Liverpool FC face league leaders Chelsea on Saturday and would be looking for revenge for their defeat in this fixture back in April, which was a turning point in Liverpool’s title surge.
“It’s obviously a big game,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“In the game last season, we didn’t get the result and we performed well for 70 minutes, but we just couldn’t get the breakthrough. We’ll have learned from that. This is a new challenge and obviously it will be a very difficult game for us. They are unbeaten and the strongest team at the moment in the league – that’s why they’re top. But for us playing at Anfield, regardless of the opponent, we have every confidence that we can go and get a good result.”
Gerrard’s slip which resulted in Chelsea’s opening goal scored by Demba Ba was targeted as the moment that cost Liverpool the title. Rodgers hailed his team’s captain and said that the player should be lauded for returning from such an incident.
He said, “I think Gerrard recovering mentally shows the magnificent response from him. There was no blame. He was instrumental to our run last year and how well we played. He’s a big character and bounced back well from that”.
Rodgers said that Chelsea are even stronger than they were last season.
“They’re obviously stronger than last year. They’ve got big experience, both domestically and European, and that helps them massively,” he said
“Then add to that the players that have come in this season, Costa is one of the top strikers in Europe, and Fabregas is obviously a real creative force, then of course they’re a very strong outfit. It’s a challenge, but I can see the improvements in us day by day, and that gives us a good chance to get a result and hopefully kick start our season.”
Rodgers said that his team would look to exploit any potential weaknesses in Chelsea’s set up.
“You always analyse the opponent and see the areas where you can have some joy,” he said.
“Defensively, they are strong and play a lot of the game on the counter-attack… Today we have done some work on that and tomorrow we will refine our tactics. And hopefully, it can be a game that can kick start things for us.”