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Liverpool boss compares Crystal Palace to Chelsea on style of play

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LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers has compared Crystal Palace to Chelsea with a damning verdict of the way the Blues play football. Following Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho's side, the Anfield manager criticised Chelsea's defensive style of play and believes it could be how the Eagles will setup on Monday next week. Liverpool not only have to win at Selhurst Park but also by a relatively huge margin depending on how Manchester City get on against Everton 48 hours beforehand on Saturday. That is because should City and Liverpool win their remaining games, Manuel Pellegrini's men will win the Premier League title on goal difference as it stands. Rodgers says Liverpool's experience against Chelsea will prepare them for how he believes Tony Pulis' side will play. "It's not difficult to coach to just get ten players right on your 18-yard box and it is difficult to break through," said Rodgers. "You could see from the first whistle that the plan was to frustrate but teams work in a different way. "We are a team that tries to win in a sporting manner, try to work and initiate the game with the ball. "I understand if it's late in the game and players are taking their time. It can be frustrating from the first whistle but that is how teams will set up and the nature of some coaches and managers you have to deal with it. "I like to take the initiative in games and let players express themselves. Our game is based on being offensively being creative as opposed to stopping. "This will probably prepare us for that because of the nature of how Crystal Palace play."

Liverpool boss compares Crystal Palace to Chelsea on style of play


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