Cesar Azpilicueta has backed Chelsea to wreck Liverpool’s Premier League title chances for the second time in five years this weekend.
The Blues’ 2-0 win at Anfield in April 2014 derailed Liverpool’s title tilt, paving the way for Manchester City to snatch the league crown.
Steven Gerrard’s slip gifted Willian the last-gasp second goal to end Liverpool’s 16-match unbeaten streak in a defeat that floored Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Liverpool are once more close to that elusive first title since 1990, but again City will push the Reds to the death – and Spain defender Azpilicueta believes the Blues can also dash Anfield hopes.
“It was a few years ago, but we went there and they had the party ready because they were smashing every team at Anfield,” said Azpilicueta.
“We arrived with a very clear idea, and we produced the game we had to at that moment to beat that team that was getting very good results.
“So to beat them 2-0 was very important, an important win for the club and the fans.
“We enjoyed that day and hopefully we can replicate it on Sunday.
“It’s not about frustrating Liverpool, it’s about playing our game.
“We know they are fighting for the title but for us every point is very important for the top four. It’s an important game.
“We know we’re going to play a very strong side, but first of all we need to keep the solidity that we’ve shown in the last games, and defend very well as a team because they are a big threat.
“And if we take our chances, I think we’ve proved ourselves already this season when we won (2-1) in the League Cup (in August). I think it’s a big game, and everyone’s looking forward to it.”