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Brendan Rodgers confident ahead of Chelsea battle

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Ahead of Liverpool's clash against Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday afternoon Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is in confident mood and insists he won't be buoyed by purported mind games from his former mentor.

Liverpool stand just seven points away from their first league title in 24 years ahead of the game at Anfield, and can knock Jose Mourinho's side out of the race with victory.

The Reds have won their last 11 games on the bounce, and Chelsea are likely to have one eye on the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid next Wednesday.

However, Rodgers isn't worried about Mourinho resting his key players or injuries:

"We'll go into the game with confidence. Whatever team Chelsea put out, it will cost more than ours. People talk about pressure being top of the league and say that you can't sleep well but I haven't slept better!" said the 41-year-old.

Mourinho though was more coy when it came to his pre-press conference, perhaps in light of his most recent fine from the FA.

"Every time I speak there is a consequence. I don't feel free, if you want a better press conference then speak with the FA. The most important thing for me is my club and the supporters of my club. I play mind games? You wait for Sunday and Sunday you will know our team." said the Chelsea boss.

Mourinho has also had problems with the FA because of the timing they were given ahead of their clash at Anfield. The title battle sits in between their first and second leg of the Champions League semi-final.

"If we are not helped to try to follow our dreams and objectives, one more reason for us to try to think about us and only us." said Mourinho.

Liverpool have scored 96 goals in the league this season which gives Rodgers plenty of reason to feel confident, but he will come up against the league's best defence in Chelsea.

However, they have been boosted by the return of former Blues man Daniel Sturridge to full training. Rodgers though, is cautious about rushing the England man back.

"We'll give it another 24 hours. He's working hard with the medical team so we shall see. If not, we've coped before and managed without a number of players. We'll assess that over the next 24 hours." insisted the table topping tactician.

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