Rafa - We never give up

Image: Benitez: Warns Blues

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez insists his side never give up ahead of the game against Chelsea on Sunday.

Reds boss warns Chelsea ahead of their trip to Anfield

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez insists his side never give up ahead of the game against Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds host the Blues at Anfield hoping to put a dent in their Premier League title hopes, although this would mean doing a favour for rivals Manchester United. Liverpool themselves need a win if they are going to stand any chance of finishing fourth this season, although they will also be hoping for the other sides around them to slip up. They crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday at the semi-final stage to Atletico Madrid, leaving them with just the remaining league fixtures to play. Benitez says opposite number Carlo Ancelotti is doing a good job at Stamford Bridge, but warned him of the spirit of Liverpool which the Italian witnessed first hand in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul - which the Reds dramatically came back to win against Ancelotti's AC Milan. "He is doing a really good job at Chelsea," the Spaniard said. "In Istanbul AC Milan did everything that they had to do, but the problem for them and Ancelotti was they were playing against Liverpool and we never give up. "Everyone is down (after the Europa League disappointment) so we have to rest but hopefully we will see a good reaction. "It will be difficult because some people will be a little bit tired but we have to show a good face. "Chelsea are totally different to Atletico but we want to win so we have to play with an offensive mentality."


However, despite his optimism, Benitez knows it will be a tough afternoon against the Blues. He added: "Chelsea are a very strong side. They have a lot of quality and we have played them a lot over the years. "They are a good team; they were in a very good position in December, January; after that they dropped some points but again they are doing well and scoring a lot of goals. "They have players with experience, which is more important than being old, and they can change one or two and still have a lot of experience and quality on the pitch and that is a big difference. "They have quality and confidence and they will push from the beginning."

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