An intense contest in stifling heat proved too much at the end of a week which saw Jurgen Klopp's men advance to the Champions League final.
"We don't have a big squad and we had injury problems, so when the boys come back [they] don't have rhythm". Victories over Newcastle and Leicester in their final two matches (both at Wembley) will guarantee them Champions League football next season. Other absentees include Emre Can, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez.
The Reds will be without Adam Lallana, that despite being back to full training, will not be ready for the game on Sunday.
Antonio Conte is happy that Chelsea are still "fighting until the end" after a hard season for last season's champions.
Hopeful of taking advantage of Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Conte said: "This could be a good opportunity for us".
Chelsea slowly grew into the game but Liverpool maintained a threat on the break with Sadio Mane particularly lively coming in from the left.
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While it's still an outside chance, if Chelsea can beat Liverpool this afternoon it would be a real boost to the Londoners as they look to make the top four as Liverpool have an eye on the Champions League final.
Antonio Conte, on the other hand, is desperate for a result against Liverpool and keep their momentum going, with Chelsea now on a three game winning-streak.
"It's completely normal for attacking players to be like this", Klopp told BBC Sport after a result that leaves his side just three points clear of the fifth-place Blues.
"We will see what we can do there".