Liverpool Team News

Steven gerrard and Benitez

Rafa Benitez is confident his side can become record breakers at Chelsea for the second time this season.

Earlier this campaign, the Reds ended the Londoners’ 86 match unbeaten home record in the Premier League courtesy of a first-half strike from Xabi Alonso.

Tonight Liverpool return to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie attempting to overturn a 3-1 deficit from last week’s meeting at Anfield.

The Reds know they must score at least three times in order to keep their European dream alive and although no away team has ever achieved that feat in Europe, Benitez believes his side can defy the odds once again.

“We have confidence that we can do it,” said the Anfield boss.

“We know that it will be very, very difficult because they are a good team who have a lead from the first leg.

“But if you look back to earlier in the season we played them at a time when they had not been beaten at home in their previous 86 games and we managed to win that game.

“At that time everyone was talking about the record that they had so to beat them at Stamford Bridge was massive in terms of the confidence of the players.

“We believe that we can do it and the way to do it is by working together as a team and by taking our chances.

“We are Liverpool so we will fight and we will try to do it.

“The people know that we do not give up. We are a team that fights until the very end and this is why we have had so many comebacks already this season.

“Istanbul is the best experience we have had and I think this is the reason why so many people are still expecting something from us despite what happened in the first game.”

PIVOTAL PLAYER: Javier Mascherano. We’ve not forgotten that Liverpool need to score three. They must surely throw men forward – full backs included – at every opportunity but Mascherano will be key to providing enough of a defensive shield to allow his team-mates to try and pull off a miracle at the other end.

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~ by awbroady on April 14, 2009.

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