Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that his side will not make the same mistakes they showed when losing to Chelsea 2-0 last season and seeing their title hopes take a huge hit, according to Sky
Steven Gerrard’s now infamous slip saw Demba Ba race through to score while late pressure was punished by Chelsea to see the game out two nil and severely dent Liverpool’s challenge for the Premier League title.
This season sees an altogether different atmosphere about the clash at Anfield – Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions and currently sit a whopping 12 points above a Liverpool side that have been struggling for the majority of this campaign.
But ahead of the showdown Brendan Rodgers has insisted that his side have learnt from their mistakes and despite their poor form can cause problems for the visitors.
Rodgers said: “This is a new challenge and it will be a tough game,” he said. “Chelsea were obviously strong last year and they have big experience in their squad and know the league and that helps them massively.
“Add to that the players who have come in, Diego Costa, one of Europe’s top strikers, Cesc Fabregas, who knows the league and is a real creative force and add Eden Hazard to that who is one of the best young players in the world.
“This offers us a great chance at home to get a great result and then hopefully that can kick-start the season for us.
“We’ve had injuries and in patches we have shown the level of our game is okay but it is not consistent enough and we haven’t scored as many goals as last season.”
There is added pressure on the Liverpool manager to come away with some form of result after he came in for heavy criticism from fans and pundits for resting key players during their Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
The likes of Dejan Lovren, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Mario Balotelli were all left out for the 1-0 defeat and the pressure would ramp up were Rodgers unable to mastermind a result this weekend.
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