Hansen: Confidence key at Chelsea

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Alan Hansen believes Liverpool are more than capable of causing an upset when they travel to Chelsea next weekend.

The former Reds defender was disappointed with the performance of Kenny Dalglish's side against Swansea City on Saturday, with Michel Vorm in inspired form for the Welsh outfit at Anfield in a 0-0 draw.

Whilst the Blues got back on track with a 1-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers, Hansen is confident Liverpool can continue their fine away form when the players return from international duty, adding to Andre Villas-Boas' woes at Stamford Bridge after the 5-3 defeat to Arsenal.

"Chelsea are struggling a bit, and their confidence levels are low having conceded 5 goals at home to Arsenal, and Liverpool have won four away games on the bounce," the BBC pundit told LFC magazine.

"Liverpool's players should go to Stamford Bridge feeling confident that they can make it six in a row by winning there twice."

'King Kenny's' team will need to improve on their performance against the Swans, a performance which Hansen believed 'lacked fluency'. It would be difficult to argue with the ex-Scotland international.

However, the former centre back did note that the side are relatively inexperienced as a team, with many new players still to find their feet completely on Merseyside.

"Liverpool had one of those days where they looked sluggish, lacked fluency, and didn't pass or move the ball well," Hansen summarised the last outing.

"The frustrating thing for all managers is that you never quite know when a day like this will come. Some weeks, you can train really well but be shocking at the weekend, yet on other weeks you can train badly but be superb when you play.

"As disappointing as the result was though, it has to be remembered that this Liverpool side is still gelling as a team, and there will be days when they just don't get going."

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