John Aldridge: Liverpool would be too good for full-strength Chelsea

Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes the Reds should win regardless of what Chelsea side Jose Mourinho selects

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

John Aldridge believes Liverpool have too much firepower for Chelsea regardless of the side Jose Mourinho fields at Anfield on Sunday.

The Blues boss has claimed that he wants to rest his key players for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid next week after a goalless draw in the Spanish capital.

I think Liverpool will give Chelsea lots of respect, but I think they will have too much for them on the day

John Aldridge

However, former Liverpool striker Aldridge feels the Reds attacking players will be too good for the west Londoners on Merseyside this weekend, even if Chelsea are at full-strength.

“I don’t think Liverpool fear any side,” Aldridge said. “They respect every team that comes to Anfield, but they will use a lot of pace and presence and direction.

“We’ve got the players to scare defences, and I think Chelsea have got to go there to score goals because Liverpool will score and they might have to score two or three to get a result.

“I’ll be surprised if Mourinho does put a young, inexperienced side out. While you still have the opportunity to win the league, then you’ve got to go for it.

“He’s got a massive semi-final game next week, but if he gets nine points in three league games then Chelsea can still win the Premier League. But whoever he plays, you need to treat them with the utmost respect.

“Liverpool will be much the same side. They may bring in Agger for Sakho, but I think Brendan will leave it. If Sturridge is not fit enough, then Lucas will probably come in.

“Unfortunately we’ve not got enough on the bench to come on and change a game, but the 11 players on the pitch can beat anyone as they’ve shown in the past.

“I think Liverpool will give Chelsea lots of respect, but I think they will have too much for them on the day. Even if Chelsea had their first team out I think Liverpool would have too much, and I’ll think they will win by the odd goal.”

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