Benitez looks to take it to the bridge

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Rafael Benitez admires the greater attacking style that Luiz Felipe Scolari has introduced as Chelsea manager but still believes Liverpool can win at Stamford Bridge without Fernando Torres.

The Anfield boss will be trying to mastermind the end of Chelsea's four-year, 86-game unbeaten home league record when the Barclays Premier League's top two clash in west London on Sunday.

Torres has failed to recover from a hamstring injury to face last season's Champions League runners-up, and Benitez said: "We do not have Torres, but I believe we have the fire-power to beat Chelsea. We have been playing well and have good confidence."

He added: "We have enough quality in the squad. We may have been more worried without Torres in the past, but we have improved, we have new players with a very good mentality.

"We have enough to beat a very good team, and that is what Chelsea are. It is too early to talk of titles, but we have the confidence to beat anyone.

"So we will go to Stamford Bridge and try to do our best. If we win it will be perfect and if we do not lose that too will be positive.

"Robbie Keane has a groin strain, we are not sure about him yet, but we will have to wait until nearer the match before we decide.

"(Steven) Gerrard and (Xabi) Alonso will be fit, but Torres will not be available. He may be ready for next week, but for now there is no chance."

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