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Pressure on Chelsea, not Liverpool says Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed there is no pressure on his team ahead of their crunch match with Chelsea.

The Red's face off against Jose Mourinho's team at Anfield today and Rodgers insists all pressure is on his opposite number and his side.

The former Chelsea youth team supremo also suggested Manchester City were under more pressure than Liverpool, despite them sitting six points adrift of Rodger's team.

Speaking ahead of today's game, Rodgers told BBC Sport: "Everyone talks about pressure but that is Manchester City or Chelsea - when you spend that sort of money and expect to win the league.

"I don't think there is pressure on ourselves, only what we have from within. Look at Tottenham ... [when] you spend over £100m you'd expect to be challenging for the league.

"People talk about pressure but it's absolutely wonderful."

The Merseyside outfit have taken the league by storm this season and are just seven points away from clinching a historic first Premier League title.

Victory in the title race would also represent Liverpool's first league title since they lifted the old first division in 1990, and it would be fitting for Steven Gerrard to finally get his hands on a league winners medal in the 25th anniversary year of the Hillsborough disaster.

Gerrard's chances may be boosted by Mourinho's threats to field a severely weakened team ahead of Chelsea's midweek Champions League semi-final second leg, but Rodgers dismissed the notion of mind games, and suggested there's no such thing as a weakened Chelsea team.

He said: "Jose's a winner, he won't give up. There's certainly no mind games from him towards me. He knows me well enough to know that it wouldn't bother me one iota what
anyone says or does.

"I've seen some things written about them playing a weaker team but I think it's hugely disrespectful to their players if they're deemed to be the weaker ones in the squad.

"Whatever team they put out, it'll cost more money than ours and it'll be more experienced than ours."

Liverpool go into the game boating a fantastic home record against the top teams this season - maximum points have been gained from games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham, with 16 goals scored in the process.

Another win against top six opponents would end Mourinho's chances of lifting the Premier League title in his first season back at Stamford Bridge and leave Manchester City as the only rivals to Liverpool's potential crown.

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