Redknapp: Typical Jose moaning about weakened Chelsea v Liverpool

Jamie Redknapp believes the whole issue surrounding the marquee weekend match-up is typical of the Chelsea boss.

"Liverpool can take a giant step towards claiming the trophy with a win over second-placed Chelsea on Sunday," said former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp, 40, to Sky Sports.

Redknapp spent a decade at Anfield and played a key part in the League Cup win in 1995. During his Merseyside spell, Liverpool collected many cups including the FA Cup, the Charity/Community Shield, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

Four years after he left for Tottenham Hotspur, Steven Gerrard inspired Liverpool to the Champions League title, however, there is still one trophy that eludes their grasp - the Premier League trophy in it's modern format.

Liverpool host Chelsea on Sunday, April 27 and victory would see them move eight points past the Blues - an insurmountable margin for Jose Mourinho's side to catch up on, leaving Manchester City, who trail Liverpool by six points but have a game in hand, as the only other competitor in the title race.

Redknapp continued by remarking that instead of column inches being dedicated to what could be a glorious Liverpool climax, the pre-match chatter has instead focused on the prospect of Chelsea fielding a purposefully weakened XI in order to keep the roster fresh for the seemingly prioritised Champions League - a competition the Stamford Bridge side are still in contention for after a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semifinal earlier in the week.

"Unfortunately the build-up to this game has been dominated by Jose Mourinho suggesting he may field a weaker side because of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid. To be honest, I'm already bored of it. It's typical Mourinho - if he's not moaning about his forwards or blaming referees, he's telling us he's going to play a weaker team. Well, he wouldn't be playing a weaker team if he'd done better in the league, would he?"

He added: "If Chelsea were winning the league by three points - and hadn't lost to the likes of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and bottom-of-the-league Sunderland - he wouldn't be playing a weaker team. That's the simple fact. He knows it looks like their race is run and he's looking at excuses.

"The other issue I have with his comments is it's not as though he'll be putting out the under-12s. You pick your squad of 25 at the start of the year and whichever XI he puts out will probably be worth more than Liverpool's XI and a team of internationals.

"Whatever he does, it's his decision," noted Redknapp. "If they get through against Atletico and go on and lift that cup, which isn't impossible, then we'll say good decision. But I'm not going to start feeling sorry for him because the only reason he's doing this is because he doesn't feel he can win the league."

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