Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Key Takeaways from Brendan Rodgers' Pregame Presser

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on April 16, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool need just seven points from three Premier League games to win their first domestic title in 24 years. Brendan Rodgers has masterminded 11 straight wins in the division and will be looking to rack up a crucial victory when second-placed Chelsea visit Anfield on Sunday.

The Northern Irish manager spoke ahead of a momentous Merseyside clash, beginning with vital team news regarding Daniel Sturridge, per Tony Barrett of the Times:

As ever when facing a team led by Jose Mourinho, Rodgers faces plenty of mind games. Mourinho suggested he will field a weakened side at Anfield in order to save his players for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, per BBC Sport.

Andres Kudacki

Having worked under the Portuguese boss during his time at Chelsea, Rodgers isn't going to let his former mentor get the better of him with pre-match claims, reported by Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo:

Rodgers also knows that, despite potentially playing a lesser side, Chelsea possess quality throughout their squad. Even in a worst-case scenario, he expects the Blues' rich pool of talent to compete with his Liverpool stars, reported by Squawka:

Limited expectations at the beginning of the season ensure Liverpool head into the final trio of games under little pressure. Although Rodgers' team are now expected to capture the title, the manager suggested his upcoming opponents should be feeling the heat more intensely, per Barrett:

Rodgers, who received criticism after a stuttering 2012-13 debut campaign with the Reds, also discussed his feelings toward David Moyes, who was sacked from his Manchester United managerial post on Tuesday, noted by Barrett:

As has remained a running theme throughout Rodgers' press conferences this season, his assured confidence is indicative of Liverpool's current run of form.

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The former Swansea boss understands the more his side improve, the greater amount of pressure both he and his squad will face. At this point, his fearlessness acts as a protective barrier toward those who suggest Liverpool may stumble at the final hurdle.

Rodgers' attitude remains impressive. It's not often Mourinho faces an opponent who genuinely seems unblemished by his mind games, suggesting Chelsea will need to be at their absolute best to leave Anfield with any chance of snatching the Premier League crown.