Liverpool boss says the pressure is on Chelsea

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said while speaking to the BBCthat all the pressure is on Chelsea ahead of the critical title race match at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds need seven points from their last three matches to win the league title for the first time since 1990 and know that a win at home against Chelsea would end any title chances that the Blues had.

“Everyone talks about pressure but that is Manchester City or Chelsea – when you spend that sort of money and expect to win the league,” said Rodgers.

“I don’t think there is pressure on ourselves, only what we have from within. Look at Tottenham – [when] you spend over £100m you’d expect to be challenging for the league.

“People talk about pressure but it’s absolutely wonderful.

“I haven’t slept better. It’s why we work and whatever happens we’ll have had a brilliant season.

“We will do the best we possibly can. At this moment, we have been absolutely outstanding.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has talked about resting key players for the Liverpool match knowing he must play Athletico Madrid in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge with the Blues in pole position to reach the final in Lisbon after a 0-0 draw in Madrid leading to some people saying that the Portuguese manager was playing mind games, which Rodgers disagreed with knowing Mourinho well after working under him at Chelsea between 2004-2007.

“There’s certainly no mind games from him towards me. He knows me well enough to know that it wouldn’t bother me one iota what anyone says or does.

“I’ve seen some things written about them playing a weaker team but I think it’s hugely disrespectful to their players if they’re deemed to be the weaker ones in the squad.

“Whatever team they put out, it’ll cost more money than ours and it’ll be more experienced than ours.”