Tommy's Smith's viewpoint on Saturday's game. For what it's worth I think he's miles off and think playing 3 strikers in whatever formation would be playing into Chelsea's hands. Against Chelsea (barring their recent wobble) you are invariably f*cked if they score first, especially if you're not playing at the Bridge.
Finnan Carragher Agger Riise
Pennant Gerrard Alonso Aurelio
I think Aurelio has earned a start on the strength of his recent performances (and in all honest the injury crisis on the left of midfield) - hopefully he gets a chance to put in a few teasing balls into the box early on to either unsettle Cech on his return or just unsettle Hilario in general because he is pants.
Liverpool have to win a league game against Chelsea, United or Arsenal some time...will this be it? Can't say I'm overly confident!
Time right to put on style against Mourinho's men
Jan 17 2007
by Tommy Smith, Liverpool Echo
MEMORIES of the Arsenal debacles will fade away to some extent if Liverpool can beat Chelsea in the big Anfield showdown on Saturday.
And Rafa Benitez could snatch a psychological advantage by playing three attackers against the Londoners and give them something to worry about.
I am hoping the boss does play the trio of Craig Bellamy, Peter Crouch and Dirk Kuyt, because victory is vital if the Anfield stars have ambitions to be genuinely challenging for second spot.
This weekend is a big one for the top four, with Arsenal entertaining Manchester United, too. And the Reds owe it to the fans to finally turn it on against top opposition in the Premiership.
Liverpool's' record in the league against their main rivals over the past few seasons has been poor - proving the main stumbling block to fulfilling their dream of winning the title.
Benitez and his team needed the boost of three points at Watford after their Anfield experiences against the Gunners. It was not vintage stuff by any means, but the use of Bellamy, Crouch and Kuyt, was a positive response and they did cause all sorts of problems.
Chelsea are a totally different proposition - but they are not without their troubles.
Rock-like John Terry is missing and his presence gives a calming influence to those around him.
But results have not been that impressive, with recent draws against Reading, Fulham, Villa and Wycombe (Carling Cup), before they hammered Wigan.
It has allowed United to open up a six-point lead and, with off-the-field rumours surrounding Jose Mourinho's position as manager, the Stamford Bridge outfit are possibly as vulnerable now as they have ever been in the past few seasons.
They seem to be looking to what might be happening in the future regarding Mourinho's position, rather than what is happening on the day, and at times that seems to have been a distraction.
They still have good players, but now is the time for the Reds to capitalise and victory will help close the gap to five points on their rivals.
United are the only side to have shown consistency throughout the season and they look the likely title winners at present. That situation could be strengthened with a Liverpool victory and United denying Arsene Wenger's side on Sunday.
Once again, the Anfield crowd will create a tremendous atmosphere, and it is hoped the Reds can turn on a performance worthy of the occasion and put one over Mourinho.
Trading Standard Officers have ordered the urgent recall of a defective product found to be faulty and dangerous.
Over the Christmas and New Year period, tests proved the components in the product called "Chelsea FC" would fall apart when placed under the smallest amount of pressure. Consumers first experienced problems last year, when it was noted the product failed to work properly in Europe. Complaints were made about it malfunctioning and then emitting a continuous whining noise - usually in Portuguese. At the time the complaints were ignored. But when the product started falling apart in Britain over Christmas, the Trading Standards Authority took action.
A spokesman warned: "We particularly want to stress to parents that, with Chelsea FC, there is a genuine risk of choking that may end in tears come May.
Despite assurances from the company behind the product that action was taken to correct the faulty parts, including abandoning the use of the highly unpredictable and sub-standard component "Robert Huth", malfunctions have continued. Consumers have been urged to check the small print carefully for the words "this product may contain traces of Shevchenko". If that is the case buyers of the product are urged to put it back in its box and return immediately. "Shevchenko" has been known to cause a severe allergic reaction in many consumers, causing them to shout involuntarily "You useless Ukrainian t**t and "for f*** sake bring back Carlton Cole".
Holland international Kuyt claims Liverpool are in the best possible form in which to finally end their drought against Mourinho but knows a win is crucial to their ambitions of getting past the Blues.
He said: "If we want to have chance of second place, we know we have to beat them. I'm sure it will be a great game with a great atmosphere, and we can't wait.
"People talk about our record against the top sides but not so long ago we were hearing we couldn't win away from home.
"We've managed to change that record, so we know we are ready for Chelsea.
"We've shown we are in really good form in the Premiership, with only the defeat to Blackburn, which we didn't deserve.
"I feel we're getting better and we could be meeting Chelsea at a good moment for us. We are playing better than we were when we last met."
Saturday's 3-0 victory over bottom side Watford was Liverpool's seventh Premiership win in eight matches and they are actually in the best form of all the teams in the top flight.
However, Chelsea's ability to seemingly win the fixture at will in the league - they have scored nine goals in the five matches during Mourinho's reign - means Saturday will pose the toughest test so far for the rejuvenated Reds.