some treatment. Liverpool clear the corner but Eden Hazard then beats Skrtel with a driving run, Dejan Lovren slides in to win it back brilliantly. Signs of a return to life as we edge towards the end.

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    Khan Karn: What is it with Rodgers and Lallana? Best player today and subs him off, Sterling should have been off instead. Dalglish better.

  34. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Cesc Fabregas

    That's more like it, Cesc Fabregas winning a block tackle on the edge of the box, beating a man with a nice turn and then hitting in a left-footed effort which Martin Skrtel blocks bravely. Skrtel is hurt in the process.

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    Adam: Never seen so many players slip over in a game. Did the groundsmen overwater the pitch to try and catch Gerrard out again?

  36. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    A shot on target! There we go. Cesc Fabregas - demasked in this half - weaves past a tired challenge and hits a left-footed shot straight at Simon Mignolet. Chelsea's first effort of the second period.

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    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Anyone seen any good films lately?

  38. A lazy Lambert Sunday...

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Rickie Lambert settles down on the Liverpool bench. It's safe to say he's had busier days. Just 15 touches for the striker.

    Rickie Lambert touch map
  39. Eight days a week

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    John Terry has put the ball in the back of the net (including an own goal) on every day of the week this season in all competitions.

    There's nothing happening in this game but you can't argue with stats like that can you?

  40. SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Rickie Lambert comes off and on comes a youngster of their own - Jerome Sinclair makes his Premier League debut.

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    Willian puts a low cross in and Martin Skrtel batters it into the stands. Roll on pre-season.

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    Roy Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson will be on the phone. No shots on target in the second half though.

  43. SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is replaced by Nemanja Matic to a standing ovation. He didn't stand out - but he amazingly leaves the pitch with that 100% pass completion record intact.

    Chelsea
  44. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    John Obi Mikel

    Jon Mikel Obi goes into the book and then Adam Lallana sees a shot blocked.

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    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Jose Mourinho

    Cesc Fabregas has lost possession 17 times so far. Ruben Loftus-Cheek - None.

    I'm not sure Loftus-Cheek has played a particularly enterprising pass but he's not given it away once.

  46. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I bet he wishes he hit that first time. Willian's touch gave chance for him to be closed down."

  47. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Willian is dragging Chelsea back into the game. Again he finds room on the right and this time his low shot is deflected into the side netting.

  48. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Eden Hazard and Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard with a peach of a crossfield pass out wide but Glen Johnson's cross is poor. Johnson is then exposed at the other end as Willian twists past him and hammers a shot inches wide of the far corner. Venomous strike.

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    Simon Worthington: Sterling playing like he has given up on playing for Liverpool, like Torres did when he wanted out.

    Stephen Flanagan: As an Arsenal fan, I'm happy to see Gerrard leave Pool! Yet again their top scoring midfielder which raises a lot of questions!

  50. Captains on the scoresheet

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard has eight league goals this season, three more than his opposing captain John Terry.

    Steve Gerrard and John Terry

    Gerrard has completed 72% of his 32 passes today, Terry 96% of his 22.

  51. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    All Liverpool since the break. Don't forget that Jose Mourinho has only lost one league game at home in charge of Chelsea.

  52. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Philippe Coutinho

    Liverpool well on top at the start of the second half and Philippe Coutinho is so close to a second goal, firing into the side-netting after Raheem Sterling had beaten Filipe Luis on the edge of the box. Fine approach play!

  53. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool put together a neat attack with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson linking up, but Adam Lallana can only scuff a shot across goal. Promising.

  54. KICK-OFF

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea fans

    Here we go then, back under way.

  55. 'How long will this go on?'

    Chesterfield player Ian Evatt claims he was attacked on the pitch by supporters following their defeat at Preston North End.

    "It's well reported I'm an ex-Blackpool player," he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "After the final whistle the Preston fans invaded the pitch. I was surrounded by a couple of hundred fans at least, shouting abuse, spitting, I got hit and kicked a couple of times.

    "More than pushing and shoving. I've reported it to the police and Sky Sports have given the police the footage of the two guys who threw the punches.

    "To be honest it's so disappointing. How long will this go on for until there's a real serious incident? It's too easy for fans nowadays to invade football pitches. Something needs to be done about it. The more it goes on the more likely there will be a serious offence and a serious injury to a player."

  56. Mr. 100%

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed every one of his 23 passes in that first half. You can't argue with that!

  57. Post update

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    Steven Gerrard's last two Premier League goals have both been headed; only one of his 26 goals immediately before that were scored with his head. A new trick for an old dog. Will he be scoring plenty in the MLS?

  58. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen tweets: "Captains Fantastic sums up the first half at Stamford Bridge."

  59. Can you beat Lawro?

    Predictor graphic

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    Map out the road to Premier League and cup glory by predicting the scores for all the remaining ties in the Premier League and the FA Cup final and see how your guesses fare against BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson.

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    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "Hard to have anything but utter admiration for Steven Gerrard. The epitome of everything that's required to be a great footballer."

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    It's been a big week politically but let's deal with the serious stuff, who would you pick in your football cabinet?

    Football cabinet

    We need nominations for a prime minister, chancellor, home secretary, defence minister, education minister, health minister, justice & foreign secretaries. Tell us why you made your choice by commenting on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page. or on Twitter at #motd2,

    The best will make it on to Match of the Day 2 tonight.

  62. Post update

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Alan Green

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "It's been at times over aggressive, we've had two goals from two inspirational figures for their clubs."

  63. HALF-TIME

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

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    The sides look like heading into half-time on level terms then, with two ex-England captains scoring simple headers.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "You almost can't write the script. You think of the two gaols, good old fashioned headers. I wonder if it was Mikel who was supposed to be marking Gerrard, the technique is perfect. Heads it down and into the corner. When they get the free-kick there is a lot of work to be done and the block on Thibaut Courtois is the reason that goal is scored."

  66. GOAL

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard

    Two poor goals from set-pieces! Steven Gerrard evades the attentions of Jon Mikel Obi to nod Liverpool level at the far post. Woeful defending. Gerrard has been getting plenty of grief from the Chelsea fans but his celebrations are pretty muted.

  67. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Vinnie Jones

    I'll be mildly amazed if this game doesn't end with at least one red card. Branislav Ivanovic is the latest to go in the book.

  68. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Some of the Chelsea players are phoning in this display, the title is won after all, but Loic Remy is aiming to make the most of his chance. He starts a nice move down the left, goes for a one-two but Eden Hazard's return ball is poor. Moments later Hazard skins Emre Can and wins a corner.

  69. 'I was punched, kicked and spat on'

    Play-off problems

    Some news reaching us from the aftermath of the lunchtime League One play-off game between Preston and Chesterfield, which Preston won 3-0 and 4-0 on aggregate.

    Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt has said he was "punched, kicked and spat on several times" by rival fans who entered the pitch after the match.

    Evatt, who used to play for Blackpool, Preston's Lancashire rivals, said: "To be attacked on a football pitch and fear for your safety is an absolute disgrace."

    Chesterfield said Evatt had given a statement to police "following an alleged assault as he left the pitch, surrounded by fans".

  70. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Gerrard and Fabregas

    A huge cheer as Steven Gerrard falls on his backside when challenging Cesc Fabregas. You'll never live it down Steven. Never.

    Can Chelsea get a second before the break? They send the big guns up for a free-kick.

  71. Post update

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    Jose Mourinho

    Listening to your inner youth can get you into trouble. Wise words from Pat there. Boring, boring Chelsea? I wouldn't go along with that bit it's a boring, boring game.

  72. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "There is no way young Zouma can carry on. He is lightning fast and Rickie Lambert just ran away from him, so he definitely can't carry on. His youth is telling him to carry on but there's no point taking a chance now, you can do some serious damage."

  73. SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Kurt Zouma comes off, limping on one leg. Gary Cahill comes on. Solid deputy.

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    David Warner: I absolutely would have Lambert back at Southampton next season. He suits our style and would be good competition for Pellé.

    Matthew Rouhani: Still trying to figure out how Coutinho made the team of the year ahead of Aguero, Silva, Eriksen, Cazorla & Cesc.

  75. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Kurt Zouma

    Kurt Zouma was hobbling very early on after an awkward landing and he is now sitting down pointing suspiciously at his right knee. Looks like the end of his game as Diego Costa watches on from the stands. He's in with the fans today. He's just an Ordinary Joe.

  76. Carroll's ravenous appetite...

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Earlier today former Liverpool turned West Ham striker Andy Carroll uploaded an Instagram video of him flipping pancakes. A short while later and he's cooking again, this time a barbecue. He is on a post-season diet already it seems.

    Andy carroll's barbecue
  77. Post update

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    Simon Mignolet

    Terrible punch from Simon Mignolet, flapping at a Cesc Fabregas corner and almost steering it into his own net. Liverpool can't deal with Chelsea's set-pieces as Willian's corner from the other side flashes across the goalmouth.

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    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on Instagram: "Watching the boys. Resting my hip in bed. Would love to be there today but next season I will be."

    A television shows Chelsea v Liverpool

    Sturridge has undergone hip surgery and is likely to miss the start of next season.

  79. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Rickie Lambert

    Rickie Lambert goes in the book now for sliding into Thibaut Courtois off the pitch as the ball went dead. Is that worth a booking?

  80. GREAT SAVE!

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Cesc Fabregas

    Lovely move! Loic Remy plays in Cesc Fabregas with a deft backheeled volley, Fabregas breaks the lines to run in on goal but the angle is acute. He wants support in the middle but there is none, and he has to shoot. Lashes it in hard and Simon Mignolet pushes it clear.

  81. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Loic Remy

    Loic Remy is another striker who hasn't had the most productive of years but he does well here, moving out to the left channel before nutmegging Martin Skrtel and going down. The defender is booked.

  82. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard floats a lovely ball onto the instep of Rickie Lambert but the striker is offside. Would Southampton fans take Lambert back? His Liverpool year hasn't worked out.

    The game is in a lull.

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    Did Hamman

    Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge have eight goals between them in the league. John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill share 10. That's a stat which has not escaped former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamman on Twitter.

  84. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana

    Adam Lallana joins Cesc Fabregas in the book, a real attacker's challenge on Branislav Ivanovic.

  85. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I have to say I'm quite impressed with the attitude of the Liverpool players considering they are a goal down. They've not gone into their shells, They're not hiding. Raheem Sterling is looking to get on the ball at every opportunity."

  86. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    I've still not seen a conclusive replay of the red/yellow card confusion in the opening 30 seconds. Hopefully at half-time I'll get a good view of what went on.

    Cesc Fabregas was booked though and he now pulls over Raheem Sterling again. What's rattled his cage?

  87. Post update

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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek has 100% passing accuracy in his first 15 minutes. You can't ask for more than that on your first start.

  88. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Glen Johnson pops up on the left wing, he drives past Branislav Ivanovic and puts a low cross shot into the side-netting. Liverpool rallying now, Philippe Coutinho picking the ball up on the left of the penalty area and hitting in a strike which Thibaut Courtois plucks out of the sky.

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    Chris Leonard: Love how Liverpool and Spurs have thrown in the towel in a desperate attempt to avoid the Europa League.

  90. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Cesc Fabregas wriggles away from a challenge and sees his shot well blocked. Chelsea have had 54.7% of the play in the first 10 minutes.

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    Richard: It's not often I cheer a #CFC goal but killing off #LFC's Champions League challenge is worth it.

    Bob: How is that not a red card for Fabregas!! Chelsea as usual get away with murder. Filthy play.

    Ian Foster: You'd think after 3 years in Charge Rodgers would realise the way he sets his team up to defend corners doesn't work.

  92. Post update

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    John Terry

    John Terry is now the highest-scoring defender in Premier League history, with 39. He overtakes David Unsworth with that header. Chelsea's procession continues. Philippe Coutinho has Liverpool's first strike on goal but it is deflected wide.

  93. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Nothing particularly complicated about that. John Terry wanted it more, simple as that. Rickie Lambert didn't make a challenge, he just stood there."

  94. GOAL

    Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool - John Terry

    John Terry

    He's played every minute of every game in the Premier League and John Terry rises to head home Chelsea's opener! He gets well above Rickie Lambert and powers a header down and into the net. Woeful marking from Liverpool.

  95. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I certainly saw a yellow card shown to Fabregas. I think he's right to give him a yellow except it could have been and maybe should have been red."

  96. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    A baffling start to the game there then. Both sides still have 11 men on the field though. Chelsea win a corner after an attack down the right.

  97. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

    Alan Green

    BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I'm sorry. The referee is meant through his signals to tell people in a stadium precisely what has happened. It has not been a good season for referees."

  98. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling

    Cesc Fabregas is high and late on Raheem Sterling, it's a nasty challenge and Fabregas is booked. It seems that Jon Mikel Obi was shown a red card by accident in the aftermath though.

    What is that all about? After a brief lull in proceedings Mikel has a smile on his face and nobody has been sent off. I'm as confused as you are.

    NOBODY HAS BEEN SENT OFF. Fabregas's challenge was nasty though.

  99. KICK-OFF

    Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

    Thibaut Courtois

    Game on at Stamford Bridge.

  100. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is deep in conversation with Jon Mikel Obi. They'll share the central midfield duties today, the youngster looks rock solid.

  101. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Roman Abramovich

    Chelsea take to the field down the centre of the blue carpet. 'Champions!' rings out at Stamford Bridge but there's a slight air of awkwardness from both sets of players. It's all a bit irregular.

    Jose Mourinho waits inside until the formalities are completed before stepping out to The Liquidator.

  102. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard could have played for Chelsea 10 years ago. He leaves the Premier League in just a few weeks' time without a winners' medal, and now he has to welcome former England team-mate John Terry and co out as new champions.

    He must have mixed feelings but he's ever-professional, stopping to ask the mascot if she is felling nervous.

    "Enjoy your day, we'll look after you," he says before leading his side out either side of the blue carpet.

  103. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    The tinkerman is in town. Claudio Ranieri never won the league with Chelsea but he's here to see Jose Mourinho's third-title winning side.

    How many more medals will Jose add to the collection?

  104. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Rian Hoskins: Remy could score today, showing Liverpool should have signed him. Hope Filipe Luis impresses as I want him to stay at Chelsea.

    RedIsaac: LFC buy class striker - an absolute must. Class centre-half equally important. Title lost last year due to leaky defence

  105. Roll out the carpet

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    A blue - rather than red obviously - carpet is rolled out for the champions. Liverpool will line it and salute Jose Mourinho's title winners.

  106. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Praise from on high for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The sprinklers are on at the Bridge, the sun is out, it's made for a good game. Let's hope both sides serve us one up.

  107. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "I saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek perform many times with @LinekerTobias at Chelsea's academy. Not surprised to see his emergence. Hugely talented!"

  108. Predictions - who's winning?

    Predictor graphic

    Dartford FC's fans are currently proving themselves to be the most knowledgeable in the country as they sit top of the BBC Sport predictor league table after the opening seven games. Burnley may have been relegated yesterday but their fans are showing the best knowledge of any Premier League supporter base, in 10th place overall.

    Sunderland fans had topped the predictor league after yesterday's opening Premier League match with many of their fans' optimistic predictions that their team was going to win 2-0 at Everton proving accurate, although they have now slipped down to 42nd, 10 places behind Newcastle United. If it is a sign for the real-life Premier League relegation battle, Hull City are currently below them both in 100th place.

    You can play the BBC Sport predictor here.

  109. Can you beat Lawro?

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a Mystic Meg? Why not have a go at this?

    Map out the road to Premier League and cup glory by predicting the scores for all the remaining ties in the Premier League and the FA Cup final and see how your guesses fare against BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson.

    Play our BBC predictor game here.

  110. Women's World Cup

    The Women's World Cup is less than a month away, and England manager Mark Sampson names his squad on Monday for the tournament in Canada.

    But who will make the squad? Take a look at the contenders here.

    You can watch every game from the World Cup, which starts on 6 June, live on the BBC Sport website.

  111. Text us on 81111

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Ed in Exeter: I look forward to Loftus-Cheek giving Mikel a lesson in how to be effective in midfield. This guy is the real deal.

    Mo in Manchester: I think 3 years is enough time to show your progression, Luis Suarez aside, I'm sorry to say we are exactly where we were. Abysmal signings- and there was no complaints of world class attraction with champions league football this year. He [Rodgers] has to go.

  112. Beeney Man

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Mark Beeney
    Image caption: When goalie kits were goalie kits

    Remember Mark Beeney?

    The goalkeeper played for Leeds and Brighton among other clubs in the 1990s and is now goalkeeping coach for Chelsea. He taught Petr Cech all/some/a fraction of what he knows.

    Anyway, his son Mitchell Beeney is Chelsea's sub keeper today. Permission to feel old.

  113. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Of course, there is a neat parallel between the two sides this afternoon and their contrasting styles - and fortunes.

    Few could argue that Liverpool were the most entertaining side to watch at times last season. Inspired by Luis Suarez, they were superb from Christmas onwards and came close to winning a first title in a generation.

    Steven Gerrard

    But where did they come unstuck? Against Chelsea at Anfield last April. Brendan Rodgers was suckered in to trying to beat Chelsea when a draw would have done the job, Jose Mourinho's pragmatic approach saw Chelsea win with two goals on the break and Liverpool won nothing.

    Would you rather be called 'boring' with a winners' medal around your neck or complimented on being a stylish loser?

  114. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Alex Klinger: We [Liverpool] need Benteke. Proven 20 goal a season striker who we have a chance of getting. Plus Milner if out of contract

    Peter Campbell: Liverpool could still be a point behind Man Utd, before Man Utd play again, against Arsenal. Keep the faith!

    Firas: So glad to see Loftus-Cheek starting. Really hope Jose keeps his promise to integrate Solanke, Boga and co next year.

  115. 'You made me better'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made him a "better manager" before their final Premier League meeting today.

    Gerrard almost signed for Chelsea during Mourinho's first spell in charge of the Blues in 2005, and the Portuguese revealed he also wanted him at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

    Gerrard
    Image caption: 'Last one to the MLS gets the Chili dogs in. Deal.'

    "My dear enemy, he has made me a better manager because to stop him has been very difficult," Mourinho said, adding that he tried to sign him three times.

    "I am very sad this is the last time I will face him."

    Would Gerrard have shone at Real?

  116. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Excellent scouting report Joe, many thanks for that. Let's see how he goes on.

  117. Text us on 81111

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Fraser from Northern Ireland: With the exceptions of Sturridge, Coutinho & Emre Can, Rodgers has wasted hundreds of millions on duds & gets it wrong too often in big matches. Time to go. I'd take Rafa back but would prefer Klopp please

    Joe from London: From an avid Chelsea U21 watcher; if Loftus-Cheek puts in a performance today I can see him becoming a regular next season - great physical presence with passing, shooting and pace unexpected for his age.

  118. Turn the other one

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    They don't Richard [any relation to the Quo?], they don't. Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts. What do we know about Chelsea's new face today then?

    Chelsea

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a 19-year-old midfielder who has been on the fringes of the first-team squad all season. He made his debut just before Christmas, replacing Cesc Fabregas late on in the Champions League group match against Sporting Lisbon.

    His sole Premier League appearance came at the end of a 1-1 home draw against Manchester City.

  119. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Andrew Price: Rodgers was always going to have a tough year, but constantly putting players out of position doesn't help

    Ebrahim Sait: Looking at the two benches Liverpool have nobody to make a difference on the pitch compared to Chelsea

    Richard Parfitt: Loftus-Cheek in the starting XI? Do my eyes deceive me?

  120. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "When the respect [guard of honour] comes from a giant club like Liverpool it is something really nice."

    Don't overdo it Jose...

  121. Post update

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    How will Chelsea feel about Liverpool giving them a guard of honour?

    "Very uncomfortable actually," John Terry told Fox Sports earlier in the week.

    "Because they're fellow professionals and fellow peers, it seems a bit strange for them to be standing out. I think both sides will be a bit uncomfortable. They're a very good side, people like Stevie G (Steven Gerrard) I have a lot of respect for. It just wouldn't seem right if I'm honest.

    "But if it's been instructed to them we'll accept it because we're very proud of what we've achieved but with that same token not being too ungrateful."

  122. Liverpool confirm guard of honour

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirms that his side will give the new champions a guard of honour.

    "We are a club of class and humility", he said.

  123. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Chelsea

    Chelsea hand a first start to youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield as they make five changes. Loic Remy starts up front.

    Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Remy

  124. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool are unchanged so Rickie Lambert gets a rare start.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Can, Gerrard, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Sterling, Lambert

  125. Simply the best?

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Combining his two spells in England, Jose Mourinho's win percentage is better than any manager in Premier League history.

    He has won 135 of 193 Premier League games in charge of the London club, which comes to a win percentage rate of 70%. Under Mourinho, Chelsea have lost fewer than one in 10 league games.

    Mourinho has coached Chelsea in 96 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, losing just one (W75 D20 L1).

    Mourinho vs other managers
  126. Get the chequebook out

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    One summer deal which should surely be a formality - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is close to agreeing a new contract after securing a third Premier League title.

    Mourinho, 52, is halfway through a four-year deal signed on his return to Stamford Bridge in June 2013.

    And further talks are expected in the coming weeks with the club and the Portuguese keen on a long-term option.

    In his first spell between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho won consecutive Premier League titles and succeeded this season with three games to spare.

  127. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    This title race turned into a sponsored walk, Chelsea cruised over the line easily.

    Rodgers
    Image caption: Is Brendan Rodgers under any real pressure at Liverpool? Has this season been a failure?

    But Liverpool fans, what do you need to do in the summer to compete again next season? Who do you want in, who do you want out?

    Was this season a failure? Or was the first season after Luis Suarez always going to draw a blank?

    Let us know. Get in touch at #bbcfootball, pop on to the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area.

    You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  128. Lawro's prediction

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Football Analyst

    "I am not sure what sort of team Jose Mourinho will pick now that Chelsea are confirmed as champions but it will not be seriously weakened because he will want all the players who won him the title to play.

    "There will still be something of a carnival atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, though, and because of that I am backing Liverpool to nick a point. 1-1."

    See all of Lawro's predictions here.

  129. 'Boring, boring Chelsea?'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Chelsea may have verged on the dull in the last month or so.

    But is it really fair to chuck the 'boring' tag at them this season?

    Eden Hazard

    In Eden Hazard they possess the league's best player. A player who has created the most chances from open play in the Premier League this season (88) and has also beaten an opponent with a dribble on the most occasions (160).

    His deputy Cesc Fabregas has assisted more goals than any other player in the top five European Leagues since the start of last season (30) - one ahead of his nearest rival; Lionel Messi (29).

    They have scored 69 goals in the league - only fewer than Manchester City (71) - won at least four more games than anyone else and by the final day of the season, they will have led the table for 274 days of the season - a Premier League record.

  130. 'Boring boring Chelsea'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    The word 'boring' has been banded about a lot when it comes to describing Chelsea of late.

    Jose MOurinho

    From chants from visiting fans to ironic chants from their own fans, everybody has a say on the champions' style.

    In their last five games they have scored six goals from 16 shots on target, they've only conceded once and have picked up 13 points from a possible 15.

    That's what you call making the most of your limited chances. Boring? Or ruthless, brilliantly efficient?

  131. Stand up for the Champions

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Andre Schurrle

    In August you wowed us.

    Diego Costa

    The first few months of the season were mightily impressive as your new faces threatened to tear the league apart.

    Man City

    At Christmas you faced a real threat.

    But as your rivals faded you - perhaps understandably - dialled down the style and ground out the results.

    John Terry

    You are worthy champions.

    But please Chelsea, for the sake of the neutrals, can you go back to the boys of (last) summer again?