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Brendan Rodgers aiming for big result against Chelsea

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Brendan Rodgers admits that Chelsea having deservingly scooped the Premier League title - however believes Liverpool can win against the Blues on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea sealed the top-flight title last Sunday with three games left with a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace, winning their first league prize in five years.

Jose Mourinho's men don't have a lot to play for this Sunday having already wrapping up the league, however, Liverpool still have plenty at stake. The Reds sit fifth in the Premier League - four points behind Manchester United - and a Champions League finish is still possible.

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The Merseyside club have an uphill task if they are to compete in Europe's elite club competition next season, especially playing Chelsea this weekend.

However, Rodgers states his side can take all three points against the London side and keep tracks on United.

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"We're going into the game at the weekend looking to win," he said.

"Chelsea are obviously deserved champions, they've been the best team, but all we can do is control the last three games, look to win those and see where we end up. I'm purely focused on the game.

"I congratulated [Mourinho]. They're the deserving champions and to win it with a few games to go is obviously pleasing for him.

"But it doesn't take away from what we're looking to do and we want to finish the season strong.

"We played well in the [League Cup semi-final] game at Chelsea but hopefully this time we can play well and get the result."

Tough Game

With just three games to play, Liverpool will be desperate to leapfrog Manchester United and finish in the top-four.

Time is against the Reds and they could not have a more difficult fixture in the run in than travelling to the champions. 

Chelsea have been formidable at Stamford Bridge this campaign and have yet to taste defeat on home turf with 14 wins and three draws. The Blues have been dominant in west London and struck fear into every opponent when playing at the ground.

Liverpool's away form hasn't been highly convincing this term, scooping just 26 points on the road. Recent away losses to Arsenal and Hull City are fresh in Kopites' minds and will be hoping their side can improve significantly.

Right Time

Now that Chelsea have won the league, Liverpool could not ask for a better chance to play Mourinho's side.

Having wrapped up the title three weeks early, the Blues' manager has given his side a decent spell away from the training field so his men can put their feet up and rest. 

With Chelsea having little to play for, it could significantly affect their performance. Mourinho may look to give his fringe players a run out and also allow youngsters to take an opportunity in the first-team.

Liverpool will line-up with their strongest team possible on Sunday and will look to take advantage of Chelsea's easy approach to the game and could hand the champions their first loss in the league at home this term.

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