Will Liverpool number nine make any difference to Reds’ lousy record at Chelsea?

Steven Gerrard seems to think so. It’s over four years since Liverpool scored at Stamford Bridge, something that doesn’t bode well for them when they play Chelsea on Wednesday. In their favour, the Reds can point to the fact that they have scored in every away match in the Champions League this season, including a 1-0 win away at Inter.

The match winner that evening was Fernando Torres and The Times reports that the Spaniard’s captain thinks the new goalscoring hero of the Kop could be the difference between the two teams. However, it’s questionable as to how much service the Liverpool number nine will receive; after all, he failed to hit the back of the net in the first leg.

“Chelsea might have a slight advantage, but there is another 90 minutes to go and we have got to have the belief and confidence that we can go through, otherwise it would be pointless going there,” Gerrard said. “We haven’t been to Stamford Bridge yet with Fernando Torres in the team – and that could make a difference. I could see on his face how disappointed he was at not scoring, but that’s how he is. He expects to score in every game and, to be fair, he has done more often than not. It was still apparent how he causes real problems for defences and it will be the same down there. You wouldn’t put it past him to get that all-important away goal that could end up taking us through.”

If Liverpool are to progress, you imagine it will be done either by winning 1-0 or getting that ‘all-important away goal’, drawing 1-1 and winning the match on penalties as they did last season. It’s not just Torres that needs a big game – the likes of Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel will have to rise to the occasion if the Chelsea defence are to be troubled.

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