Carragher: We beat Arsenal, Spurs, we'll beat full-strength Chelsea

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool legend says the club are capable of getting all three points against Chelsea, even if Jose Mourinho fields a full strength side.

"If Chelsea were at full-strength I'd still expect Liverpool to beat them with the way they're playing and the pace they play at, especially at Anfield," that is the opinion of Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher who implies the result of the Super Sunday showdown between two of the Premier League's title chasers is almost a foregone conclusion and is not dependent on the strength of Jose Mourinho's anticipated selection.

Carragher believes his former club's home form will be pivotal in the clash and points to the results obtained against other elite members of the division as testament to the might of Anfield, while Chelsea's mental focus may be on the Champions League, rather than English competition.

"Look what they did against Tottenham, Everton, Man City and Arsenal - they've beaten all the top teams. Chelsea have had to play that tough midweek game in Madrid and now have another game on Wednesday on their mind."

He continued: "It won't be easy, though, because Mourinho sides are very good in big games. His record in big games, wherever he's been as a manager, has always been great and he'll plan to stifle the opposition, get that result and get out of there.

"It does make things difficult for Brendan Rodgers when he comes to picking how he sets up his team, because he'll be kept guessing about the Chelsea XI. Liverpool of late have settled on a team and a certain way of playing, but who knows if Brendan will make changes in terms of personnel. They've been playing a diamond formation with Raheem Sterling in that position and he's been devastating.

"This is going to be the best defence versus the best attack," said the former defender. "We've had a lot of goals from Liverpool, Chelsea have had a very tight back four but we don't know what Chelsea team we're going to see - John Terry certainly won't be involved and neither will Petr Cech due to injury.

"There's a different type of pressure on Liverpool now because they've been chasing Chelsea and Man City all season and now they're in front; we'll see on Sunday how they handle it. The atmosphere at Anfield has been amazing from the 4-0 win over Spurs - which I think was the first time Liverpool thought they could win the league - then the City game. People will always look back at that win over Manuel Pellegrini's men and say it was the defining moment.

"Each time they play at home the atmosphere seems to go up a notch. I've played in some great games at Anfield and European games but these league games are different."

He concluded: "It's a been dream for Liverpool fans. They didn't expect it and now they're nearly there."

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