Jose Mourinho is hoping to all but kill off Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge.
Liverpool have made a sluggish start after showing so much promise last season and only throwing away the title in this very fixture in April as Steven Gerrard’s slip proved fatal.
Should Mourinho’s Blues down Brendan Rodgers’ men on Merseyside the gap between the two clubs will stand at 15 points with 11 games gone.
The Special One believes that will give the hosts the impetus to go out and try to claim all three points because failure would seemingly end their chances of claiming the title.
Mourinho said: “I expect a game where Liverpool know that, if they lose, they are 15 points behind. If they are 15 points behind in November, obviously it's not over but it's difficult. If they win, nine points behind is different to 15. It's a very good motivation for them. So I expect them to try and win.”
Mourinho is expecting those re-energised Reds stars to return on Saturday.
“I'd name the six guys on the bench in Madrid: Gerrard, Lovren, Sterling, Henderson, Balotelli, Johnson,” Mourinho explained.
“We go into every match to win. The reality is that, when the season... before the season starts, when we know that in the first 11 matches of the season we have to go to City, United and Liverpool, you know for sure you have the most difficult fixtures of every team.
“In the first 11 matches, we played them and also Arsenal, but Arsenal at home. You have to go to Manchester twice and Liverpool, the fixtures were very, very difficult.
“If, after 11 matches, we were in a mid-table position because we lost three matches, it would be something normal, very acceptable.
“When we leave Anfield, we will have left behind three of the most difficult stadia to play in all season.
“The points we are getting, one here one there, three here three there, are important points.”
Mourinho today confirmed Diego Costa would start at Anfield despite being omitted from the Spain squad this morning.
Loic Remy is also fit to return to the squad while Daniel Sturridge is a big doubt for Liverpool.
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