Liverpool star praises 'outstanding' Chelsea, expects 'difficult' game

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Jordan Henderson has praised the Chelsea side who lead the Premier League title race this season.

Henderson was part of the imperious Liverpool team who came so close to winning the domestic league last season, ending the season two points off their first ever Premier League title.

It was the defeat at home to cross-country rivals Chelsea that all-but ended their hopes of returning silverware to Anfield, and their heartbreak last season seems to have affected their current campaign, with just four wins in 10 games leaving the Merseyside club 12 points off the Blues.

That memorable fixture is repeated this weekend, with Jose Mourinho’s side travelling to Anfield on Saturday, looking to move 15 points ahead of Liverpool, and retain their unbeaten run heading into the oncoming international break. Chelsea have been in remarkably good form this season, with Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas excelling, and leading scorer Diego Costa is set to lead the line having fully recovered from the injury which kept him out of action until last weekend.

The Blues will start the game looking to return to winning ways after their drab 1-1 draw with Champions League opponents Maribor on Wednesday night, and, after a couple of below-par performances, Mourinho will be keen to see the Chelsea side who started the season return. The creative, attacking side were wowing audiences with their performances, and one man who has been impressed with the Blues this season is Jordan Henderson - who is set to return to the Liverpool starting XI for the fixture.

Speaking to the official Liverpool website, Henderson said: “I've been impressed with Chelsea this season.

“They have got some outstanding players but they are working well as a team, are defending very well and have scored some good goals. We know the quality they have got and it will be difficult.”

Although he is expecting a tough game, the 24-year-old Liverpool vice-captain - who is set to add to his 17 England caps in the forthcoming international break - believes that the Reds’ quality will shine through, as long as they keep the belief in their own game.

He added: “We've got a lot of quality in the team as well so we've got to make sure we're working as hard as possible.

“We know the quality will come through in the end. We've just got to keep working in training, look forward and have a lot of belief in the game.”

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