Return to Liverpool with Chelsea will be emotional, admits Rafael Benítez

Rafael Benítez admits that it will be an "emotional" experience when he returns to Liverpool with Chelsea on Sunday

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Rafael Benítez will return to Anfield with Chelsea on Sunday Photo: The Sport Review

Rafael Benítez admits it will be an “emotional” experience when he returns to Liverpool with Chelsea on Sunday but insists he will be focused on securing three points.

The Blues travel to Merseyside looking for a victory to keep their Champions League qualification bid on track, with the west Londoners currently third in the Premier League table.

It will be the first time Benítez has appeared in the Anfield dugout since he left the Merseyside club in 2010 after six years in charge at Liverpool.

And Benítez said: “I am a professional so I will try to do my best to achieve the targets here [at Chelsea].

“I have a lot of friends and good memories so it will be emotional, but I will try to concentrate on the game and do my best for 90 minutes.”

Benítez also admitted that he is wary of the threat posed by Liverpool striker Luis Suárez, who has been nominated for the PFA player of the year award along with Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.

He added: “Everybody here has seen Suárez playing every game. He is a key player for Liverpool, a fantastic player.”

Meanwhile, the Spaniard revealed that Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill returned to full training on Friday, but said the defenders will undergo late fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s clash.

“It is good news,” he said. “We have had Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole training today so that was really positive. Also Marko Marin, who wasn’t training.

“There are no problems apart from Oriol Romeu, the rest of the squad is fit. Maybe it is too early [for Cole and Cahill], but we will see tomorrow after another training session.”

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