Manager Rodgers goes with the same lineup that edged past Norwich City last weekend, with Sturridge only good enough for the bench against his former club, as Liverpool go in search of their 12th consecutive win and an eight-point lead at the top of the table.
For visitors Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho selects 20-year-old Czech Tomas Kalas for his first Premier League appearance at centre-back, with Gary Cahill and John Terry both missing from the starting lineup.
Cahill drops to the bench, while Terry is missing altogether after picking up an injury during Tuesday's Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan, Gerrard, Allen, Lucas; Coutinho, Sterling; Suarez
Subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Cissokho, Alberto, Aspas, Sturridge
Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Kalas, Ivanovic, Cole; Matic, Mikel, Lampard; Salah, Ba, Schurrle
Subs: Hilario, Ake, Cahill, Van Ginkel, Baker, Willian, Torres
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