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Premier League: Fernando Torres and Chelsea renew rivalry with Liverpool

Last Updated: 11/11/12 8:58am

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Chelsea v Liverpool: The clubs have developed a fierce rivalry since the turn of the Millennium

Chelsea v Liverpool: The clubs have developed a fierce rivalry since the turn of the Millennium

Chelsea and Liverpool renew their rivalry at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Super Sunday.

After several meetings in the UEFA Champions League and domestic cup finals, including last season's FA Cup, since the turn of the Millennium, these fixtures have developed into tense encounters.

Add to that the fact £50million man Fernando Torres will likely be facing former club Liverpool and looking for his first win against his ex-employers and it promises to be another fiery clash.

The Spaniard made his debut for Chelsea against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge after his January 2011 move but has lost all three Premier League meetings and also in the League Cup last season.

Torres did not feature in the last campaign's FA Cup final, when Liverpool were defeated 2-1 at Wembley.

Meanwhile, after losing top spot in the table to Manchester United, Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea, who defeated Shakhtar Donetsk with the last kick of the game in the Champions League on Wednesday, will want to get back on track.

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers, who worked on the Blues' coaching staff earlier in his career, is desperate for a change of luck after collecting just two league wins since taking over in the summer.

The Anfield club also travel to London on the back of a Europa League defeat by Anzhi Makhachkala, who won 1-0 against a much-changed side in Moscow.

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England left-back Ashley Cole will once again be missing for Chelsea when they host Liverpool.

Cole sat out Wednesday's Champions League win over Shakhtar with a hamstring injury and manager Di Matteo hopes he can return for next weekend's trip to West Bromwich Albion.

John Terry, back from suspension, will be pushing for a start on Sunday after he was surprisingly left on the bench in midweek, while Frank Lampard is still out.

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Liverpool rested Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin, Daniel Agger, Jose Reina, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and Jose Enrique for their midweek Europa League commitments.

The majority are likely to return to the starting XI at Stamford Bridge, although it remains to be seen if Reina and Johnson are fit.

Reina has missed six matches with a hamstring injury while Johnson has been absent for four games with a similar niggle.

Opta Facts

  • Liverpool have lost only two of their last 11 Premier League games against Chelsea and won the last four in a row
  • Chelsea have now gone five games without a clean sheet in the Premier League, their worst such spell since January
  • Liverpool have played more Premier League games on a Sunday than any other side (187, winning 87)

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-2-3-1
  • Cech 1 Cech
  • Ivanovic 2 Ivanovic
  • Cahill 24 Cahill
  • Terry 26 Terry
  • Azpilicueta 28 Azpilicueta
  • Ramires 7 Ramires

  • Matic 21 Matic
  • Salah 15 Salah
  • Willian 22 Willian
  • Schurrle 14 Schurrle

  • Ba 19 Ba

Team taken from Chelsea vs Swansea City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 13th April 2014

4-3-3
  • Mignolet 22 Mignolet
  • Johnson G 2 Johnson G
  • Skrtel 37 Skrtel
  • Sakho 17 Sakho
  • Flanagan 38 Flanagan
  • Coutinho 10 Coutinho

  • Gerrard 8 Gerrard
  • Henderson 14 Henderson
  • Sterling 31 Sterling

  • Sturridge 15 Sturridge

  • Suarez 7 Suarez

Team taken from Liverpool vs Manchester City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 13th April 2014


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1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26

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