Liverpool Face True Test in Chelsea Following Manchester City Knockdown

Ryan TolmichCorrespondent IIDecember 28, 2013

The Reds suffered a knockdown at the hands of Manchester City, but will they have the will to get back up against Chelsea?
The Reds suffered a knockdown at the hands of Manchester City, but will they have the will to get back up against Chelsea?Alex Livesey/Getty Images

When it comes to inspirational sports movies, few inspire quite like Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky collection.

Whether it’s the pugilist's now famous saying of “Yo, Adrien!”, or Ivan Drago cerebrally stating, “If he dies, he dies,” Rocky Balboa has been a part of some of the most quotable lines in movie history.

However, perhaps Rocky’s most memorable quote comes from the 2006 incarnation of the franchise, as Rocky Balboa gave us one of the most inspirational speeches in movie history:

It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!

If I were Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, this speech would be played on repeat every moment leading up to the Reds' matchup with Chelsea this weekend.

Liverpool took a major punch this weekend from perennial powerhouse Manchester City. Despite having their fair share of chances, the Reds couldn’t quite muster a win, leaving the Etihad empty-handed despite a promising performance.

Liverpool suffered a knockdown on Boxing Day, as the loss dropped the club off of the comfortable perch that is the top of the Premier League table. However, it is now time to see exactly what this club has, as it is now their time to get up and attempt to move forward.

The Reds can’t pin the loss on any individual player, despite a lack of finishing to go with Simon Mignolet’s only real howler of the season.

They can’t fault injuries, despite missing captain Steven Gerrard and scoring machine Daniel Sturridge. They can’t even place blame on the linesman, whose absolutely inexcusable offside call robbed Raheem Sterling a sure goal.

The Reds are now given the chance to come up punching against one of the Premier League’s top clubs, as the trip to Stamford Bridge will be a true test of exactly what this Liverpool team is made of.

Will this Liverpool team come out defeated, as Roman Abramovich’s squad has the ability to break spirits in a similar fashion to his Russian compatriot Drago.

Or will the Reds come out fighting, throw some punches of their own and fight themselves back into title contention?

Liverpool’s biggest test of the season will come at the hands of the Blues. If Liverpool hope to live out their own Rocky story this campaign, it begins at Stamford Bridge as it is now time for the Reds to show exactly what they’re worth.

How do you see Liverpool's clash with Chelsea playing out? Leave your prediction below or tweet @R_Tolmich to discuss Sunday's matchup!