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BIG GAME FOCUS; Crouch sets his sights on gunning down Chelsea home record.


PETER CROUCH wants Liverpool to repeat their Champions League heroics against Chelsea when the two teams meet tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.

The Liverpool striker believes a display of the big game mentality the Reds showed in two recent Champions League semi-finals against the Londoners will give them every chance of recording a much needed win.

He said: "We are good enough to beat them and we know that we are because we have done it before.

"If you think back to the league game at Anfield last season when we won 2-0, the two recent Champions League semi finals and even the league game at Anfield a few months back when we were unlucky not to beat them, we have shown that we have the ability to get the better of them and we have to try and do the same thing tomorrow."

Crouch is likely to start up front having scored and set upa goal in his last outing for the Reds at home to Sunderland a week ago.

Manager Rafa Benitez was today deciding whether to pair the England man with Dirk Kuyt or Ryan Babel in a game which Crouch admits is of great importance to both sides.

He said: "It is a big game for us and it was important that we got a good result against Sunderland last week because we can take the confidence we got from that into the Chelsea game.

"We've beaten Chelsea in big games before and this is a big game for us and them.

"They want to challenge Arsenal and Man United and we've got to keep our momentum going.

"So if we can get a good result against them it will stand us in good stead for the games still to come."


IN THE GOALS: Striker Peter Crouch is likely to lead the line for Liverpool when they visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2008
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