Chelsea may have an aura of invincibility about them at the moment, especially at Stamford Bridge, but they hold no fear for Liverpool in today's top-of-the-table encounter. It is 86 games since Arsenal inflicted the last home Premier League defeat on the Blues back in February 2004, but few may remember that just a month earlier, a goal from Bruno Cheyrou gave Liverpool victory at the Bridge.
As Robbie Keane points out, 'records are there to be broken'. The striker is expected to shake off a groin injury to face Luiz Felipe Scolari's side, the only other unbeaten team in the Premier League so far this season. "Chelsea is a massive, massive game for us and I'm sure we will go there believing that we can get a good result," said Keane. "We know it won't be easy and Chelsea have made a good start to the season themselves, but that doesn't mean we will be intimidated by them or anything like that." Liverpool have belief this season, grinding out impressive results, including a win against Manchester United, with superb comeback performances.
That spirit is something that troubles Scolari who warned: "We need to respect this team because they change results and never accept to lose. This is the difference from other seasons. When they concede one or two goals they have confidence to think they will make three. But I don't ever talk about losing. We need to fight to make sure we don't lose." Rafa Benitez is likely to be without his talisman Fernando Torres, who has a hamstring injury, but the Liverpool coach said: "In the past we may have been more worried without Torres, but we have improved. Chelsea are doing well, but they are not perfect. If they were perfect they would win every game."