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Brendan Rodgers ans Steven Gerrard will hope for a different script when Liverpool host Chelsea in the English Premier LeagueReuters

That Steven Gerrard slip – one of the most unforgettable moments of last season – will be on everyone's mind when Liverpool host Chelsea in their English Premier League game on Saturday.

The oh-my-god-did-that-really-happen moment played out on 27 April this year, when Gerrard, with seemingly no worries in the world, slipped horribly and allowed Demba Ba to latch onto the ball, run clear and score, a goal which gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead – they would go on to add another in stoppage time of the second half – and a goal which banished hopes of a Liverpool title.

"It gave the title to Man City, simple as that," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looking to stoke that fire ahead of another crunch clash with their rivals. "Liverpool, with a point in that match, would have been champions. Without it, they lost the title.

"They don't want to think about last season for the bad memories. I'd go back and think about the good memories, the fantastic matches they had, the victories and all the good things.

"It [the 2-0 win against Liverpool] meant nothing to us. After our defeat against Sunderland, that match meant professional pride. We were not in the race [for the title]."

Chelsea are certainly in the race for the title this season, and indeed are the overwhelming favourites at the moment, having opened up a four point lead – six from nearest title rivals Manchester City – in their unbeaten start.

The Blues have looked near unstoppable in the opening ten games, and have been the highest scorers in the league by some margin.

While Liverpool had the enviable attack last season, it will be Chelsea who go into this match with the more potent force up front, and with Liverpool's defence looking leakier than an 18th century pipe, Mourinho's men will certainly look forward to adding a few more goals to the tally.

Chelsea can stretch the lead between themselves and Liverpool to a never-going-to-catch-up-from-that 15 points with a win at Anfield on Saturday.

"Our intention is to win," added Mourinho. "When we have the ball we want to try to score goals and when Liverpool have the ball we have to try to stop them scoring goals. This is the ABC of football. I've done this since I became a coach, and I'm going to do this until my last day.

"They are fighting for the title the same as we are. Of course one is a few points in front but I think they are in the title race.

"I think my players are ready for it, at least mentally ready if not physically where they can have a little problem now and again, but the best way to do it is to think match after match and not about the difficulties."

Liverpool will look at it from their point of view, of course, in that they can cut the lead against Chelsea to nine points with a win, and with it also banish those ghosts from last season. However, on paper, there only looks like being one winner in this match, such has been the form of Chelsea and the lack of it from Liverpool, who lost to Newcastle 1-0 in the Premier League last weekend.

Brendan Rodgers rested several of his key players, including Gerrard, in the midweek Champions League game against Real Madrid, a decision which was roundly criticised, and that decision will come under greater scrutiny if Liverpool crash and burn in front of their own fans for a second straight time against Chelsea.

"It's obviously a big game," said Rodgers. "In the game last season, we didn't get the result. 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."

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The match is set for a 6.15 pm IST (12.45 pm GMT, 8.45 am ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD1. The match can also be watched via live streaming online in India on Star Sports online. TV coverage in the UK will be on BT Sport, with the option to live stream online possible via BT Sport Online Player or Watch BT Sport Online. Audience in the UK can also listen to the match via radio on BBC Radio 5 Live or on the website. Catch the action in the US on TV on NBC Sports, while the game can also be Live Streamed online NBC Sports Extra.

Australia viewers can Live Stream the action Fox Sports On Demand, while viewers in Canada can do the same Sportsnet online. Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do so via SuperSport online.

Team news: Liverpool: Key striker Daniel Sturridge remains ruled out with a calf injury, even if he is slowly but surely returning to fitness. "He's out on the field today with the rehab team, he was moving very well," Rodgers revealed. "But he's probably a little bit of time away [from a return]."

The likes of Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson will return to the starting lineup after Rodgers controversially left them out of the starting lineup against European champions Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea: Such is the situation for Chelsea at the moment that even the injury list is all hunky dory, with Mourinho having no worries at all. Diego Costa, despite not being picked by Vicente Del Bosque for the Spain squad, will play against Liverpool, while Loic Remy and John Obi Mikel have also been passed fit. Fullback Cesar Azpilicueta also returns after missing the last game through suspension.

Confirmed lineups: Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Gerrard, Can; Coutinho, Balotelli, Sterling.

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.

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