Liverpool v Chelsea
Kick-off: 16.00 GMT
TV: Live Sky Sports 1 & Highlights BBC Match of the Day2
What the Chelsea players are saying –
‘This is one of the biggest games for us this season and we have to forget about our recent wins and be ready to play against Liverpool like a final, because this game can be like a final,’ he declares.
‘Fernando Torres is one of the best strikers in the league and the number one striker of Liverpool but we cannot only focus on him because they have other guys in attack who are very dangerous.
‘We have to be ready for everyone and work like a team because maybe Liverpool are waiting for one big game to change their season. We have to make sure not to give Torres and the others chances to change it against us.’
‘It is going to be more difficult than last season there,’ reckons Kalou who started the 2-0 victory at Anfield in May.
‘Liverpool it is always hard to go there. Last year was almost the game for the title and it meant a lot. We had to do a job to reach the title.
‘This time it will be tough because Liverpool need to win games. They are not in a good position but their confidence is coming back so they are going to make it hard for us. It is going to be one of the difficult games of the season.
”No doubt they will pick up. Hopefully it’s later rather than sooner because Anfield is always a tough place to go to get any result, but we’re confident that we’re playing well at the moment, and wherever we go and whoever we’re playing against, we are confident of winning, and we have to take the game to them,’ the captain said.
‘We’ve done well up there recently, it was a massive win there last season obviously with the importance of the game and pressure, and other teams have gone there this season and won so we need to take advantage of that while they’re not having a good time and we are, we need to capitalise and pick up the three points.
‘Winning at Liverpool last year was very important, and we know this will be a difficult game,’ he concedes. ‘We must pay attention for 90 minutes. They have been a little bit down but we have to be strong in the game, in the counter-attack they are very dangerous and we have to score first in the game.
‘We defend well, but we have to mark their forwards, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard closely, they always start with those two and they are very dangerous if they are fit, so we have to make sure we pay attention and do not give them any space.’
“They have the first possibility against us (to win against the strong teams) but we go there top of the league and we want to be in the same position after the game.”
Cech added: “They still have a very good squad and they still have the qualities to challenge for fourth or to finish in the top four.
“Of course, when you have such a bad start to the season everything becomes more difficult and they will have to chase all the way.”
“There is never a good time to go to Anfield because they are a very strong team,” said Drogba. “They will try to use this game to start their season, so we have to be ready.
“We are seeing a different Liverpool than the one from earlier in the season. They have won their last two matches and their confidence is getting higher.
“We have to be careful. It’s true that we shouldn’t fear any team, but we’re going to have some difficult moments. Since I’ve been here, Chelsea v Liverpool has been special and it’s always a difficult game. We’re going there to win, but it’s not going to be easy.
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