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Liverpool manager wary of Chelsea cheat menace

Maybe we should feel sorry for Didier Drogba, for it’s clear that the Blues striker is gravitationally challenged, especially when he gets near the opposition penalty area. Perhaps he gets nervous at the prospect of scoring a goal that his legs go wobbly and, before he knows it, he’s kissing the turf.

Or perhaps he’s a cheat that many of us will be glad to see leave Stamford Bridge, if the rumours about him leaving are true. You can probably include among that throng Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, who is all too aware of the Ivorian’s tendency to fling himself to the ground at the drop of a hat. Sky Sports report that the Spaniard isn’t expecting the leopard to change his spots ahead of Wednesday night’s match.

“With Drogba, it’s important to have a good referee,” said Benitez. “You can’t do anything, but I will say it because it was so clear. He is amazing because he is massive.

“It’s very impressive. I have a lot of clips of him from over the years and he surprises me. After four years, I expected it.”

“We’ve played against Chelsea 19 games and every time I have collected some clips of Drogba,” Benitez added. “I have shown them to some of the players. I think that Skrtel and Carragher were really good against him the other day. The only problem was the referee was giving fouls. And it was not the same with Torres.”

Will Deputy Drog be kept on a tight leash by Liverpool’s defenders at the Bridge? It’s clear that the striker is very talented and capable of winning the match for his team. However, it would also be no surprise if we saw a few tumbles in the visitors penalty area after some non-existent challenges from Liverpool’s defence.

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