Potential Weakened Chelsea Will Mean Little to Liverpool in Premier League Title

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentApril 23, 2014

FILE PHOTO - EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image Numbers 150452492 (L) and 479407505) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Brendan Rodgers ,manager of Liverpool (L) and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The top two teams in the Premier League meet in a league match on April 27, 2014 at Anfield in Liverpool,England.   ***LEFT IMAGE*** WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on August 18, 2012 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea shouts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Chelsea and Galatasaray AS at Stamford Bridge on March 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho's latest claim that he intends to play with a weakened Chelsea side against Liverpool in the Premier League this Sunday, as per Joe Mewis of the Mirror, is a rather tenuous one indeed.

We represent English football and we are the only English team that is European competition. Spain has four and gave them all the conditions to try to have success.

I know what I would do, but I'm not the club. I have to speak with the club.

I would play with the players that are not going to play Wednesday.

The problem for Mourinho now is that every time he behaves petulantly, or publicly makes an odd remark, it's often followed up by the media and fans as, "Oh that's just Jose trying to deflect attention from his players."

Does it work still? Yes, probably. Hence why you are reading an article four days from the top of the table clash at Anfield that starts with the words "Jose" and "Mourinho."

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His latest claim seems simply bizarre. Tactically set up to get the 0-0 draw he desperately craved in Tuesday night's Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid, having got his result, why would that change any of his plans for going to Merseyside at the weekend?

Of course, his team selection against Liverpool this weekend could be forced partially into his own hand with Petr Cech and John Terry picking up injuries in Madrid and the possibility of Ramires being handed a three-match ban by the FA for his elbow on Sunderland's Seb Larsson last Saturday.

But it's not something Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool will be losing any sleep over.

While Mourinho has chosen to do his talking off the pitch this season, Rodgers and his side have been doing theirs on it.

Liverpool have showcased this season a side playing exciting and attacking football with the utmost respect and dignity, which is more than can be said for the bus-parking, media pantomime from West London.

The Reds' run of 11 consecutive victories have come in all shapes and sizes. Some narrow wins, some nervous, some stunning, some high-scoring, some against world-class opposition, some against relegation candidates.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool congratulates Raheem Sterling of Liverpool on scoring their fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in Lon
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Taking a grip of the varying situation and still achieving three points over the course of the 90 minutes in question is what will win Liverpool the Premier League title this year.

Rodgers has got his team playing with a wonderful cohesion and unity. The characteristic smile stretched across Luis Suarez's face when Raheem Sterling finds the back of the net says it all.

Liverpool will be prepared for whatever Chelsea team Mourinho throws out this Sunday because Rodgers has his team very focussed on what they are doing, rather than the plans of the opposition.