Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side have learned from last season’s crushing defeat to Chelsea and will go looking for the victory he hopes will kick-start their season.
Last April Jose Mourinho, under whom Rodgers worked first time around at Stamford Bridge, came with Anfield with a tactical plan to stifle and frustrate and take advantage of any weakness.
It worked perfectly as the then free-scoring home side failed to break down a disciplined defence and were caught twice on the counter-attack – the first coming, now famously, after Steven Gerrard’s slip allowed Demba Ba to race through to score.
The defeat was the beginning of the end of Liverpool’s title dream but now the tables have turned and it is Chelsea who are in top spot, unbeaten in their opening ten matches.
Mourinho will have adapted his game plan for Saturday but Rodgers insists his team are ready for the considerable challenge which awaits them, having already lost at home to Aston Villa and been held by Everton and Hull.
“We will have learned from that. This is a new challenge and it will be a tough game,” said Rodgers.
“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 and Diego Costa, one of Europe’s top strikers, and 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 and they are a strong outfit.
“This offers us a great chance at home to get a great result and then hopefully that can kick-start the season for us.
“I can see the improvements in us day-by-day.
“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.
“We are trying to find that solution and balance but that is something which is ongoing.”