Even so, Conte remains focused on getting Chelsea back into the top four after a run of three successive league wins.
After their Champions League heroics in midweek, it was anticipated that Jurgen Klopp's side could have been suffering with physical and mental tiredness - but they started the better of the two sides and fashioned a couple of chances from Sadio Mane. With a game in hand, Chelsea still have nine points to play for in the Premier League and a win on Sunday would be huge for their aspirations of being together with Europe's royalty.
Fresh from sealing a place in the Champions League in the final on Wednesday, Klopp has decided against making wholesale changes for the test against Chelsea.
"You must be good to deserve it, but at the same time you must be lucky".
The Blues' top four-bid received a boost on Saturday afternoon after fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion, and they can move to within a point of their London rivals with a win today.
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Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the final day of the league season would do the job before Liverpool focus on their European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company. Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out with long-term injuries while Joe Gomez could be back after an ankle injury. In contrast, Chelsea's winning the league in 206/17 was more to do with perseverance as you can not manage to slack in a 38 game season.
Rudiger's fine display is something that fans have come accustomed to this season, but Tiemoue Bakayoko put in his first good performance of 2018.
"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.
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.
"We have two semis again against Chelsea and Brighton and then we have two weeks".