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Liverpool Vs Chelsea, Sun 7 Nov 2010

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Striker Fernando Torres will return to Liverpool's starting XI for Sunday's visit of Chelsea after being rested for the Europa League win over Napoli.

David Ngog, whose fitness will be assessed after a severe tackle from Salvatore Aronica on Thursday night, will make way for the Spain international.

Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez will also come back in while there is an outside chance Dirk Kuyt could return after missing the last five games with an ankle injury.

Defender Glen Johnson is set for his first Barclays Premier League appearance for a month after making his comeback from a thigh problem against Napoli.

Ryan Babel could return to the squad after a rib injury but Joe Cole

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes his side pose enough of a threat to give Chelsea "a hell of a game".

Carlo Ancelotti's side have won 12 of 14 Premier League and Champions League matches, losing just one at Manchester City in September.

However, Hodgson insists every team can be beaten and plans to prove that point on Sunday as Liverpool go in search of a third successive top-flight win.

"I don't think any team is unstoppable, quite frankly," Hodgson said.

"All teams, however good they are, are stoppable. All teams will have bad days and will lose matches.

"They might not lose many in a season but they will lose some.

"There is no doubt we have to hit the ground running against Chelsea and we will.

"I think I can guarantee our fans Chelsea won't leave here without having had a hell of a game on their hands."

After back-to-back wins over Blackburn and Bolton, Liverpool's revival looked to be coming to an end against Napoli after a poor first half.

But from being a goal down at the interval they were pulled up from the depths by an inspirational display from captain Steven Gerrard, who came off the bench at the break and scored a hat-trick to turn the match around.

Hodgson knows Chelsea are unlikely to allow the England midfielder to dominate proceedings as much as he did against the Italians.

The former Fulham boss is concentrating on ensuring the team performance is the best it can be, and there have been signs of improvement recently.

"You hope come Sunday they do not have one of their better days - which will assist us - or by contrast we have a very good day and cause them plenty of problems and that is what I am working for," said the 63-year-old.

"We have just got to be good at our game and be aware that they pose special threats and we have to make sure we defend well against those threats."

Chelsea will still be without Frank Lampard.

He will start training with the squad next week and coach Carlo Ancelotti also has doubts over Florent Malouda and Michael Essien (toe).

The Italian coach named nine of the starters for the game with decisions to be made over Malouda or Salomon Kalou in attack and Ramires or Essien in midfield.

Chelsea captain John Terry insists it is vital for the Blues to pile more pressure on the chasing pack as they enter a crucial period of the season.

Three of the Blues' league games in December feature a high-profile clash with Manchester United, plus away games at Arsenal and Tottenham and Terry says it is vital they gather as many points as they can in the build-up to a frantic period.

"If we continue this run until Christmas when the games come thick and fast it proves difficult for the opposition, the teams in second, third or fourth if the gap is getting no closer because of us winning," said Terry. "It gets frustrating, so it is an important couple of months for us."

But Terry is under no illusion that a difficult test awaits them at Anfield. Last season's 2-0 victory virtually sealed the title for the double winners but Terry knows it won't be easy despite Liverpool's poor start under Hodgson.

"No doubt they will pick up," said Terry. "Hopefully it's later rather than sooner because Anfield is always a tough place to go to get any result.

"But we're confident that we're playing well at the moment, and wherever we go and whoever we're playing against, we are confident of winning, and we have to take the game to them.

"We've done well up there recently. It was a massive win there last season obviously with the importance of the game and the pressure, and other teams have gone there this season and won so we need to take advantage of that while they're not having a good time and we are. We need to capitalise and pick up the three points."

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