Brendan Rodgers has called on Liverpool to banish memories of their last home clash with Chelsea and kick-start their season today. Captain Steven Gerrard made a fatal slip as Demba Ba stole in to open the scoring at Anfield last term, with Jose Mourinho’s men going on to win 2-0 and dent Liverpool’s Premier League dreams.
The Merseysiders headed into that fixture in April top of the table and on the back of an incredible 11-game winning streak, but eventually lost out on the title to Manchester City by two points after losing to Chelsea and drawing their next match with Crystal Palace.
Liverpool’s form going into this season’s fixture at Anfield is in stark contrast to back then, though, as they sit 12 points behind unbeaten league leaders Chelsea after just 10 games.
However, Rodgers – under fire after naming a supposedly weakened XI for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League defeat at Real Madrid – believes this meeting with Mourinho’s side could provide a springboard for the remainder of their season. “It is obviously a big game,” he said. “We’ll have learnt from last season’s defeat to them, it’ll be tough though. They’re the best team in the league at the moment, that’s why they are top of the league.”
SOURCE: Daily Monitor