Liverpool latest: Gary Neville’s advice v Chelsea; Heskey comments on Balotelli

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has advised Liverpool not to be naive against Chelsea on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers’s side will host the London outfit at Anfield in the Premier League. Chelsea will head into the encounter as the favourites and have a better squad.

Former England international defender Neville has urged the Reds to show maturity against the league leaders.

‘Moving back to this weekend, one thing Liverpool must not do against Chelsea is come out of it feeling naive’, he wrote in The Telegraph.

‘Last April, when they were going for the title, there was this belief that they could roll over everybody, destroy everybody. Chelsea did a job on them.

‘In the home game against Real Madrid there was a drop in physical intensity after 20 minutes, where they tried to go punch for punch with Madrid.

‘I think Rodgers felt that was the moment Liverpool had to change, and in these last two games we have seen him reacting to circumstance, to make the team more solid.

'They must not come off that Anfield pitch this weekend being called ‘green’ or told they were out-done by Mourinho’.

Neville has also given his opinion on Rodgers’s controversial team selection against Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek.

The Liverpool manager fielded a much weakened team against the defending European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard all left on the substitutes’ bench.

‘None of us is privy to the most private conversations at Melwood, but I found it interesting that Rodgers said, on Thursday, that Gerrard was not dropped against Real’, wrote Neville.

‘Seeing the subs warm-up that night I thought: Brendan Rodgers must have convinced the senior players to buy into this plan.

‘I suspect he will have had many chats with those players this week to keep them onside and stop the negativity around Liverpool creeping into the squad. Steven Gerrard, I would imagine, will have been across every decision’.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has urged Rodgers not to start Balotelli against Chelsea.

‘I would try Rickie Lambert to see what he is capable of doing because he is champing at the bit and we all know he has got goals in him’, he told talkSPORT, according to The Daily Star.

‘I am fan of Mario but at this moment in time it is not clicking for him. He probably needs just a bit of a rest to get that hunger back, that fight back, to go again’.

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