Such is the anticipation of Liverpool fans of their game against Chelsea that ticket prices have gone upto £10,000 a pair in the illegal market. Police have send warning to the fans to avoid getting involved in the black marketing.

Merseyside police have warned Liverpool fans desperate to see their team take a decisive step towards their first title for 24 years against Chelsea not to be tempted by illegal sellers, with tickets for the match being touted at up to £10,000 for a pair.

Meanwhile, not just the Chelsea match, the final home game of the season, against Newcastle, is also long since sold out.

Various online ticket resale sites are asking upwards of £600 per ticket to see Sunday’s potential title decider. Resale of Football tickets is illegal in England. Craigslist features adverts from sellers purporting to have tickets in their hand, on offer for up to £5,000 each, together with various warnings from those who claim to have been scammed at previous matches by touts supplying fake tickets.

Victory for Liverpool against Chelsea and for the 12th successive league game would surely mean that their 24-year wait for the league title is over, but Brendan Rodgers knows that even Chelsea’s supposed ‘second XI’ is a formidable barrier to that aim. José Mourinho will still select 11 players who are the envy of most of the Premier League, and it goes without saying he won’t simply give up the title race.

Some Premier League clubs have arrangements with authorised secondary ticketing sites such as Viagogo and StubHub, allowing fans to resell unwanted tickets on an authorised platform. But those clubs who have allowed fans to do so at a profit have been accused of muddying the waters and effectively condoning “legalised touting”.

The police on Merseyside warned fans against buying tickets from anywhere other than official sources and reiterated that all remaining home games at Anfield were sold out.

“Merseyside police works closely with both its Premier League clubs to eradicate the unlawful sale of tickets,” a statement said.

“We would urge people to only purchase tickets from official outlets as tickets purchased from non-official sources may not be valid or allow access. In addition, the remaining Liverpool home games are sold out and valid tickets are no longer available.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge will have his fitness monitored and could replace Lucas Leiva on Sunday. On-loan Victor Moses is ineligible against his parent club, while Jordan Henderson remains suspended.

Chelsea could name a weakened team with next week’s Champions League semi-final in mind. Petr Cech and John Terry are absent through injury, while midfielder Ramires is banned after his off-the-ball incident last weekend. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho travelled to Liverpool separately from his squad as he has been feeling unwell.